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Another Q About Dry Run

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I will be on the white next week and plan on making a trip to the Norfork. I was wondering about Dry Run for my son. I had fished at the Norfork Feb last year (lotsa water) and saw a bridge near a sign for dry run creek. I can only assume that is the spot...but the bridge was gated and chained shut. Was just wondering if I was in the right spot. We were at the parking lot/ramp right at the bottom of the Dam. Do we go further up to get in or did we just show up at a bad time...?

Thanks,

Mikey

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I will be on the white next week and plan on making a trip to the Norfork. I was wondering about Dry Run for my son. I had fished at the Norfork Feb last year (lotsa water) and saw a bridge near a sign for dry run creek. I can only assume that is the spot...but the bridge was gated and chained shut. Was just wondering if I was in the right spot. We were at the parking lot/ramp right at the bottom of the Dam. Do we go further up to get in or did we just show up at a bad time...?

Thanks,

Mikey

Its on the other side of the road... Across from all the electric equipment.

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Mikey,

Definately hit Dry Run for your son...In the camping area parking lot, park as close to the east and north as you can and there will be a steep set of stairs heading down to the creek and a waterfall area...LOTS OF BIG FISH HERE. Another great spot is on the other side of the road, actually parking in the hatchery parking lot...Go around to the east side of the hatchery and follow the sidewalk that runs parallel to the creek and the hatchery...The sidewalk will end but continue on through the grass and you will see a path worn down through the woods...this is basically the beginning of the fishable part of the creek as it gets much to shallow just above this spot...There is a massive pipe pumping water into the creek and that area along with the deep hole just below where water falls off a shelf is another excellent excellent spot...Another option is to walk the entire thing, which I did a number of times when I was younger...If you are flyfishing I can't help you much as I don't know much about the subject...If spin fishing, 1/16 oz maribou jigs in black, olive, and brown/Orange seem to be the ticket...casting up stream and letting the jig fall...Also, fish parts that look way to shallow to hold big fish because it will surprise you how little water a 20 inch fish needs to remain submerged.

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For fly fishing, last weekend they were hitting olive jigs / flies. It was cold so couldn't convince someone to stick around and see what they were boiling the surface on (something tiny), as they were in a feeding frenzy. It was not trout pellets coming out of the hatchery, not sure what they were hitting.

Tried some midge patterns but those did not work. Saw some decent fish but nothing really big. Probably a couple of 20" fish in the water about 3' deep. Did not work the area from the road to the river as that is deeper and no telling what was in there.

A bunch of little fish up near the hatchery.

Used 6x tippet.

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Park at the hatchery and walk up the walkway between the hatchery fence and DRC... You can look down on a good day and see all the big fish you ever want to see in one spot. There are numerous good spots to fish on the creek, but my favorite is a spot up about half way and down the steps just to the left is a deeper pool that usually holds a few big honkin' sows that will cooperate if you just keep doggin' them with a SJW or scud or nymph...

But then again, I don't remember a BAD spot on the creek...

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Thanks fellas. I will probably be taking the boy with his spinning gear...not sure I want to turn him loose on the fly rod. He hasn't even got it wet yet...but who knows. I might get up there and change my tune. I'll try and get pics for you guys when I return next weekend.

Mikey

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As small as the creek is, fly rods would be fine to just flip or roll cast. I don't think you can really cast must at all in it. Some drift fishing and the pools are pretty small. If you can get the bigger fish to take some small bait, fly gear may be the way to go. A small spinning rod would work letting it drift down stream.

Most places on the creek are not much more than 10 yards wide.

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