Steve Dally's White River Fly Fishing Guide Service


They Grow Up So Fast

Emily _ steelheadEmily _ steelhead click for larger pic


I guess its the lot of parents, teachers and ageing fly fishing guides. You watch them start out on the path, all wide eyed and innocent, sponges for information. Then they grow up fast.

I received this pic from my Cincinnati mate Ted Grossman. I known Ted since a great trip several years ago when I was guiding on the uppermost tailwaters of the White, and we have stayed in touch since then. Three kids, two adults, two guides and a whole bunch of fun.

Emilys first rainbow

Emily’s first rainbow

I got the kids the first morning, it didn’t take long for Em to catch her first wild rainbow, learning the craft. The guide learnt to retie leaders faster than ever before. The two days went way too fast a firm friendships were made.

Then Ted sends me the pic of Emily’s steelhead taken this year on trip to Oregon. That is one hell of a fish from that tight water. Wish I’d been there to watch it. Thanks to you both


Emily on that first trip

Emily on that first trip

Crystal First Time Fishing

Crystals First Brown Trout _ 21

Crystal's First Brown Trout _ 21"

DRY Run Creek is a special fishery. But its still taken over 12 months for us to get a fly rod in our eldest daughter Crystal’s hand. 4 casts and 3 fish later she finds this great brown.

Dry Run Creek is on fire right now, bring your under-16 fly fishers over and we can help them find fish like these.


Tying the Camel Midge

This is my stepdaughter tying one of my favorite patterns for Norfork at the ’07 Conclave in Mountain Home.
I think this was basically my bud Chad Johnson’s pattern, butCrystal’s a dab hand at whipping them out with the thin profile I really like.

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Tonight’s The Night

If you are a born in the southern part of Australia, the last weekend in September means one thing _ the AFL Grand Final. This is our football, no pad, no helmets, 120 minutes of fun.
Nothing like it. I only stopped playing when I moved to the States, probably 25 years in the game.
Tonight at11pm I’ll watch it live for only the second time since being on this side of the Pond. if you have dish network sports packages its Ch 406.

Enjoy the highlights reel.


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Gratuitous Low Water Fish pics

Brown on a dry from a shallow slough

Brown on a dry from a shallow slough


 Oooh man, the past week has been a lot of fun, with some great low water and the chance to fish with some mates. Getting into waders tossing some dries, nymphs and even for a rarity swinging some buggers was a lot of fun, after months of high water.
But now it looks like the Generation on the White is increasing slowly day by day. You could still have got some morning wading in this morning, but we are going to be returning to the boats soon enough.
The big question is what is Hurricaine Ike going to do, its projected path could dump more water in our area. Depending what and where we could end up with more low water. Don’t miss out. Enjoy some more of these pictures to whet your appetite. (more…)

The Jones’ on the White.

Kerry and her 17 bow

Kerry and her 17" bow

Vernon Jones has fished with me 3 years running and I always look forward to his company. He has a swag full of fishing tales from salt to fresh, a fine sense of humor, and he trusts me with his grandchildren, quite an honor, from a very experienced fly fisher.
I’ve spent 2 years with Morgan and Ian but this was my first trip with Kerrie _ it all worked out and now Vernon has another fly fishing buddy

Catch This


Our man at SA Eric Kraimer sent us this link. Very cool new e-magazine, some great pics, the scroll through feature a bit unwieldy for me, perhaps I should let one of my teenagers turn the pages. Great photography tho from Brian O’Keefe

Check it out.