11/14/09
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3.   Slate Drakes
4.   Little Yellow Quills
5.   Needle Stoneflies
6.   Crane Flies
7.   Helligramite
8.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
9.   Midges

Stream and Lake Destinations - White River, Arkansas
Since we brought up the great trout fishing in the North Fork of the White River in
Missouri, we may as well go ahead and discuss the other two White River streams.
By far the most popular of them all is
Arkansas' White River tailwater located below
Bull Shoals Lake. It is usually just referred to as the White River or it is for certain in
the state of Arkansas. This is a very, very long trout stream.

Although we have provided a lot of information in our Perfect Fly website about this
river, we haven't gotten close to covering the many different sections of it and the
complexities of fishing the various parts of the river. I guess, even more important is
that we haven't gotten close to covering the ways to fish the varying water levels
from the varying discharges of the huge dam. Even so, we probably have more
information on the web than anyone else about the river. We intend to increase it
over time, but for now we have a long way to go just getting all the trout streams
and lakes (which we haven't even started) covered.

I have fished this river many time starting back in 1976, when I hired a guide and
fished for the stocked rainbow trout just below the dam. I have been to Bulls Shoals
Lake bass fishing bass tournaments many times. I have spent the night on the river
several times at Gaston Lodge where Ranger Boat Company, located in nearby
Flippin, put me up for various meetings when I was on their promotional staff. Angie
and I have stopped by three times within the last few years to fish the river on our
way out West, but it seems we always catch the water running very high. The
bottom line to this river is that it is a great place to catch a large brown trout.

Basics of Fly Fishing:
Fly Line - Part 6
We have yet to discuss the different types of fly lines. By that I mean the whether
the line is designed to float, or to sink at various sections of the line, and if so, the
rate of decent of the line.

Just to make sure you beginners don't get lost in any of this section, if you are just
starting out and you are planning on fishing a typical freestone (stream created
from rain and snow); tailwater (stream below a dam); or spring creek (stream fed by
springs) for trout,
you need a floating fly line. There are few flies and few types
of water in a trout stream that you cannot fish with a floating fly line.

Also, keep in mind, before we even begin to discuss types of sinking fly lines,
remember that picking up the line to make a backcast (which is absolutely
necessary to cast) is always more difficult with any type of sinking line, or even
sinking tip line, than it is a floating fly line.

Instead of types of fly lines, others often refer to this as the "density" of the fly line
which is a correct way but often misunderstood. There's floating fly lines and there's
sinking fly lines of various types. Some of the various sinking lines are the sinking
tip lines, intermediate sinking fly lines, sinking fly lines. There is also a fast sinking
fly line. The idea is simple. A sinking fly line just helps get the fly at lower levels of
the water in a lake or stream. I never use anything other than the floating fly line in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I can get the fly as deep as I need to with
the leader and various weights. I suppose someone could come up with a good
reason for one, but I haven't so far.


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