Few experiences are more pleasant than spending a few hours on Lake Norfork searching for trophy stripers and challenging hybrids with the fly rod. It is not necessary to travel to saltwater to find big game fly fishing and the variety will surprise even experienced anglers.
The months of March, April, and May often find stripers over 20 pounds and hybrids up to 14 pounds chasing schools of shad near the shoreline. Mixed with these schools are largemouth, Kentucky, and smallmouth bass as well as white bass and large crappie. The action heats up again in the fall as water temperatures cool off and the shad move shallow again. A trophy walleye may be in the mix at this time of year.
Anglers are best served using 8 or 9 weight rods loaded with intermediate or slow sinking fly lines on good quality reels. Flies that emulate shad are most productive and Bink can provide local favorite patterns. It is necessary to cover plenty of water, so be prepared to cast 50 or more feet consistently.