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White River Welcome For April Vokey

New Friends _ April Vokey and Colby

New Friends _ April Vokey and Colby

THE cast splashed down deep into a nook in the bank, right where it needed to land, the mass of wool, marabou and steel  composing itself into something fishy enough to attract the interest of the Lord of the Eddy. The fly sashayed its way out into the current, a BIG shadow below and astern and closing. It was about this time I lost my guide cool.

“Strip April, Strip, Faster Strip, Strip Strip,” echoed across the water in an Aussie accent _ it would only be later that we got the giggles, as we were both intent on that fish, the one we were after, tracking the fly out further and further, into the current, and right up to the stern. Here I though it would have turned away, but now it followed all the way to the rod tip. This brown was not boat shy.

 How big? I’m a chronic under estimater when it comes to fish in the water, but it had mid-20s length and big girth probably 10+ maybe more, it doesn’t really matter. April’s eyes were huge, and words were coming in a rush. ” I didn’t know trout could be so predatory. Wow they aren’t like rainbow’s at all.”

And this wasn’t the only monster brown we would meet.

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Been A While Coming

Robert Hime and one very nice brown

Robert Hime and one very nice brown

ROBERT Hime was seriously due for a nice brown. So yesterday’s early start paid off with this nice 20″ brown, which fell to a Whitlock Deep Shad, fished on 25′ of Rio T-11 tungsten sinking line.

I started fishing with Robert several years ago on Beaver _ his son Mason has been in Coach Hunt’s fly fishing club at Fayetteville High and had inspired Robert to pick up the lond wand too. He subsequently joined me over here for a couple of trips, including a memorable tangle with a seriously big brown at CaneIsland on high water last year.

So we went early and banged the banks yesterday looking for a big fish, we had some shots and swipes and a bunch of follows, plus several smaller fish, but it was finally Robert’s Day


Kaenon Kore Review

Kaeonon Kore _ Sunset at Wildcat

Kaeonon Kore _ Sunset at Wildcat

IF the topic of polarised sunglasses has ever come up in conversation, you have probably heard me grouching over the lack of choices for those of us with less than 20/20 vision. If you are one of us and are serious about your sightfishing then you have heard many time sunglass retailers and optometrists etc telling you “Oh no that frame doesn’t come in Rx. We can’t do wraps like that”.

Thank the Good Lord for Kaenon putting it on the line and making 8.8 base wraps like my new Kaenon Kore in prescription. I have to thank Arty Hargrove and Jon Sherrell at Kaenon who got me sorted. My opinion guys: After a couple of weeks wearing these in a variety of conditions from bright sun to cloudy rain, these are the best glasses I have had in 15 years of serious sight fishing and I’ve had a few pairs. (more…)


Big Brown in the Fog

Joeys hard work paid off

Joey's hard work paid off

GETTING on the water, opening the throttle and getting a cool breeze going was bliss after the day Joey Pucket and I had had. We almost would have been happy simply riding around but we wanted a fish or two, preferably brown and preferably big. (more…)


The Rain Has Gone.

 

Rainy Day Brown

Rainy Day Brown

 THIS Entry deserves a little musical accompaniment. Jeff Hearn mightn’t have said exactly that the rain was gone, but that was his intent. I think he was keen to fish.

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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.

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Fishing with the Dugans

A nice 18 bow for Brenda

A nice 18" bow for Brenda

Perhaps it was recognition of a shared obsession and attitude but I’d wanted to fish Jim and Brenda Dugan for about as long as I’d known them. Jim, when he is in town for their regular visits, is regular as clockwork arriving around the time the doors open for a morning coffee, and a yarn while allowing Brenda some extra sleep.

