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This is for all you guys on the ark. When should I plan to go down and fish the blanket hatch? Every year I say i'm gonna do it but I don't. I have heard that mother's day is actually the end of the hatch. Is this true? Are the camping spots open around this time? I stayed on the ark once a couple years ago and stayed at the five points campground. Will I be able to camp out? I want to try and take a couple days and try out this "breathe through your teeth" fishing.
 

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Well I have been in the breathe through your teeth caddis hatch and didn't catch a damn thing. You honestly can't see your fly so I move above the hatch 3 or 4 miles and slayed them. Here is a link to an article

http://flyfisherman.com/rmwest/bearkansas/index2.html

I actually am on this guys newletter and he'll send out a progress report every week telling you where the hatch is

http://royalgorgeanglers.com/

Hope that helps...


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Never been on the water during the Caddis Hatch! This will be my first before Mother's Day Caddis Hatch, so wish me luck! See you guys during the run-off. I'm off to be a trout bum for a while.

Peace,

The Rocnesmonsta
 

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if you fish when flies are on the water, go a size or two above the actual fly, its basic biology. with a surplus of food in the water, the fish are going to go after the biggest flies with the smallest amount of effort.
 

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I pick late April - May. If you find the caddis blizzard, get above the hatch and fish a dry dropper with a caddis and a green pupae dropper. I typically catch more fish on the pupae than I do the dry. If you stay upstream of the hatch you'll find more fish that are anticipating the hatch and you'll have more success than when there are a million flies in the air.
When a caddis hatches, it explodes to the surface on a bubble of air, breaks out of its pupae skin a few inches from the surface, and immediately takes to the air. If you fish the pupae, fish it with a lifting action, bringing it off the bottom in steady lifts. You'll catch them fish...I guarantee!
 

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Hatchmaster - btw, yes, there are places to camp along the river and you shouldn't find too much competition for spots, especially if you camp during the week.
 

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New from the Arkansas....
I fished Sunday and yes, I'm finding a few caddis here and there. Use a dark green to lime green pupae pattern, size 16. Most of the fish are positioned in the feeding lanes and ready to gobble 'em up! I tried to post a pic, but the tinypics website is down.
 
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