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And Partridge and Peacock are reliable “old school” choices. Newer tungsten bead patterns like Submarines and others can also be extremely effective.

Midging with dries is extremely challenging, requiring patience, precise stealthy presentations and often a sense of humor. Long fine leaders 7x and 8x, downstream fly first presentations, and a box full of tiny dries is essential. Try all-rounders like Griffith’s Gnats, Parachute Adams, and traditional Midge dries in Cream, Gray, Olive and Black. Look for trout rising consistently rather than cruisers.

Like all Arkansas tail waters, scuds and sow bugs are always on the menu, from size 18 up to 14 being best bets. We love the local McLellan’s Hunchback Scud in olive, gray and tan, and Kaufmann’s scud patterns, both bead nd non-bead versions also work well. McLellan’s Woven V-Rib Sowbug and other sowbug patterns are also worth using, particularly in 2-fly rigs outside the “no-bait zone.”

Woolly Buggers are also enormously effective, particularly in olive, brown or black. Beadheads are more popular but weighted beadless buggers work as well. White buggers are useful during winter shad kills. San Juan Worms, egg patterns and Y2K bugs also work well. Those targeting larger fish may also want to try larger streamers on intermediate lines in the deeper sections, including sculpin patterns, zonkers and the like.

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