The Good Oil: High Water Nymphing Rig
High water flows on the White River and Norfork Tailwater can be daunting for newcomers, but offers a better shot at our trophy quality trout
Dally's guide Gabe Levin unveils a simple high water nymphing leader setup to get your flies down to where the fish are feeding fast.
This leader is long, heavy and gives you a headstart on catching.
Read more details here
The Good Oil presents Spring Caddis
Listen to Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher head guide Chad Johnson fill you in on the hidden trophy brown trout hatch: the White River Spring Caddis.
A Hatch when the brown trout dial in on the green bugs to the extent they ignore live bait.
Chad talks how to hit the hatch, caddis strategy and shows you a low water caddis rig.
And check out our companion piece with more on fly patterns over on the Ozark Fly Fisher Journal,
The Caddis Opus 2020
The Good Oil: A Tidy Rod
In this episode of our how-to video series, "The Good Oil" Steve show us how to set up your long nymph, or dry fly rig, for moving around the river. This method keeps extra fly line out of the tip top so you are ready to go, minimises tangles and snarls that frustrate us all.
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Dally's Mothers' Day Caddis Jig
Steve Dally's spring caddis go to for the White River spring caddis hatches and now available worldwide through Rainy's Premium Flies.
Set the larger sizes as an anchor to fish the smaller size of lightly weighted dropper fly down where it is needed.
CJ's Big Johnson
THE latest creation from the vice of Dally's head guide and MFC fly designer Chad Johnson comes The Big Johnson.
A wiggly big profile you can work shallow or mid-column, its got the shuck and jive to pull in predator species.
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The Good Oil presents: Spring Stripes
CHASING the bass with stripes is a spring ritual for Ozark fly rodders as much as White River caddis, redbuds, dogwood and morels.
In this, the first episode of our new How To video series join Steve Dally + Chad Johnson as they meet with with Ozark temperate bass guru Bill Butts on the North Fork of the White.
Bill gives the guys a run down on why these specie are so much fun to chase and how to go about it, as they dodge storms, cast small streamers and find a bunch of small but hard pulling hybrid white/striped bass. They also end up in the middle of a hybrid orgy as the spawn fires off around the boat
If you want a more detail look into fly rodding for these species read Bill’s tactics article here.
You can also check out the first white bass “fishporn” video the guys did together 5 years ago “Hillbilly Coho”.
The Good Oil series is our new video "how to" series designed to help you get the most out of fly fishing in the waters of the Ozarks and make you a better fly fisher
Davy Wotton's Whitetail Midge tied by Teresa Van Winkle
Davy Wotton's unique Whitetail Midge endures as one of the hottest patterns on the White River system, after 7 years in our bins.
Lafkas Modern Deceiver
Another masterpiece from the vise of our irrepressible northern friend & colleague Alex Lafkas. Alex spends his winters on the White River chasing trophy brown trout with the Ozark Fly Fisher crew, while the rest of the year he guides on the rivers around Grayling Michigan.
Davy Wotton Sowbug: tied by Teresa Van Winkle
Sowbugs are a staple of Tailwater trout diets and there have been plenty of attempts to mimic these freshwater crustaceans. In our mind Davy Wotton's Sowbug stands apart from all others, and is our go to pattern when sightfishing to twitchy trophy browns on the White River.
Davy Wotton SLF Trans Caddis
A killer Caddis pattern from the master, Davy Wotton.
This is a proven performer here on the White River plus much wider afield _ and as good as it looks in our fly bins its even better wet.
Davy Wotton Winged Wet Hare's Ear/March Brown
A winged wet Hare’s Ear as traditional and elegant a fish catcher as you will find.
Winged wet flies date back the early 19th Century UK, a time when the vice was considered a subversive influence, bamboo hadn’t really taken over from wood, and a light trout rod might be 12’ long. While other conventions of the time, buckled to progress the winged wets remain.
Davy Wotton's Catchall Caddis
The Catchall Caddis is one of Davy Wotton's go to Caddis patterns either at the top dropper in a team of wets or as a single fly for fish feeding up in or on the film.
