Steve B. shows off his beautiful hookjaw (male) Brown Trout fishing near Cotter. This Trout was released unharmed, of course… Great job, Steve! I told you I’d make you famous! As you can see from the photo, this trout is ready to go back in the river, folks! I thought this was a great … Read moreBrown Trout Fishing – White River… yup, it’s good!
Well, this gnarly little Brown Trout almost got the better of the Trout Diva tonight! I was down by the boat ramp again, just before sunset… I was using an orange & black Rapala deep runner, size 9, and slam! I knew I had a good fish on… So, I let it run for … Read moreTrout and Tennis Shoes
‘Cause I’ve got a golden ticket… I’ve got a golden chance to make my way… And with a golden ticket, it’s a golden day! OK, OK… I haven’t really lost it; not completely, anyway. Although, over the last couple of weeks, I really thought some of y’all had! I’m sorry, really I am… There have … Read moreI’ve got a Golden Ticket!!!
Well, you know what they say; the more things change, the more they stay the same. Even back in the 50’s, there was “division”, if you will, between those who bait fish and those who fly fish. It’s only fitting that my Dad would write about bridging that gap over 50 years ago, and finding … Read moreCowboy Collie
It’s Better To Be Lucky… You know, it really IS better to be lucky than it is to be good… I say that because nothing short of being extremely lucky (except possibly Divine Intervention) could explain the story I’m about to tell ‘ya… OK, so it’s my “quiet time” a few nights ago… It’s been … Read moreTrout Diva Gets REEL Lucky
You know, it takes all types to be a Trout Diva! Now, most of us are goin’ to really rub it in when we whip up on ‘ya boys… for a long, long time! But, some Trout Divas play it a little more low-key. They act all gracious, and truly humble… Well, until I’m done … Read moreTrout Diva Strut
So, you might be wondering how the fishing is lately… you probably already know how incredibly spoiled we are on the White River. Fishing is seldom anything but good. But, please… Don’t take my word for it! I’ll just let my Divas do the talking… What Divas am I talking about? Well, of course, I’m … Read moreTrout Divas UNITE
Part 3: More Tips for 6-8 So, you’re out there… You’re in 6 to 8 generators of water. What would you look for? Of course, it’s always helpful to know what the river bottom is like when the water is low. The trout will come out of those deeper holes in the bigger water, because … Read moreFishing the Changing Waters of the White River — Part 3
Part 2: Tips for 6-8 So, where to begin? Let’s start with 6 to 8 generators… You’ll need a john boat, of course. And you’ll need to concentrate on your boat handling in order to keep the boat drifting at, or slightly slower than the speed of the water. Give yourself some time to adjust … Read moreFishing the Changing Waters of the White River — Part 2
Here’s a picture of a fly fisherman in the Cotter Big Spring Park around 1955. OK, so this picture is not as colorful as the ones on the website, but trust me — the man in the picture is about as colorful as it gets! That’s my Dad, Bob Watts. I guess this place is … Read moreMyDaddy