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Don Schnable
June 4, 2014
White River - Freshwater Fishing Report

last week, we had a minor rain event (about a quarter inch in Cotter), warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals fell 2.2 feet. On the White, the hot spot was Cotter. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers, Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, ruby midges, pink and cerise San Juan worms, and sowbugs. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (try a cerise or pink San Juan worm with a caddis pattern (prince nymph) suspended below it). Caddis hatches are on the wane but with lower water the trout have been keying in on them. The sulphur hatch should begin any day. It normally occurs in May and June. It is a size 14 or 16 insect and is yellowish orange. Before the hatch I fish mayfly nymphs. My favorites are copper Johns and pheasant tails (some guides are already fishing flashback pheasant tails). As the insects begin their emergence, I switch over to a partridge and orange or partridge and yellow soft hackle.

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