State of the Rivers April 14 2014

North Fork of the White (MO)

In the last 2 weeks we have had some significant rainfall in the area which has brought the river up to our favorite flows to fish. The river has been “on fire.” Chris and I have both run trips and the fishing has been spectacular. The hot flies have been pat’s rubberlegs, shop vacs and Chris’ “Are You Experienced” caddis pupae.

The fish have started to move to their summer holes and are very active. There has even been some dry fly action on caddis when the wind is not blowing too hard.

Niangua River (MO)

The river got a good spike recently but has been dropping rapidly and is currently still below normal on the flows. Trout fishing has stayed consistent with the hot flies being the mohair leech (olive), prince nymph, and olive rubberleg jig. Concentrate on the tailouts and riffles.

Smallmouth fishing has been a little slow but we have had good results fishing the deeper tailouts and holes. It appears that the smallies are still hanging around in their wintering holes. Crayfish patterns fished slow and on the bottom have produced as well as some sculpin and baitfish patterns with a slow retrieve.

White River (AR)

Flows have been varying between 1-4 units in the last week or so. We have started to see some decent caddis hatches from Wildcat Shoals downstream. Dally’s soft hackles, X-Caddis, and Chris’ “Are You Experienced” caddis pupae have  been bringing some fish to the boat.

Streamer fishing has been hit and miss but if you’re willing to stick to it, you may be rewarded with a nice brownie. Zoo Cougars and Double Deceivers in white have been our best options.


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