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White River - October 3rd, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 10/03/2013

During the past week, we have had a couple of minor rain events (a total of a half inch here in Cotter), cool temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell six tenths of a foot to rest at one tenth of a foot below seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty six and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at five tenths of a foot below power pool and fourteen and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell three tenths of a foot to rest at two and two tenths feet below power pool or ten and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had low levels of generation in the morning and heavier generation in the afternoon. There has been some limited wadable water. Norfork Lake fell seven tenths of a foot to rest at power pool of 553.75 feet and twenty six and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water most mornings and heavy generation in the afternoon.

 

The water level for the top of power pool has been reset lower for some of the lakes in the White River system. With all of the lakes in the White River system below power pool and the temperatures moderating, I predict that we will receive more wadable water, in the coming weeks.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

Some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines (250 grain or heavier), heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Due to the federal government shutdown, all federal accesses on the Buffalo National River are closed. Accesses on Crooked Creek are state operated and open. Both streams are low and barely navigable. The smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

Quarry Park and the boat ramp below the Norfork Dam are closed due to the federal government shutdown. This severely limits access to the river to the Ackerman Access and restricts boat traffic. There has been wadable water on the Norfork and it has fished well. On some days, we have had minor flows from the implementation of minimum flow. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Grasshoppers have produced fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week when there is no one there. Weekends can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. The adjacent Norfork National Fish Hatchery is closed to the public and is operating with a skeleton staff. There will be no stocking during the shutdown. At the time of this writing, the parking lot is still open allowing access to Dry Run Creek.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

 

Fellow guide, Robert Schuler, was severely injured in August and has been unable to work. A group of river guides and friends have banded together to have a benefit for him on Friday October 11, 2013 at Cotter’s Big Spring Park. The event runs from 5:00 PM until 8:00PM and features live music (Monkey Run Boys), chili and a raffle. Contributions may be made to the Robert Schuler Fund at the First Security Bank in Gassville or Mountain Home.

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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White River - September 26th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 9/26/2013

During the past week, we have had a rain event (about an inch here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell two tenths of a foot to rest at one and five tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty five and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at four tenths of a foot below power pool and fourteen and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell three tenths of a foot to rest at one and nine tenths feet below power pool or ten and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had low levels of generation in the morning and heavier generation in the afternoon. There has been some limited wadable water. Norfork Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at one and two tenths feet below power pool of 555.8 feet and twenty five and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water most mornings and heavy generation in the afternoon.

 

The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. With all of the lakes in the White River system below power pool and the temperatures moderating, I predict that we will receive more wadable water, in the coming weeks.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Wildcat Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

Some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines (250 grain or heavier), heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are low and gin clear. You will have to drag your boat in spots. Both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer coming to an end, the smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork and it has fished well. On some days, we have had minor flows from the implementation of minimum flow. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Grasshoppers have produced fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week when there is no one there. Weekends can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

 

Fellow guide, Robert Schuler, was severely injured in August and has been unable to work. A group of river guides and friends have banded together to have a benefit for him on Friday October 11, 2013 at Cotter’s Big Spring Park. The event runs from 5:00 PM until 8:00PM and features live music (Monkey Run Boys), chili and a raffle. Contributions may be made to the Robert Schuler Fund at the First Security Bank in Gassville or Mountain Home.

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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White River - September 19th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 9/19/2013

During the past week, we have had a minor rain event, warm temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell seven tenths of a foot to rest at one and three tenths feet below seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty five and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at three tenths of a foot below power pool and fourteen and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at one and six tenths feet below power pool or ten and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had low levels of generation in the morning and heavy generation in the afternoon. There has been some limited wadable water. Norfork Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at seven tenths of a foot below power pool of 555.8 feet and twenty four and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water most mornings and heavy generation in the afternoon. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. With all of the lakes in the White River system below power pool and the temperatures moderating, I predict that we will receive more wadable water, in the coming weeks.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

Some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines (250 grain or heavier), heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are low and gin clear. You will have to drag your boat in spots. Both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer coming to an end, the smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork and it has fished well. On some days, we have had minor flows from the implementation of minimum flow. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Grasshoppers have produced fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week when there is no one there. Weekends can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. While you are there, be sure and tour the adjacent Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is the jewel in our angling crown. Be sure to remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is coming to an end but canoeists can still be a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them or fish Dam Three late in the afternoon, after they have left the area. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years. John can be reached at (870) 435-2169 or http://www.berrybrothersguides.com.

