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Guided Fly Fishing on the White and Norfork Rivers

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Brad Smith

Call or Text: 479-283-8490


Project Healing Waters - Lake Taneycomo





I had the opportunity to spend a few days guiding some of our nations finest last week and had an absolute great time.  These guys were all chomping to get on the water and start catching trout and Lake Tanycomo didn't disappoint.  Despite the hot temperatures and super clear water we were able to catch fish the entire trip.  The high water in the afternoon allowed for a slight cool down and really got the bigger rainbows biting.  We spent most of our time drifting from the cable down to the MDC boat ramp and caught fish the whole way down.  In the mornings, we had up to 10 boats all jockeying for position on the low water up around the MDC boat ramp.  That area fished well but the takes were very subtle and barely noticeable on the indicators.  Several of us were standing up high in the boats to watch the fish take to tell our fisherman to SET!  It was some of the loudest fly fishing I've ever seen but those veterans were having a great time and hated to see our time on the river end. 

A boating accident Tuesday afternoon was a tragic reminder that these tailwaters are to be respected.  Accidents can happen so quickly on these rivers and it only takes a mistake or two to have a great day or trip end in tragedy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Father Gary Bernhardt's family.  Father Gary was on the PHW trip as a volunteer and had gone out to fish with a couple of other sponsors.  A line from their boat got tangled in a tree and in the process of attempting to free the line the boat was capsized. 

Make boating safety a priority for your next trip.  If you question whether an action is safe then you already know the answer, don't chance it. 


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