Norfork Tailwater

Norfork Tailwater and Spring River

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 19th, 2014
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by NetBoy, OAF member – Spent the last 3 weeks in north Arkansas chasing trout on the Spring River and Norfork Tailwater. Weather was a bit chilly with lows in the 20’s and highs in the 40’s. Hot spot this trip was the Spring river. Also spent 3 afternoons on the Norfork since they were running the generators in the mornings.

Best fly was a Y2K since the trout were in spawning mode. Also caught a few larger fish on a black woolly bugger. Lost 2 real pigs on this trip. First one was a Spring river rainbow that hit the woolly bugger in a deep shoal. Only had her on for a few seconds before the hook pulled, but got a good look at her and I would estimate around 24-25″. Second one was a Norfork brown that took the Y2k. Set the hook and she took off downstream and then the 6x tippet broke just above the fly. I think she was hooked inside the mouth and the tippet frayed on her teeth. She looked to be in the mid 20’s also.

Here are a few pics.

Wife with a Norfork rainbow


Spring river rainbow


Spring river brown


Playing one on the Norfork


Another Spring river rainbow


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