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Peter’s Creek Float, Alaska

Posted by Phil Lilley on August 21st, 2014

My recent trip to Alaska was a working trip. My friends scratch their heads and ask, “How can a trip to Alaska be working, when it comes to fishing?” Well, when you help guide a group of eight clients on a four-day, three-night float trip down a remote river, that’s work — albeit the most fulfilling kind for me!

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Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, July 24

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 24th, 2014

Perfect Chop

Generation patterns have held true here on Lake Taneycomo the last week, although our daytime temperatures have not. We’ve had nice hot days and nice cool days, but I don’t think anyone is complaining! Our water has been off most mornings and running hard in the afternoons and evenings. Some days a half unit is running in the mornings, then the flow is cranked up in the afternoons, but there’s no rhyme of reason for the difference. We’re taking whatever is given to us. read more…

Lilleys’ Lake Taneycomo fishing report, July 15

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 16th, 2014

Burckhardt 1 530

This weather is pretty sweet, isn’t it?! We keep thinking that any day now it’s going to turn into a “normal” summer and become blazing hot, but it hasn’t yet! One real nice thing about this cooler, drier weather is that there’s no fog on Lake Taneycomo early and late in the day. Some like the fog, but I like to fish early and late and don’t like driving through a wet, cold fog. That’s just me! read more…

The Big Fly Rod Popper Build (Step By Step)

Posted by Marty Horn, aka Billethead on July 12th, 2014


This is going to be picture heavy so please bear with me. This will be more easy on my pea sized brain. This will be a guide and everyone will tweak their building process, less painting, more painting power tools etc. These poppers are pretty good sized but throw well with an eight weight. Adjust size to fit your needs. read more…

Darn it, why aren’t the small trout biting?

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 11th, 2014


Catch of the week

Phil Lilley was in search of small trout when he took his grandkids fishing recently on Lake Taneycomo.

“We were trying to catch a couple of small trout for an art project they were doing,” said Lilley, who runs Lilleys’ Landing Resort and Marina.

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It’s hopper time on the White River

Posted by John Berry on July 11th, 2014


As I have written about before, this year has been a complete bust for me, when it comes to catching the hatch and fishing dry flies on the White River. I have seen a few very sparse hatches of caddis and sulphurs but I have not been able to key in on a respectable hatch, where the trout are keying in on the adults. It appears that there has been a conspiracy against me. Every time that I am present, when a hatch is beginning, they turn on four generators, which completely eliminate any possibility of fishing the top. I am always in the wrong place at the wrong time. read more…

Berry’s White River fishing report, July 11

Posted by John Berry on July 11th, 2014

During the past week, we have had a couple of rain events (for a combined total of three quarters of an inch here in Cotter), warm temperatures and moderate winds. The lake level at Bull Shoals fell five tenths of a foot to rest at four tenths of a foot below seasonal power pool of 661.2 feet. This is thirty four and two tenths feet below the top of flood pool.
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Babler’s Table Rock fishing report, July 8

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 8th, 2014

bluegill time

White River Outfitters Guide Service Current Table Rock Lake Fishing Report July 8th. 2014 The last 2 weeks have kind of started us into the Summer doldrums. Pretty much the same old same old, during this period. Surface water temperatures have been in the 80 degree range now for at least 3 weeks and they seem to hover from 80 to 83, depending on the time of the day. Lake levels from 916 to 917, with water clarity depending on your area, generally judged as clear and clearing. read more…