THE Summer crowds of fly fishers have returned to their cities, their regular jobs, and the river is left to a motley crew of seriously addicted. The leaves have turned, and in many cases have fallen, the mornings are cool, and while the days are unseasonally warm, the fair weather fishers have largely fled. You have to want it a little more to keep fishing November through February.
My buddy Jeff needed the outing, his wife Cindy is back in for more treatment for a long brave battle with cancer and his thoughts and days are consumed. He found one day free and we took the Clacka from State Park to White Hole, a nice float without too bad a shuttle. Jeff usually demands the oars to let me fish more than my share, today it was his turn. And the fish did their part, 20 odd browns to about 19″ and a mess of rainbows.
I still caught plenty, and lost a really nice brown to a hook opening up, a rarity, but it wasn’t my tie _ I try and stick with TMCs for a good reason. But it really didn’t matter it was more fun seeing Jeff’s grin when we pulled up on a little run on a feeling I had, he took 3 steps from the boat as I scooted away and proceeded to whallop 5 really good browns on about he same number of casts. Its good out here now, and if you can get away midweek all the better.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will decide September 24 on whether to expand the Norfork Tailwater Trophy Zone to 2.6 miles or 2 miles.
The AGFC proposal, developed by the river advisory commission with fisheries biologists, seemed to be rolling along swimmingly, until a couple of resort owners with the support of the Norfork and Salesville City Councils opposed the extension. That opposition is now trying to block any extension of the Trophy Zone at all
To our way of thinking returning the Norfork to a quality fishery with the type of trophy trout it was producing until only a couple of years ago will benefit all businesses on the Nofork River, and the local economy. Read more here in the Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter
We would urge everyone to take the time to support the 2.6 mile extension by writing in support to:
Letters can be sent to North Fork Trout, Fisheries Division, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Comments can also be e-mailed to Jeffrey S. Williams, trout management supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Its probabloy also worthwhile sending letters to all commissioners. Click here for a list of Commission Names, Emails and Addresses.
IT’S back to Kansas City next week, when I return to the Heart of America Fly Fishers for a presentation on The White River _ Better Than Ever?
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…)
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.