Friday, October 18, 2013

White River DRiFT Trip

(Above picture is of an old creek mill just outside of Arkansas in Missouri)
Last week was the annual DuPage River Fly Tiers trip down to Cotter, Arkansas to fish the tailwaters of the White River.  The fishing was from Sunday - Thursday and with nine guys floating out of different launch points, we covered some water as a group on a daily basis.

A member of the club was nice enough to let me borrow an extra pontoon boat for the week.  I am not sure how I would have managed fishing from just a wading standpoint.  The red  beast pictured above is what my ride looked like for the entire week.  With the change in water flows on an hourly basis, it is important to fish with people who have been on the water before.  Luckily for me, most guys on this trip were seasoned vets and I had safety tips coming at me from all angles.
I was warned going into this trip that it is a river that fishes like no other river.  It might take me a few days to get a hang of it.  With that information and my history of fish catching skills, I had very low expectations.  The first day produced just under 10 trout (all rainbows) about the size of the one in the net above.  I ended up doing fairly good for the week with getting around 50 trout (all but one were rainbows the other was a small brown).
All in all it was an amazing trip.  I will do more of an extensive write up but will have to figure out how to do it.  I normally do a fishing story day by day per post but I have never been on a trip as long as this with so many things that went on.  I just wanted to let the readers know that the trip was a blast and I actually caught a few fish.  Keep checking back to get the full write up on the trip and experiences staying with 10 other individuals.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Eve before a Trip

I'm not one that takes many full blown fishing trips these days with having 2 kids under three in the house.  But here we are on the eve of my first ever trip to the White River.  5am pick up and then its 10 hours between me and the historic trout fishery.
This is my first time targeting strictly trout for such a long trip (5 days of fishing) and even though I doubt I'll have much luck, I plan on fishing the hell out of that river.  Not sure if I'll be able to leave teasers during the trip, or if I'll have anything worth teasing but either way, a trip report will be in the future.
Until then...tight lines (I hope).