Here is some gear we carry and use on our guided float trips. We are a dealer for Winston fly rods, Bauer reels and Airflo fly lines and do keep good inventory that is matched to our gear in the boat. We start streamer fishing in January on the White River and our go to rods are the Winston Air Salt, BIII Plus and Kairos in 6 thru 9wt with most common being a 8wt. Hard to beat a Bauer SST8 reel then loaded with Airflo Streamer Max. We will be bringing tons of gear with us to Arkansas for our winter stay!
The weather and water both have been up-and-down. The water has been pretty low most of the time with the exception of one to three hour bursts. Occasionally these releases are 100 to 200 mw at bull Shoals dam and 40 to 80 mw at Norfork Dam. This creates a window for streamer fishing although nymphing the lower flows has been more consistent. Either way, the river is in great shape and the brown trout continue to thrive. Also due to recently passed regulations the rainbow trout and cutthroat trout should start to grow much larger over the next 1 to 2 years. Top producing flies have been Sunday Special, root beer midge, girdle bug and lots of small egg patterns. An ideal setup now is combining small midges with micro egg pattern or very small beads. Current report from White River guide Clint Wilkinson. Clint will be working with us this winter on out group trips. If your looking for float trip now contact Clint at www.whiteriver-flyfishing.com
The Slop Mop has always been one of our top patterns on the White River. Pat Cohen is tier who came up with this design and now has a new 4" size. The large shovel head with weight in it isthe key on getting streamer deeper and more action. Been using the smaller size this fall here in Michigan and producing well. Ideal for lower flows than original. We will be adding the new size to our online sales very soon.
The White River below Bull Shoals Dam has had consistent generation, around one unit round the clock during the weekends This flow is roughly 2800-3000cfs, And larger pushes during the morning hours Monday-Friday. The flow has been great for nymphing. With recent rains, San Juan Worms have been working well in Size 14 in various shades of Pink. We have Also been seeing lots of micro caddis and Blue Wing olives after lunch. This is a great time to pick apart eddies with Dries or drop some soft hackles or emergers off your point fly. You can't go wrong with the classics Like pheasant tails and Hares ears. The pushes from the Dam have been upwards of 10,000cfs usually ramping up around 7:00 am for a few hours and then tapering back down. These flows have been trashy and tough to fish, until they become a little longer and consistent. The Brown trout bite has been scattered. One day you'll find a few nice browns on the move but for the most part they have settled into the redds and deserve to be left alone. Small streamers on floating lines in deep tail outs are your best bet for searching…