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White River - September 12th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 9/12/2013

During the past week, we have had no rain, hot then cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell two and four tenths feet to rest at six tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty four and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at two tenths of a foot below power pool and fourteen and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell six tenths of a foot to rest at one and one tenths feet below power pool or nine and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had heavy generation around the clock early in the week and low levels of generation in the morning and heavy generation in the afternoon later in the week. Norfork Lake fell one and two tenths feet to rest at two tenths of a foot below power pool of 555.8 feet and twenty four and four tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water most mornings and heavy generation in the afternoon. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. With all of the lakes in the White River system below power pool and the temperatures moderating, I predict that we will receive more wadable water, in the coming weeks.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Wildcat Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

On the higher flows some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines (250 grain or heavier), heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are low and gin clear. You may have to drag your boat in spots. Both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer coming to an end, the smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork and it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Grasshoppers have produced fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week. Weekends can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. While you are there, be sure and tour the adjacent Norfork National Fish Hatchery. It is the jewel in our angling crown. Be sure to remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is coming to an end but canoeists can still be a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them or fish Dam Three late in the afternoon, after they have left the area. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years. John can be reached at (870) 435-2169 or http://www.berrybrothersguides.com.

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White River - September 5th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 9/05/2013

During the past week, we have had a minor rain event (2/10 of an inch in Cotter), cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell three and four tenths feet to rest at one and eight tenths feet above power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty two and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at one tenth of a foot below power pool and fourteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at five tenths of a foot below power pool or nine and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had heavy generation around the clock. Norfork Lake fell two and one tenth feet to rest at one foot above power pool of 555.8 feet and twenty three and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had heavy generation all day. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. With Beaver and Table Rock Lakes below power pool and Bull Shoals and Norfork near power pool and dropping fast, I predict that both will be at power pool in a few days and we should return to wadable water then.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

On the higher flows some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines (250 grain), heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are still navigable and gin clear. Both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer coming to an end, the smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been no wadable water on the Norfork but it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Grasshoppers have produced fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week. Weekends can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. Be sure and carry a large net, as most fish are lost at the net.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is coming to an end but canoeists can still be a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them or fish Dam Three late in the afternoon, after they have left the area. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years. John can be reached at (870) 435-2169 or http://www.berrybrothersguides.com.

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White River - August 29th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/29/2013

During the past week, we have had no rain, hot temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one and eight tenths of a foot to rest at five and two tenths feet above power pool of 661 feet. This is twenty eight and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake remained steady at power pool and fourteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at power pool or eight and six tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had moderate flows in the morning and heavy generation in the afternoon. Norfork Lake fell two and seven tenths feet to rest at three and one tenth feet above power pool of 555.8 feet and twenty one and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had heavy generation all day. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. With Beaver and table rock Lakes at power pool and Bull Shoals and Norfork dropping about one third of a foot per day, I predict that both will be at power pool in two weeks or less and we should return to wadable water then.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Wildcat Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

On the higher flows some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines, heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a stout seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are high but navigable and both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer here, the smallmouths are active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been no wadable water on the Norfork but it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead). Grasshoppers have started producing fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is back in session and now is a great time to fish it, particularly during the week. Weekends can get a bit crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. Use at least 4X tippet and carry the largest net that you can find to increase your chances of landing these big fish.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is in full swing and the canoeists can a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them or fish Dam Three late in the afternoon, after they have left the area. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo.

 

My wife, Lori, and I will begin our annual fall fly fishing classes at Arkansas State University Mountain Home on September 5, 12, 19 and 26. Contact the University to sign up for this Community Education Course.

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years. John can be reached at (870) 435-2169 or http://www.berrybrothersguides.com.

