The Dry Bite Continues!
This weeks report picks up right where we left off. With cooler temps and very little rain, things have really heated up. Seeing more and more big fish pushed up to the banks with the continued high water hoppers are still the ticket. The colors we are throwing right now are pink and brown, black and purple, and brown and green. Psycho Ants and Fat Albert's have been our best players.
It has been pretty tough to know exactly when the dry bite will turn on, but consistant water seems to be the key. We have had our best luck fishing early in the mornings and late in the evenings for the hopper bite. All of the fish we are catching are less than 18" off the bank, so get in tight and hold on. As they jockey the water a bit look for wood and structure or simply chase the high water.
Nymphing still sucks at this time, if the water is low run a deep nymph rig down to the bottom, but water is still high so stay away from the bobber rigs and stick with the mentality dry or die! IF you are so inclined to nymph look for deep slow holes with wood and slope. Girlde bugs and leggy pheasant tails are working well.
While the streamer game still has not quite turned on yet, with these cloudier days smaller streamers are working well. We have been having good luck with the small mouth fishing as of late, and if you are looking to streamer fish a good option would be to go chase some warm water species. On Crooked Creek deep pockets with smaller sculpin patterns have been doing the trick.
It's gonna be a busy weekend out there with Labor Day and the Supreme Fishing Tournament, for those of you in the tournament good luck! For those just rec fishing, enjoy and tight lines!
Ozark Fly Co