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Babin’s September Newsletter

Posted by Larry Babin on September 6th, 2012
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Not much has changed in the past month with the exception of some much needed rain. One of the best features to “ask for” on a tailwater such as the mighty White River or the Norfork Tailwater is consistency. Rarely is that the case but the common denominator over the course of the past month remains optimal wading opportunities on either river system. Although the summer heat is beginning to taper off, the crowds taking advantage of this have been slight to say the least.

The best approach to capitalizing on productive fishing revolves around the early morning hours and the late afternoon hours/early evening. The majority of my floats lately have been just that. I especially enjoy the opportunity of a 3pm launch and drifting until the sun sets and the big browns begin feeding more freely and without as much caution.

Early morning nymph rigs continue to produce with an assortment of zebra midges and UV scuds in gray or rust hues. Afternoon floats may revolve around new generation releases which really opens up opportunities for dry/dropper combos. In fact, the dry fly action as of late can be so aggressive that it constitutes a double dry rig which requires a good cast and excellent mending skills. I’ve recently created some incredible hopper patterns that have exceeded my expectations. Streamer fishing on the rise has also kept me on the vise creating new patterns. Either way, the fishing remains excellent here in early September.

At this rate the rivers are shaping up for an incredible fall season. Cooler temps are in the forecast for as early as September 8th as the highs drop to the early 80s. October is easily my busiest month although the best of the fall/winter season runs through February. It’s not too late to get in on the hopper bite here in September although dates are beginning to fill. Now’s a great time to get out the calendar and make plans! Be sure to give me a call or email @ 870.321.2792 or larry@hogsonthefly.com whether planning a guide trip or simply planning a vacation! I’d be happy to point you in the right direction!

For daily reports and more information about my guide service, river reports, and local business information, please visit www.hogsonthefly.com or if you would like to discuss booking dates, or group trips, send Larry an email to larry@hogsonthefly.com or call 870.321.2792.

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