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White River - August 15th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/15/2013

During the past week, we have had several heavy rain events (totaling a bit over three inches here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals rose five and two tenths feet to rest at six and two tenths feet above power pool of 661 feet. This is twenty seven and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake remained steady at one foot above power pool and thirteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose two and three tenths of a foot to rest at six tenths of a foot above power pool or eight feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had no wadable water and moderate levels of generation. Norfork Lake rose five and one tenth feet to rest at six and one tenth feet above power pool of 555.8 feet or eighteen and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable most days. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system.

 

The recent rains have raised all of the lakes in the White River System to a level above power pool. All are now in flood pool. As a result, I predict more generation and less wadable water in the coming weeks.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

On the higher flows some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines, heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a stout seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are navigable and both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer here, the smallmouths are active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork most days and it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small (size 20 or smaller) midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and Dan’s turkey tail emerger or soft hackles like my green butt or the partridge and orange. There has also been a sparse hatch of very small mayflies; reliable hatches of midges (try a size 22 parachute Adams for both), some smaller caddis (size 18). Grasshoppers have started producing fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Olive woolly buggers have also accounted for a lot of trout. The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is out and there is much more traffic on the stream. You should fish early or late to avoid the crowds. Weekends can get quite crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. Use at least 4X tippet and carry the largest net that you can find to increase your chances of landing these big fish.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is in full swing and the canoeists can a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo. 

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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White River - August 9th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Excellent
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/09/2013

During the past week, we have had several heavy rain events (totaling a bit over three inches here in Cotter), warmer temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals rose one foot to rest at power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty four feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake rose one and five tenths feet to rest at one foot above power pool and thirteen feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose four tenths of a foot to rest at one and seven tenths feet below power pool or ten and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had marginally wadable water last weekend and high levels of generation since. Norfork Lake rose two and one tenth feet to rest at one foot above power pool of 555.8 feet or twenty three and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable most days. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. This plus some aggressive generation has brought all of them to a water level at or near power pool. As a result, I expect more wadable water in the future.

 

The lower flows on the White River last weekend were around 700 CFS (cubic feet per second) which is about one fifth of a full generator and lower than the flows of previous weeks and more wadable. Some sections have been quite productive under these flows. You should use extreme caution when wading these flows and always carry a wading staff. Move carefully and constantly monitor the water level for subtle increases.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Round House Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

On the higher flows some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines, heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a stout seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are navigable and both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer here, the smallmouths are active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork most days and it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small (size 20 or smaller) midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and Dan’s turkey tail emerger or soft hackles like my green butt or the partridge and orange. There has also been a sparse hatch of very small mayflies; reliable hatches of midges (try a size 22 parachute Adams for both), some smaller caddis (size 18). Grasshoppers have started producing fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Olive woolly buggers have also accounted for a lot of trout. The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is out and there is much more traffic on the stream. You should fish early or late to avoid the crowds. Weekends can get quite crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. Use at least 4X tippet and carry the largest net that you can find to increase your chances of landing these big fish.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is in full swing and the canoeists can a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo. 

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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White River - August 1st, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 8/01/2013

During the past week, we have had several moderate rain events, cooler temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell one tenth of a foot to rest at one foot below power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty five feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake rose six tenths of a foot to rest at five tenths of a foot below power pool and fourteen and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose one tenth of a foot to rest at two and one tenth feet below power pool or ten and seven tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had marginally wadable water and periods of high levels of generation. Norfork Lake fell one tenths of a foot to rest at one and one tenth feet below power pool of 555.8 feet or twenty five and three tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water every day. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. This plus some aggressive generation has brought all of them to a water level below power pool. As a result, I expect more wadable water in the future.

