WATER RELEASE INFORMATION
The Bull Shoals and Norfork Dams can be a blessing and a curse for the fly fisher. A blessing as they provide a year round supply of cold clear water for the trout fishery. The cursing starts when unexpected fluctuations catch you unawares.
Water flows on the White River and Norfork Tailwater are driven by the hydro-electric demand and flood control.
Recreation, including fishing, is not taken into account in the releases. Hence the fishing conditions on any given day, can vary widely in speed and depth. It's part of the challenge and a good reason for newcomers to join our guide service on the water.
Traditionally White River fly fishers favor the easy wading and catching of zero generation, however the last three years of high water have honed the high water techniques of our guide team. We have helped many of our customers to the point that many now look for the higher flows as a chance to target better fish.
To get the best of the White and Norfork we encourage visitors to keep an open mind when planning a trip to the area. Being flexible in where you are going to fish, in the techniques you might want to use, whether you are in a boat or not, gives you the advantage in being able to get onto the best possible fishing on any given day.
We are always here to help, you can drop by the shop or give us a call at 870-435-6166.
Our Primer on Water Flows will help you find and decipher the information available as we do to recomend where and how to fish:
Part 2: Fishing The Flows
FAST WATER FLOW LINKS:
GENERAL WATER INFORMATION LINKS:
We compiled a list of webcams available for the White and Norfork tailwaters. Our thanks goes to those resorts and operators who have set up these sites. These can be very useful in staying in touch with water flows. (Links via our Blog)