Trip Report 10/9-10

16 10 2017

Fished the Fork last Monday and Tuesday.

They finally shut down the generation but water conditions were far from perfect. The water is very off color caused by, in my uneducated opinion, the flooding from this spring. This has happened the last two times there has been major flooding on the lake. The dirty water just heads down stream and the last place that clears up is the dam (and the river) area. Add to that the lake is starting to turn over and not only does it get dirty but stinks right below the dam. That is why I haven’t been fishing.

Having said that the fish are still there! Decided to fish because we had “relatives” who wanted to give it a go. Would have fished the White but wading was going to be hit and miss. Took my brother from Seattle fly fishing for the very first time. Didn’t take long for him to get the hang of of it. He caught fish both days on the olive bugger. I hope he will continue ti pursue the sport  as he lives close to some great trout fishing.

My nephew, who got me started fly fishing, and his son were also there. They both did really good mostly on the midge. My brother David, whose 50th wedding anniversary celebration was the reason for us being together, was also fishing. We spent most of our time keeping the others on fish.

It was great. Hopefully the water will return to “normal” soon.

God Bless!




Trip Report AR Nov.28 – Dec. 1, 2016

5 12 2016

Drove up in the rain drove back in the rain. The rain was much needed so no complaints. The weather finally cooled off and it was great fishing weather. Hopefully Norfork Lake is about through turning over as the water is a bit cloudy.

When the DO is low the SWPA is asked not to run the generators at more than half capacity. Apparently the more load the worse the DO gets. This could explain why the Fork has seen such low generation for such long periods of time. There have been some periods of no generation but not many. As things return to “normal” there should be heavier generation for shorter periods of time. In the winter they usually generate in the mornings and off before noon all depends on how cold it is and how much electricity needs to be generated. This is of course all speculation, based on many years of observation, on my part.

Started fishing at the dam while they were running “one” unit and did fair. Love to fish the dam if there are not too many people. First fish was nice little brookie.


Caught the water off  Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 until about 3 makes for a pretty good day of fishing.

The eagles were out down river. Also saw a deer swimming the river as well as  a bunch of Turkeys.


This rainbow was the big fish of the trip. Got him on a red sanjuan worm wading on the aforementioned one unit before the water fell out.


This nice cutthroat fell to the ruby midge.


Had a beautiful sunset on Thursday.


As usual one of the best parts of the trip was meeting new people. Matt was fishing with his dad at the dam and knocking them out. Mark had just moved to the area and was very excited about the fishing.

Be back soon. Real soon.






AR Trip Report Monday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 17, 2015

18 06 2015

I have been a bit remiss in posting in that I have been putting most fishing reports on the FlyFishingArkansas website.

Like we have said before timing is everything. Rain not as bad as originally suggested but that may be changing.

Fished Monday and Wednesday and what can I say? This might get me in trouble over at FFAM but the fishing on the Fork is just lights out. Wednesday I saw one boat fishing in the C&R. Met a gentleman and his son from Hattiesburg, MS at the boat ramp. I pass out my “business” card a lot and often get asked if I am a guide. Guides do not get to fish enough! I almost always tell folks to give me a call if when they are in the area but they rarely do.

Pressure from bait guides is increasing and all I can say is, “Where have you been?” Also a lot more fly guides in drift boats. I know a lot of the guides and most, but not all, are good folks. The deal is not many more people wading. I have nor seen the poaching that is often cited else where but I almost always leave as soon as the water comes up which is when more power boats access the C&R.

Most of us go through phases in life and in fishing. When I swapped from mainly bass fishing to fly fishing it was all about numbers. If we weren’t chasing a hundred it was a bad day. And the bug of choice was Hank’s Wooly Bugger. Let me be truthful I have never caught a “big” trout in AR. Not when you consider the state record is over 40 lbs. Big fish are being taken on bait still and some people are catching some big’uns on streamers fly-fishing mostly out of boats. But, I want to be in the water (to a certain point J) not on it. We did go smaller as far as flies are concerned midges, soft hackles, sow bugs etc. Still some impressive numbers and a twenty inch fish on an 18 – 20 midge is pretty cool.

Sight fishing has become the most fun for me. Really started for me personally when Brent and I started feeding beads to big trout in AK. I have a hard time spotting fish but and getting better at it. Brent can see them from a mile away. And I always remembered John Wilson taking Joe Humphries wading on the Little Red and Norfork on some TV show (I have it video taped.) They caught some monsters! I make a prediction that those days are coming back on the Fork.

Had a great time and will be back soon Lord willing.

“Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught. 11 Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken. 12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.” John 21:10-14

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Norfork 3-30 and 4-2

5 04 2015

Had  a great couple of days fishing with Brent this past week. We were not able to make it to the Sowbug Roundup in Mt. Home but got the next best thing. Arrived at the house after church Sunday about 5:30 p.m. I was a little surprised when the generation schedule said they would be off at 9 a.m. Monday. With all the rain the lakes are above conservation pool. When this happens they often run non-stop until they pull the lake levels down. So we were blessed when they shut off on schedule.  Another thing that is happening is that the COE seems to be unable to come to a standard way of reporting how the generators are operating since minimum flow. I hope they get it straightened out soon. The saving grace is the webcams. At least in the daylight you can actually see what is going on.

