Tackle Suggestions for the; White River, Buffalo River, and Norfork River
Trout; brand favorites; Little Cleo, Blue Fox, Mepps XD, Rapala. Most all spinners and spoons are 1/4 oz. unless very low water, then 1/8, 1/16 oz. Colors; Cleos, nickel-copper-gold. Blue Fox- wildeye or plain, silver or gold. Mepps XD (dressed or not) gold, black, black body gold blade, gold body- brown trout or rainbow blade. Rapala CD 3,5,7 in silver/black, gold/black rainbow and brown trout and fat raps.
Flies: Wooleys size 6-12 all common colors (olive is the go-to color). Emergers, soft hackles, sowbugs & scuds sizes 10-18. I also fish an assortment of micro-jigs under a larger indicator from the boat. Pink, olive, brown & gray marabou (1/64 & 1/32): also san juan jigs in pink, red, natural & orange. That's the trout menu. Pretty simple!
Smallmouth bassMenu includes; soft plastics- 4" zoom lizards, centipedes, finesse worms all in natural colors (watermelon, watermelon red, green pumpkin, pumpkin). Texas rig in deep holes w/ tight structure. Carolina rig in current and fish on the swing. Slip sinkers in 1/8 and 3/16 oz.- 1/0 and 2/0 light wire hooks. In-line spinners work well in the shoals and faster current. Mad Man or Yum crawfish tubes w/ 1/8 oz. jig heads are a must (natural colors). Mizmo tube jigs (like Gitzits), 1/8 oz. Jig heads (natural colors). Flukes, tiny torpedos & pop r's are good choices on the surface.
Bass Flies: Wooley buggers, Bass Bullies, Clouser Minnows, Crawfish patterns (natural colors, big, ugly & hairy!) Poppers, hoppers and divers.
All rods, for both rivers & either species of fish, are medium action 5 1/2 or 6 ft graphite and spooled with lo-vis green Stren 6 lb line. You can use lighter actions for the trout, but wouldn't for the bass (you could chance losing a nice fish to a wimpy rod). use 4 to 6 weight fly rods with matching weight forward line. It is a good idea to have an extra spool with mid-range sink tip line. Bass fly fishers will be well served to have a full sink line.