Awesome Memorial Day Wknd 2018 Fly Fishing

You hear of days like this and always dream of one and when you finally have one, it is spectacular. I’m talking about a day of fishing where you can’t keep the fish off the hook.

To start the long holiday weekend I was a little frustrated to learn the water generation schedule for the whole weekend was water starting at 10am. So I decided to get a little earlier start and be fishing by 7am so I could get up to a solid 3 hours of fishing before the water started. On Saturday I decided to fish up by Beaver Dam just down from the first boat ramp. There were a few fly fishers and few bait fishers already out when I got there. I found a nice spot at the bottom of them all. It was just a little further down than I wanted to start, but it was an ok place. I tied on my size 18 black zebra Midge with gold bead and wire and set the depth just over 3 ft. I pulled out a section of fly line and began to cast to get the line out. Finally I laid out that first perfect cast and watched that indicator for all of 5 seconds before I saw it dip down below the surface. I set the hook and brought in a nice rainbow trout. I unhooked and released him and got ready to cast back out. I laid out another cast and 5 seconds later the indicator bobbled just a bit so I set the hook and brought in another. I did this again and again and again for nearly 2 hours. Yeah you read that right. I caught a fish or had a bite on just about every cast for 2 hours. It was absolutely crazy to have it so great from the very first cast. I stopped fishing a little after 9am because I just couldn’t take it anymore. I caught more than 60 fish in that period. I managed to land 4 brown trout and 2 descent sized 16 inch rainbows. I also used the same fly the whole time. I had to retie once because it got tangled, but still used that one single fly. It was amazing!!!!!

So I go to church and tell my fishing friend about my outing so we make plans to go out Sunday morning. On Sunday we start fishing around 7:30 at the same spot as Saturday. I started out again with the black zebra Midge. In about 5 minutes I landed my first trout. Then from that point it was about every 4th drift I would land another. When it got a little slower I switched to purple, then red, then cream. I caught about 5 fish with each color. Ended up catching just under 30 fish for the day. Another great day.

On Monday I ended up going by myself. I decided to fish the turn around access in front of the cabins. I started with the black zebra Midge again and within 5 min landed my first trout. There was a nice slow drift through this area. I would shuffle down another 5 feet after a few fish until I got down past the cabins where the water gets deep again. The water had no movement at all when I got to this point. I decided to move back up in front of the cabins to start fishing this section again. It was so weird when I went back up there (we are talking maybe 50-70 meters) that there was no movement in the water. I went on to catch just over 30 fish that day.

So for the 3 day weekend I had to have caught well over a 120 fish. All of them caught and released unharmed. It was an amazing weekend. I have never seen our Tailwaters be so productive.

Hope you had a great weekend. Look me up if you want to take a guided fly fishing trip.


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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