Happy Pollen Season, April 12th

Rootbeer Midge
Diamond Midge variation
Redbuds are in full bloom.

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Great Sunday afternoon to get out and catch some trout on the Beaver Tailwaters.  I had a couple free hours to fish, so I tied on the Rootbeer Midge and went to work.  Things started off pretty bad as I kept having problems with my 7x tippet.  I’m nearing the end of my roll so I guess the line has become old and brittle.  I ended up switching to 6x to finish the day off.  The next issue I had is that I couldn’t get a solid hook set on my first 5 or so bites.  I decided to look at my fly and found the hook was bent out.  Not sure what happened there because I hadn’t caught a great number or a big fish at that point.  I’m using TMC100 size 18 hooks and hadn’t had that problem before and I had problems with 3 different midges.  I bought some less expensive hooks several months ago and had problems with them bending so I switched to the better name brand hooks.  Maybe I had some hooks accidentally mix in or something.  After I caught quite a few fish with the Rootbeer and continuing to have hook issues, I changed over to a version of the Diamond Midge with a greenish mylar underbody.  I caught lots of fish and didn’t have a single issue with the point bending out.  Pretty weird.

There was lots of pollen and flower debris on the water when I first started.  It was kind of hard to see my indicator and somewhat dizzy seeing so much stuff on the surface swirl around.  Later on my trip the wind picked up and pushed all the debris to the side revealing some beautiful clear water.  Great day fishing with lots of fish caught.

I have the pictures of the Redbuds to say fisherman use them as an indicator to indicate when the Crappie and White Bass will begin their spring mating rituals.  I haven’t had any luck chasing the White Bass yet this year.  That’s why I was so desperate to get out and catch my trout on Sunday.

Happy Fishing and Stay Trout Tough!


Published by nwatrout

Fly Fishing Guide on the White River below Beaver Lake Dam, also known as Beaver Tailwaters. Located 10 miles west of Eureka Springs, AR or 30 miles east of Rogers, AR and Bentonville, AR off Hwy 62.

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