Jim is a gear head, with a love for fine toys, a serious student of the intricacies of fly fishing and tying, but wrapping it all in a serious sense of fun. If we pondered it together I think we probably both agree this is just a game for big kids. So when Jim and Brenda’ name was drawn in the Marlene Hada Benefit I knew it was going to be a fun day. (more…)


Fall colors and Fat Fish

Skip and a hefty White River Rainbow

Skip and a hefty White River Rainbow

I spent the past 2 days on the White River, and contrary to reports, the fishing was a lot of fun. It was certainly a lot better than I was expecting too, what with the low DO levels and high water temps. Perhaps it was the cool change, perhaps karma, all that really matters is you are having fun. (more…)


Streamer Time

Streamer Eating Brown

Streamer Eating Brown

Little break from guiding what with the Conclave, orders in the shop to do and finally a weekend with the family. I’ve been on the water the past two Monday’s tossing streamers with friends. Its a fun way to fish and there is nothing like watching fish come an monster that fly. (more…)


“Drift” Trailer, a Confluence Films Production

Bec and I fly out Saturday to Denver for the annual industry “bum struggle” _ thank my father for the colorful Aussie colloquialism _ the Fly Fishing Retailer show.

Sorry to those who I had to put off this weekend but I’m back on deck Thursday. I’ll be checking emails and so on, hopefully even blogging some posts, but between Flylife and Mountain River duties, its a hectic few days, tantalisingly close to all the new stuff you want to try out, and a big hunk of great water I’ve never fished.

One of those events we will be attending is the premier of our mate Jim Klug’s latest venture _ he’s a bit like Davy Wotton only bigger, both of them have done just about everything possible in the industry.
Anyway I digress, Drift looks to be a fantastic movie and the premiere should be a lot of fun.
Might have to wear my fancy fishing shirt that night

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Memories of Alaska

 

Thats my mate on the left, serious rainbow too

That's my mate on the left, serious rainbow too

In fact 7 years ago this morning, I was lying in bed in Stacy’s former cabin remembering just how many fish I’d caught the day before, when there was a knock at the door. The cabin had the only TV and we were woken with the news that an aircraft had struck the World Trade Centre. (more…)


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…)

King Salmon on Kodiak Island

40lb+ Kodiak King

40lb+ Kodiak King

I’ve started adding some of my articles from my travels across the US. I’ve been lucky enough to fish in some fantastic places and meet some great people. Its an interesting exercise going back to these pieces and digging out some old pics.

This piece followed my 2002 trip to Kodiak Island in search of the Kings of the Pacific Salmon. One article was published in Flylife Magazine but like any hack I wanted more space, to tell more of the story. This was it.

Hope you enjoy the Kings of Kodiak too.


Low Water on The White

Low water and the fish are fat and sassy

Low water and the fish are fat and sassy

Well we have had a week of low water now courtesy of Gustav’s downpour and its been serious fun. Sorry to say we can’t predict how much long its going to continue but if you can take a personal day, a sickie however you can hit it tomorrow. (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

TWO SISTERS ON THE WHITE

Elizabeth Rogers, first brown anywhere

Elizabeth Rogers, first brown anywhere

 

Received this batch of great photos from Elizabeth Rodgers from a morning trip onto the White earlier this summer. Elizabeth and her sister Emily joined me for a taste of high water fly fishing. Emily had caught her first fish the day before with Marc Poulos on Norfork. (more…)


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.


Hello world!

White River Brown Trout Released

White River Brown Trout Released

Gday, I’m Steve Dally and welcome to my personal blog for my fly fishing guide service on the White River, and Norfork Tailwater.

As you can see SplashesWithFishes is still under construction, I’m pulling together content to try and knock this into shape and give you a reason to come back. You might also be interested in my first WordPress Blog, the Mountain River Journal, which has become one of the WordPress’ Top 50 fastest growing English language blogs.

So what can you expect. First and foremost, honest and regular fishing reports from the White River, Norfork Tailwater, plus Ozark waters we fish on, and from other places too. We are building our pages on what our rivers are like to fish and the general techniques. We are planning articles on tips and tricks, some rod and reel stuff as you would expect from a gear head, plus a fair dose of humor.

We will also be drawning in archived articles  from my various other writing outlets, Flylife Magazine, the Mountain River Journal Blog and some older writings from my travels across the US. Other than that we fully expect like the Journal and the Dam Store Report this corner of the fly fishing world to evolve and take on a life of its own.

We hope firstly you are informed, second that you are entertained, and thirdly hope it piques your interest to take book a trip on the White or Norfork River.

Welcome to the journey.

Steve