Heavy flows throughout the entire system started a week ago, the increased generation is to lower lake levels back to power pool.
The hopper bite slowed up a bit because of the increase but the streamer and nymph fishing has picked up. Smaller to mid size streamers are the ticket, like JJ Specials, Leg Spreader, Zoo Cougar, Deceiver.. For nymphing PT, Copper John, BH Prince, BHGRHE, White tail midge, Dave’s Emerger and SJ Worm.
Terrestrials are still working but you have to place them tight to the bank or in back sloughs..the generation should subside by Sept 15th.
February’s fishing report is a mix bag. For one the water generation has been unpredictable, so what els is new? I am happy to report that we finally received some decent rain which helped fill up the reservoirs. The best fishing has been up by the dam, I was fortunate to fish with good friend Randy Zimring of St Louis, and we clobbered the fish on nymphs. On Saturday we managed to fish WC to Cotter and did fairly well.. We stripped streamers but only caught a few small fish. So we went to our standard combo of Copper John with an egg and CJ & midge Both rigs worked extremely well.
On the days of heavy generation which has been few, the streamer action produced nicely, on the lower water copper johns, pheasant tails, midges, sow bugs, trout crack, eggs worked well. The browns have spawned and are on the prowl for some food. This last week we are getting some good reports of some nice 20″-28″ brown being caught.
As the days are becoming longer we are starting to see some Caddis activity. With this recent cold spell they have slow down a bit, but once the temps get into the 50′s look out the caddis action will be starting. So as your reading this clean out your boxes and tidy up your caddis box, I like the following bugs: Evil Weevil, BH caddis pupa (olive, tan), BH hares ear, caddis emerger, pupa and of course the Elk hair caddis (green body)..laFontaine sparkle pupa.
lets hope for mor rain we need it ! Also, starting in march or April we can expect Minimum Flows to commence on the Norfork River…I can’t wait.