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scott11t 01-27-2013 07:06 PM

Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
I don't know if its just me, but this tail water can be frustrating. I fished it a lot last spring. I had a couple great days but often days with no luck at all. I fish a lot near the Parker Bend area. I have most of my luck with woolly boogers and the occasional midge pretty much year round.

I just wanted to give others as well as myself a chance to share what works for them on this part of the white river...(if you willing to disclose this information)

r reese 01-28-2013 03:37 PM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
Lots of fishing and trying different flyes tell you get them to hit. Soft hackle pheasant tail, woolys and zebra midges. I dont catch alot of fish in beaver tailwater but fish it alot.

scott11t 01-28-2013 04:35 PM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
Do you think its the fish population that makes it so hard to fish? or is it that the fish are finicky...

I know there was talk once about adding a hatchery nearby. Is that idea in the trash can?

r reese 01-28-2013 04:41 PM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
It is fished hard and the fish are spooky

coug 01-28-2013 08:12 PM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
Nice to see posts about this place, I left Fayetteville about 10 years ago but used to fish this tailwater all of the time. Scuds, wooly buggers, and I found if they were rising I would use 18 or 20 midge emergers. There was a very good fly shop in Fayetteville that may have the best info.

scott11t 01-29-2013 02:15 PM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
It's been hard for me to find people who have fly fished the river. Mclellan's fly shop I think is the one your are talking about. They are a good source of information.
I actually went last week. Started fishing with a olive wooly. I had a few hits but I couldn't get one to commit. I tried something new that resulted in a couple fish. I tied a couple floating egg patterns on dry fly hook. I got two hard hits with it. I guess it looks like power bait that I see floating down the river from all the bait chuckers...

ja501 02-03-2013 06:55 AM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
I have never fished it but would love to try it. Are there places to wade? Have you tried tying some flies that are just a little different than main stream productions? Sometimes just a little difference is all it takes.

JA

jcw355 02-03-2013 07:39 AM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
The only time I fished there that water was really clear. I caught a couple on an olive wooly bugger but those conditions would require smaller and probably longer tippet.

scott11t 02-04-2013 10:08 AM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ja501 (Post 523001)
I have never fished it but would love to try it. Are there places to wade? Have you tried tying some flies that are just a little different than main stream productions? Sometimes just a little difference is all it takes.

JA

There are places to wade when the generators aren't running. Near the dam and also down around Parkers bend are the easiest places to wade. I've tried a few off the wall flies that have yeilded a fish or two but nothing consistant. Most successfull for me is throwing olive wooly downstream and stripping back up. Beatiful river...catching fish is often a challenge (for me anyway)

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Quote:

Originally Posted by jcw355 (Post 523008)
The only time I fished there that water was really clear. I caught a couple on an olive wooly bugger but those conditions would require smaller and probably longer tippet.

Olive wooly seems to be the way to go...Nymphing is hard to do without 7x tippet.

ja501 02-05-2013 10:19 PM

Re: Beaver Lake Tailwaters
 
I'm heading up to NW AR next week for work. I'll have to pack my gear and give the fishing a shot. Thanks for the info.


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