Four Zebra Midges
You shouldn't visit the White River without a goodly selection of Zebra Midges. Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher guide and Umpqua Fly Designer Chad Johnson shows a neat trick for a slender version in four of our must have colors,
Junior's Wasabi Frog
Junior Schraeder joins our fly tying video series with his fast and durable Wasabi Frog: Tie up a bunch of these and throw them into harm's way.
Chad Johnson's Mini Mega Minnow
The Mini Mega Minnow offers predator hunters a smaller profile for imitating prey species, like smallmouth & largemouth bass, white hybrids and stripers and smaller esox species, not forgetting trout species. If it eats small baitfish, it will eat this fly.
Dally's Twerking Minnow
Steve Dally's articulated version of the single hook synthetic baitfish pattern, the Bush Pig. The Twerking Minnow is a pattern worked best mid-water column, with either Optic style Eyes or deep with a Bait Fish Head.It's tough, durable with a lively action. So far its scored on trophy Brown trout, big rainbows, bass and stripers, plus Russian Taimen
Ben and Gabe Levin are native Arkansas fly fishing guides, raised on the river and streams snaking through the Ozark Mountains. The trophy brown trout waters, the White River below Bull Shoals Dam and the Norfork Tailwater, are their livelihood, as guides with Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher. But the wild Ozark streams, like Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River, are their lifeblood and the passion.
Chasing the Donkey: The Fun Edit
Join in the 2015 winter streamer season on the White River with the streamer addicts from Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher in Cotter.
Duane Hada's Creek Crawler
Hada's Craft Fur Clouser
Murray Wilson - Fuzzling the Fuzzuka
Murray Wilson's Dehydrated Minnow
Dally's Cracked Out Caddis
Dally's Ozark Fly Fishing - White River Fly Tying Videos
Chad Johnson's Articulated White River Deceiver
Chad Johnson's Deer Head Slug Go
2013 Year in Review
The Musky Hunt
White River Trophy Streamer Fishing - Banging Meat
Spring Caddis on the White River, AR
White River Streamer Fishing 2012
Smallmouth Class 2012
The Hat on the Road 2012
Musky October 2012
2012 in Review
A Week in July - Cotter, Arkansas
White River Hopper Fishing
Are You Ready II
White River Streamer Trailer
The Fishiest Little Crick on Earth
Fly Fishing the White River with Dally's
Hillbilly Coho: Chasing Stripes
Two Handed on the White River System
Stealing Awesome: White River 2014
Chasing A Donkey (Trailer)
Steve Dally's Tailwater Soft Hackle
Dally's Ozark FlyFisher partner& guide and Rainy's fly innovator Steve Dally ties his Tailwater Soft Hackles.
These wire bodied soft hackles are killers, on either the drift or swing and are available through Rainy's Flies dealer network www.rainysflies.com. The wire bodies provide some weight to fish either on the point or higher in a team.
Fuzzle Sowbug tied by Steve Dally
Adapting Murray "Muz" Wilson's Fuzzling technique to a tailwater standard _ the Sowbug.
Fuzzling is the technique, discovered by Aussie Peter Morse but developed and popularized by Muz, of dubbing to body materials instead of the tying thread. Chenille, wire or in this case Wapsi Stretch Cord.
Steve Dally's Hippy Chick
The Hippy Chick was designed initially as a heavy "nymph", a mobile baitfish profile to be fished dead drift in deep fast water for the White River shad kills.
Steve Dally's Lap Dancer
Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher partner and guide Steve Dally demonstrates his predator seducing Lap Dancer in trophy brown trout sizes. Like all our White River trophy brown trout guides, Steve was seeking new ways to find the radical wounded baitfish action to tempt big browns.
Steamer Fishing the White River
Unplugged: Fly Fishing the Buffalo River Wilderness
Deep in the Ozark Mountains is a river that time passed by, the Buffalo River.
Surrounded by its own National Park the Buffalo flows under soaring limestone bluffs, and emerald forests.
Explore the Buffalo on either guided day drift boat float on the middle stretches or join one of our limited run 3-day camping floats on the Lower Wilderness.