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We are starting to see sulphurs and a few caddis stragglers are still present. Our guides are also reporting a little action on hoppers and streamers so right now a smorgasbord of flies that are working!
If you would like to have your pictures posted on our website, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.orgThis is a sure sign that Winter is here and trophy brown trout fishing is in full swing. With temperatures dropping every day and lunkers emerging from the depths there is no better season to fish our waters here in Arkansas! Fishing Report - By John Berry,Blue Ribbon Staff Guide, updated every Thursday. Blue Ribbon Fly Shop, in the world of fly fishing and fly shops, there are very few truly unique and friendly establishments. From the second you walk through the doors of either the shop itself or the delectable Anglers Coffee Café, you will know that you have found something special with friendly folks that will always strive to ensure that all visitors have the most productive and enjoyable experience as possible.
The fly shop itself is fully loaded with everything that one could possibly need for a fun and successful day on the water, and it is also stocked a wide range of inventory of specialty items for raw beginners to seasoned anglers and everyone in between. There are many fly shops around the country that have the reputation for being tight-lipped or for brushing off those who are relatively new to the sport. Our philosophy is to treat every customer with the utmost of respect, regardless of their desire for local knowledge or their skill level; this is why Blue Ribbon is gaining the reputation as one of the best fly shops around. Beginners will always be treated with patience as they seek out critical advice regarding what they need and where they should fish in order to realize that initial level of success that will encourage them to fall in love with the sport, and advanced fly fishermen who make it a habit to check in before hitting the water will not be disappointed by a staff that is eager to share ‘insider information’, hot spots and the areas where the most big fish are being caught by both the guides and other fishermen.
One of the best ways to get a feel for the uniqueness of the White and Norfork is to spend a day with a seasoned and insured guide – this guarantees that anglers will be able to fish all day long without worrying about fluctuating water levels, and it is also the most efficient way to learn what to look for in terms of what types of water and which areas are typically the most productive. Ozark fly fishing culture is unique in the respect that most of the area guides operate as independent entities with no affiliation to an outfitter. This is a result of lax oversight of guiding operations in the state of Arkansas, and the current system can be both positive and negative; especially when it comes to insurance and your safety. Blue Ribbon works with the best guides that you will find anywhere, and they are all extremely patient and passionate about the rivers, conservation and fly fishing in general. When the water is low, most will use boats to find secluded wading water by getting away from the often crowded walk-in sections. Also, having a vessel handy allows them to be prepared to keep on fishing if the river levels do rise at some point during the day. Our guides use both traditional motorized riverboats that are indigenous to the Ozarks and Western style drift boats. The Blue Ribbon staff will work with you in order to best cater the trip to your specific desires, so please do not hesitate to let us know what type of experience you are seeking during the booking process so that we can match you up with the perfect guide.
Attached to the hip of the fly shop is the Anglers Coffee Café. This fly fishing hang out prides itself on serving the finest of everything, and the atmosphere is most inviting. There you'll find a custom fly tying table where you can whip up a few patterns before hitting the water, and the rustic style layout is perfect for relaxing while watching a fly fishing DVD on the flat screen television or for just putting your feet up while resting on a comfortable couch after a great day on the water. For those that want everything taken care of during their fly fishing trip, which is especially important for group outings, the Anglers Coffee Café even offers all-inclusive catering services that provide three meals a day so that you can focus on what’s really important: how the fish are biting. Blue Ribbon Fly Shop is extremely proud to be able to offer such high quality and interesting cuisine, and whether you just want a great cup of java and some authentic, freshly made, New Orleans style beignets to start your morning or a tasty lunch that will satisfy those with the most discriminating taste, be sure to give Anglers Coffee Café a try the next time you are in the White River and Norfork area. There is really no place like it.
Besides offering everything you could possibly need for an unforgettable outing on the premiere year-round trout fisheries in the country either at the fly shop or the café, Blue Ribbon will be offering on-site lodging that offers the best in value, convenience and style in the region. We have enlisted the help of Jack London to design and build four exquisite log cabins for our guests, the Blue Ribbon ANGLER SERIES, and each unit is specifically designed with an angler’s needs in mind. Now, it is possible to have every aspect of your fly fishing adventure taken care of by Blue Ribbon. Rest assured that these cabins offer up the most comfortable layouts to be found anywhere, and located adjacent to the fly shop and Anglers Coffee Café, in a section of the property we refer to as Anglers Village. All three entities are smack dab in the heart of the Ozark's best fly fishing areas. Norfork Dam is just ten minutes away, Rim Shoals is fifteen minutes from the cabins and Bull Shoals Dam, where the most well-known stretch of the White River begins, is a mere twenty-five minutes from the Blue Ribbon complex. Plus, there are many other wonderful areas within a short drive. Having a central location is critical on fluctuating tailwaters such as the White and Norfork because we never know what the water conditions are going to be like on any given day; this saves time and minimizes frustration. When you start your day at Blue Ribbon, the best stretches of river are never more than 25 minutes away, and if you are fishing on your own, we will be more than happy to help you come up with a game plan that will maximize your fishing time based on the water conditions at hand.
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 12/05/2013
During the past week, we have had no rain, warmer then colder temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals rose nine tenths of a foot to rest at one foot below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty seven feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake remained steady at a foot below power pool and sixteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake remained steady at two and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool or eleven and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had wadable water every day. Norfork Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at one and two tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty seven and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water every day and moderate generation in the evening.
The water level for the top of power pool has been reset lower for some of the lakes in the White River system. With all of the lakes in the White River system below power pool and the temperatures moderating, I predict that we will receive more wadable water, in the coming weeks.
The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close from November 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period.
On the White, we have had wadable water day and the hot spot has been the section from White Hole down to the Narrows. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed pheasant tail suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). Olive woolly buggers have also produced some nice trout
The Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are extremely low. With colder temperatures, the smallmouth are much less active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.
There has been wadable water on the Norfork every day. With wadable water every day on the White River it has received much less pressure. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.
Dry Run Creek has fished particularly well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week, when there is no one there. Weekends can get a bit crowded. Numerous brown trout have moved into the creek.The hot flies have been sowbugs, Y2Ks and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Use at least 4X tippet (I prefer fluorocarbon) to maximize your youngsters chance at landing a big one. Carry the largest net that you can lay your hands on and do not forget the camera. While you are there take a few minutes and tour the adjacent Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure and remove your waders before entering, to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.
The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.
Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.
John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years. John can be reached at (870) 435-2169 or http://www.berrybrothersguides.com.
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