 

The lower flows on the White River this past week have been around 700 CFS (cubic feet per second) which is about one fifth of a full generator and lower than the flows of previous weeks and more wadable. Some sections have been quite productive under these flows. You should use extreme caution when wading these flows and always carry a wading staff. Move carefully and constantly monitor the water level for subtle increases.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

Some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines, heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a stout seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are barely navigable and both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer here, the smallmouths are active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork every day and it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small (size 20 or smaller) midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and Dan’s turkey tail emerger or soft hackles like my green butt or the partridge and orange. There has also been a sparse hatch of very small mayflies; reliable hatches of midges (try a size 22 parachute Adams for both), some smaller caddis (size 18). Grasshoppers have started producing fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Olive woolly buggers have also accounted for a lot of trout. The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is out and there is much more traffic on the stream. You should fish early or late to avoid the crowds. Weekends can get quite crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. Use at least 4X tippet to increase your chances of landing these big fish. While you are there, take a tour of the adjacent Norfork National fish Hatchery. It is fascinating. Be sure to remove your waders before entering to prevent the spread of aquatic diseases.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is in full swing and the canoeists can a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo. 

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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White River - July 25th, 2013
supplied by: Blue Ribbon Fly Shop
FISHING: Great
JOHN BERRY FISHING REPORT 7/25/2013

During the past week, we have had several moderate rain events, very hot temperatures (it hit 99 degrees here in Cotter) and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell three tenths of a foot to rest at nine tenths feet below power pool of 661 feet. This is thirty four and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell four tenths of a foot to rest at one and one tenth feet below power pool and fifteen and one tenth feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake fell five tenths of a foot to rest at two and two tenths feet below power pool or ten and eight tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, we have had marginally wadable water and periods of high levels of generation. Norfork Lake fell two tenths of a foot to rest at a foot below power pool of 555.8 feet or twenty five and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool. On the Norfork, we have had wadable water every day. The water level for the top of power pool has been reset higher for all of the lakes in the White River system. This plus some aggressive generation has brought all of them to a water level below power pool. As a result, I expect more wadable water in the future.

 

The lower flows on the White River this past week have been around 980 to 1200 CFS (cubic feet per second) which is about one quarter to one third of a full generator. It has been marginally wadable. Some sections have been quite productive under these flows. You should use extreme caution when wading these flows and always carry a wading staff. Move carefully and constantly monitor the water level for subtle increases.

 

On the White, the hot spot has been the State Park. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sowbugs. Double fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended eighteen inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise).

 

Some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines, heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.

 

Hopper season is in full swing. These are tempting morsels for large trout. You need a stiff six weight rod and a stout seven and a half foot 4X leader. My favorite hopper patterns are the western style foam hoppers with rubber legs and a bright quick sight patch on the back. Dave’s hoppers are also a good choice but be sure to dress them with plenty of fly floatant to ensure that they ride high. A small nymph dropper can increase your takes. It is not uncommon to take more trout on the dropper. My favorite dropper flies are beadhead pheasant tails or zebra midges.

 

Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are navigable (water levels are getting low) and both are receiving a lot of pressure. With summer here, the smallmouths are active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.

 

There has been wadable water on the Norfork every day and it has fished well. The most productive flies have been small (size 20 or smaller) midge patterns like zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and Dan’s turkey tail emerger or soft hackles like my green butt or the partridge and orange. There has also been a sparse hatch of very small mayflies; reliable hatches of midges (try a size 22 parachute Adams for both), some smaller caddis (size 18). Grasshoppers have started producing fish, particularly when used in conjunction with a small nymph dropper (try a size 20 black zebra midge). Olive woolly buggers have also accounted for a lot of trout. The fishing is much better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday.

 

Dry Run Creek has fished well. School is out and there is much more traffic on the stream. You should fish early or late to avoid the crowds. Weekends can get quite crowded. The hot flies have been sowbugs and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise). Small orange or peach eggs have been very effective. Use at least 4X tippet to increase your chances of landing these big fish.

 

The water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is in full swing and the canoeists can a problem. Fish the upper river at the Lassiter Access to avoid them. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

 

Remember that the White and Norfork Rivers and Dry Run Creek are infected with didymo, an invasive alga. Be sure and thoroughly clean and dry your waders (especially the felt soles on wading boots) before using them in any other water. Many manufacturers are now making rubber soled wading boots that are easier to clean and are not as likely to harbor didymo. 

 

John Berry is a fly fishing guide in Cotter, Arkansas and has fished our local streams for over thirty years.

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