Guides Day Off

Every once in a while, I get to actually go fishing. You may be thinking to yourself, "you fish every day, it's your job!" Guide days are spent rowing, untangling lines, and re rigging flies and leaders. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Even better than getting a day to fish on my own, is a day of fishing with my fellow guide buddies. We get the chance to bounce techniques off each other and pick each other's brains about ideas we have. With such a complex fishery and huge ecosystem, developing that kind of synergy is key to success on the water on a daily basis.  

Even more rare is a day on the water with three guides fishing in primo conditions for catching trophy browns. Tommy, Jason, and myself scored that day. When these rivers turn on, it can totally blow your mind. It was such a fun day, that I had to share a few photos.  And for the record, I got out fished...

Jason with a heavy 27.5" pig! 

Jason with a heavy 27.5" pig! 

The boys cheesin' with one of a couple two-footers  

The boys cheesin' with one of a couple two-footers  

The Longest Winter

If you haven't been outside in the past two months, then you may not have experienced the polar vortex that has taken the country over. We have felt it here, with numb hands, frozen rod guides, and icey boats, but that hasn't slowed the fishing down on the White and Norfork.

Conditions like this make it a huge possibility to land big fish like the one my great client, Andy, boated last week!

Watch closely and you might just see some fish caught on the surface... Enjoy!

Keep your eyes peeled for more videos, brought to you from Flight Outdoors and yours truly!


Winter Fishing Report 2/4/14

Yet again, I have to apologize for fewer fishing reports as I had promised. Good news, duck season 2013-2014 has come to an end and I can finally get some sleep back and get caught up! There has been some excellent winter fishing, despite the nasty weather we have experienced. Not only here, but across the country, there has been a lot of extremely cold weather and snow. With cold weather comes shad kills around here, though.


White River: The flows have been all over the place. During the work week, generation patterns have been much higher. Flows in the 4,000-17,000 cfs range can be experienced on a daily basis. Over the past couple of weekends, there have been large windows of minimum flow, allowing great wade fishing and easier nymphing. The streamer fishing is slowly starting to turn on, as a lot of the late spawning fish are finishing up their annual dance and getting ready to pack on the pounds once again. The size of streamer depends on the amount of generation, with the lower flows catering to smaller streamers and vice-versa. The nymphing has been stellar, with ruby midges, scuds in tan, grey or olive, and sow bugs being my favorite patterns fished under an egg pattern. 

Norfork: The flows have been pretty much all over the place on the 'fork. In the higher flows, there is definitely a chance of shad being pulled through the dam, as Norfork is a smaller lake than Bull Shoals, and the shad are affected by the cold easier. Small white shad patterns fished under an indicator will be the most effective technique for fish keyed on the small baitfish. Obviously, this method is best from a boat. In lower flows, it seems the fish will eat nearly anything lately. Egg patterns, midges, scuds, and sow bugs (sound familiar?) will do the trick in sizes 14-20. We are starting to see some high quality fish in the Norfork over the past several months, including a good handful of rainbows and cutthroat over 20", and browns seem to all range in the 18-22" range.