At any rate we had a great time Monday. We both like to sight fish and conditions were perfect for that. Both of us caught several nice fish on Ruby Midges. We had one rather large bow spotted but could not entice the strike. The one below was not so finicky.

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The underwater shot! We were serenaded by eagles all day Monday. Very cool!


We caught several cutts but noting like the size we were getting a couple of years ago. Seem to still be the ones that they stock not the fish from the eggs that were planted.


Fished out of the boat Thursday and did pretty good. Neither one of us get to excited about fishing on high water but my guess is that is all there will be for awhile. Brent is headed back to AK Tuesday and we are already making plans for this summer!




Christmas Cheer!!

26 12 2014

Can’t think of a better way to spend the Christmas holidays than fishing with friends and family. Bro. was having Christmas in AR with his oldest son and his family. Since t had been way too long since I fished with my nephew I made the run up for a couple of days. It was certainly worth the effort.

Had a couple of great days on the Fork. Weather was perfect cool and raining! Monday hit Dry Run Creek with David III and then down river to the C&R. David did pretty good for his first trip in some time. He turns 16 next year we are hoping to get him one more trip in before then. Learning a lot about Dry Run that is surprising! His dad David II got me started fly fishing. Picked up some quality fish down river. Have found you need to be patient on falling water. Seems like the fishing just gets better as the day wears on.

Tuesday spent more time at Dry Run and then fished the dam. Fishing on Dry Run was even better this day. As I have said before the dam is one of my favorite places to fish if it is not crowded it wasn’t. The sow bug is hard to beat up there although the midge is a close second. Had lunch at Heidi’s in Norfork can’t beat the Turkey Rubin.

Don’t know when we will be back but hopefully not too long.




Don’t know when we will be back but hopefully not too long.

Don’t get any ideas this is in our next door neighbor’s back yard in MS. Isn’t that a nice coon?


AR Trip Report Oct-Nov 2014

15 11 2014

It has been awhile since I posted anything here. I guess we have been having too much fun. God is good!

We have also been  reminded, too often, we live in a fallen world. Jesus said in this world we would have tribulation but we are to be of good cheer He has overcome the world. The reality of being a Christian is that the best is yet to come!!!

I am almost sure Jesus must have been looking over something like this when he reminded us the fields are white unto harvest. (Just outside Cruger, MS)


We have been to Norfork a couple of times in October and November. I think this is my favorite time of the year to go. The weather has been super and the changing of the leaves very nice. Fishing has been hit and miss.

This time of year the lake is turning over and the oxygen level at the dam plummets. The siphon  system that provides minimum flow is down again. One of the advantages of the siphon is that it provides more oxygen to the river. They are running minimum flow through one of the generators which only increases the low oxygen problem.

Still a slow day on the Fork is better than average day a lot of other places. Fish move out of the slack water areas and into the riffles and shoals. We have been fishing the upper C&R (nothing new here) and having success on zebra midges, sow bugs and the occasional “disco” bugger. Browns are hard to find “many are spawning in Dry  Run Creek. We have been getting mostly bows with the occasional cutt.

Some of the “better” bows we have been catching.



This one is special in that I caught “her” in place I have never even seen a fish before. If there is a secret place on the Fork this would have to be it.


Some other scenery.

Eagle in top of tree. (Try zooming in.)


Just below Gene’s.


Push Mt. Road.


Return of the Lost Rod and Reel!

20 02 2014

The year fishing has started off with a bang! First trip to AR in February started off with a wreck! (Hit two cars on an icy road and “lost” a rod and my “precious” reel.) Fished a couple of days but my heart wasn’t in it. Did get to go out with my friend Mike from St. Louis always a good time. Snowed in a couple of days and had to pull the car to the end of the driveway to be able to get out and get home.


February, 17-22. Now for the rest of the story. As we say around these parts, “All’s swell that ends swell.” Nobody was hurt in the wreck. After police report everyone drove off with no “major” damage. And my new “friend” and brother in Christ, Kevin, found and returned my rod and reel. He found the serial number on the rod called Sage and they paid to have the outfit picked up and sent back to me! So Gail and I looked for the first decent weather and here we are. God is good all the time!

Fished Monday with Bro-in- law Jack at Steamboat Shoals. Good day lots of bows noting big.


Tuesday fished the Fork on dead low water. They are having trouble with the siphon and they were not running any flood gates. Siphon is working as of today. Headed to my new favorite spot and it was epic. Water is still a bit stained and it was partly cloudy so while not perfect for sight fishing it was close enough. Nothing but bows for the first couple of hours but some very nice fish (see below). And just like that the browns moved in four over fifteen inches with one near to if not over twenty. Sling the Don’s Bug out there, drift if by, watch him move on it – bam – fish on. It hardly gets any better than that! Thought I was pretty “hot stuff” until my friend Joe showed me the 27 his son had caught – out of the place I just left.

Well hope to get out tomorrow before we head home.

God Bless!