1.the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another
The fisheries throughout the Ozarks are ample and ever changing. Fewer and fewer white bass reports are an indicator that our focus needs to change. And, just like catching prespawn white bass, there is a short window for prespawn smallmouth.
So, Kyle, Brent and I floated the North Fork of the White on Sunday. The longboat coupled with a 1,000 CFS, a cooler full, and good friends generally equal a good time. Fishing was stellar, as well.
Bass fisherman Brent caught his first NFOW 'bow on the 11' 3# Douglas.
And, Kyle catches his usual slobs. We saw a few beds but they had goggle eye on them. The smallmouth we caught chased down our baits which equaled good action and giggles all around.
I even got in on some Czech nymphing trout action.
While we had all day action, numbers of fish aren't a concern on a trip such as this. This was Kyle's "last hurrah for a while" as he is transitioning to a new job and moving to Kansas City. We wish him, Bethany, Bryant and the newest little bun in the oven all the best in their new endeavor!
After the float and fish, Brent and I went down to Dawt Mill to check out the breach in the dam.
We fished for about 30 minutes and didn't catch anything. But, we deduced higher flows will definitely draw fish up into the river through the breach....even lake run brown trout like this one I caught below Dawt Mill in February, 2013.
The Ozarks 12 month a year fishery is transitioning again. Spring is sprung and summer here we come.
The lawn mowing, weed eating, laundry, recycling, bill paying, and dishes will all be there when you get back.
Bill and I launched around 3:30 pm to find my outboard didn't want to start. So, we resigned ourselves to the trolling motor mode of transportation for the afternoon.
It took us a minute to get up to the current and, when we did, numerous failed hookups on fish coupled with numerous successful hookups on rocks and trees told me to just, "Settle down Francis" and be patient.
The company was good and the catchin' got better.
.....I think the lawn mowing can wait another week......
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Bill Butts and I spent an afternoon chasing temperates. Conditions were favorable and the fish cooperative as a front was approaching and the day's temperature reached 80+ degrees. We were throwing 6 to 8 weight rods and either RIO Outbound or RIO Sink Tip lines in the 250 grain window. The fish were scattered throughout the system with us catching fishing in depths from 3' up to 12'.
Three stripers in the boat with this 7# eating a Shuttlecock on the fall.
The hybrids were very active on Sz 1 to 1/0 chartreuse clousers, Sz 6 Rodney Bait, and a Sz 1/0 Shuttlecock.
I learned / relearned the importance of eyes on a fly.....After catching our biggest striper, an eye fell off the Shuttlecock. We didn't catch anything for a few minutes, so, I switched to a new fly with both eyes intact. First cast caught another striper. Coincidence maybe. Maybe not.
And, an aspect of the hybrids in relation to the Shuttlecock (or any bigger fly I presume). The scenario we had fishing a 5' deep run that dropped to an 8' deep hole. After the Shuttlecock would swing through the run, I'ld allow the fly to sink trying to hit the dropoff. A very slow strip retrieve would sometimes elicit, what felt like, a whack of the tail or body of the hybrid to the fly. It wasn't an eat but an attempt of the fish to stun the bait. If I didn't attempt to set the hook and instead just left the fly (or maybe allow a little line out of the rod tip), the fish would come back and eat it. Pretty fun action and I think an effective technique when the fishing pressure is high and other boats in the vicinity are throwing Alabama Rigs over your head.
The lake is high, so, we motored up to the flow and fished amongst the spawners. The majority of the fish were on the soft edges of the bank in groups of 4-6 with the males pushing the females out into the flow and then doing their business. We consistently caught fish with a few doubles thrown in, however, there was no "EPIC" bite due to the lack of holding water and the fish more interested in the procreation. Great way to spend an afternoon in the Ozarks.