So for the past few weeks the summer livin has been easy! Lots of good fishing and good fun! There's no doubt it's been hot, but the fish have had cool squirts of water on them every day and has kept them active. The river has stayed with a pretty medium flow to it with some windows of lower water. We've been clobbering them on attractors and soft hackles. The streamer bite has been great in periods of low light as well and on occasion fish have been willing to eat a dry. Here are a few pictures of some boys and girls who have been enjoying the summer bite. As we creep into August and September the hopper bite should get great. The higher flows are truly to our advantage if you want to try and fool some fish
on the surface with foam and rubber! In addition, the Hybrids are surfacing on Greers Ferry and feeding hard on threadfin. So, dont forget there is some awesome fishing to be done the rest of the summer!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This morning I fished Ryan for a half day, we decided to go fish the lowest water on the river at the Dam. The Corps had said water would be off until noon, Well at 9:19 a.m. they blew the horn and the water started rising. We decided instead of running away from the big water we would just dig our heels in and fight the big water, It turned out to be great. We had lost a few nice rainbows and really wanted a thumper, and a thumper we got. Ryan caught several nice browns this morning and several hefty bows but this 20 incher took the cake! It was an awesome two days on the Little Red, I mean it really doesnt get much better than the fishing has been the past few days with action all over the board!
Monday, July 11, 2011
So today I took Ryan Voorhies ( which means by the river Vies in either French or Dutch, Ryan wasnt exactly sure) out for a little fly fishing adventure. Ryan and his dad fished with me a while back and had an incredible day. I wasn't sure how I could top the time they had but we managed to surpass it! Ryan boated tons of fish nymphing and even crossed a few eyes throwing some dries! I bet he caught 80+ fish today and the icing on the cake was the big ole butter bellied brown! We had an awesome time on the Little Red River today!
Friday, July 8, 2011
Today I got to take Pierce on a Dry Run Creek adventure...which in case you don't know is probably one of the most amazing pieces of trout water in the country! Its full of trophy fish and the best part about it is its just for kids! Pierce crushed them, he caught loads of healthy fish including a monster bow, some nice browns and some super beautiful cutties. We even got some fish to eat dries, It was just all around a killer day, If you've got a kid you want to get into the sport this is truly the place for them. Don't get me wrong there is lots of fish in the small creek, but they can be extremely smart and picky. If you want to get after them get at me and Ill hook your kid up!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Yesterday evening Amy and I went out for a little fun, we just goofed around in the cool evening river air, listened to some tunes and picked on a few fish. It was absolutely perfect. The fish seemed to be active rising all around us, with several varieties of Mayflies in the air as well as BWO's and even a stray caddis or two. The water had a lazy medium flow which was perfect for some drifting. Amy had a monster fish on at one point but he got away. She did land this nice chunky little bow though to put some icing on the cake!
My boy Ben and his lady Lauren came to fish with me on Monday. Ben usually wants to chase a pig, and he usually catches one but we decided to just make the trip the most enjoyable for Lauren and boat numbers. The fishing was outstanding. We must of had 15 doubles by noon and boated close to 80 fish...I'm not even kidding. It was lights out everywhere we went! The sun was covered by the clouds and the temp was cool. We certainly spoiled Lauren by catching so many fish!
Last week I took out a father and son, Robbie and Justin. Justin is a med. student and Robbie is a rancher is Texas. We had some serious fun, had some friendly competition and they ragged each other all day. It was awesome. Not to mention the fishing was great. We fished a sweet low water window in the morning and then dug our heels in the full two units after lunch. Not another boat on the water and we just smacked the fish! Fishing the high water was killer. The fish were fat and angry, plus it doesn't hurt to have over 6,000 cfs pulling the fish away from you too!
Last week was I took Billy and Lisa from Texas out for a day of fishing. They hammered them. We fished the lower water in the a.m. and big two units in the p.m. It was lights out action! Small world stuff, Billy and Lisa went to high school with my mom at Ridgeway in Memphis! It was their 30th wedding anniversary. It was a great day to be on the water, with active fish, mild temps and virtually no one else around! Life is good on the Little Red River!