Monday, November 28, 2011


Sunday I took my man Norm back out for a little trout action. We had a major cold front moving in on us and the trout seemed to be reacting a little strange. The morning was good though. We found some fish willing to feed and made it happen. We fished a variety of styles including swinging soft hackles and stripping streamers along with your standard nymphs. We waded and we drifted. Norm caught several nice browns in the 16-18 march and gobs of decent rainbows. We spent some time wading and sight casting to larger trout. We had a solid two footer on but he managed to take a huge jump and bust us off. Despite the fact we didn't land him, it was a awesome sight to see! Norm will be back in 10 days or so to get his revenge!

A Farnsworth Family Adventure

Saturday I guided Farnsworth and his kids.This is now become the annual Thanksgiving weekend for him and his family! It's always a blast and despite the weather, Robert was determined to make this year no different. I started of with Miles and Duval, then we swapped them out for Ansley. The conditions for teaching kids was less than perfect. Cold, rainy, and high water. The kids bundled up and did great. The goal for the day was to put a brown in each kids hand and it was a mission accomplished! Here are some of the great photos we got of some brown trout action!


Last week, Tony and I ran a group trip with our good friend and client Logan. I fished Logan and his youngest son John. The bite was great we got into loads of good rainbows and had a great time. John is only 10 and really held his own in the boat. We packed a big family style lunch and picnicked on the high ground. We did our best to fish the boats together to keep the siblings in ear's distance of each other so the sibling banter could take place. It was certainly an awesome day for the family to make some good memories and catch some fish! Here is a photo with Logo with a lengthy rainbow!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dry Run Action

Today I took out my Little Buddy Will Portera and His dad Greg for some Dry Run Creek Action. The Little Red was high and muddy and I just did not think it would be great for these guys. So we hit the creek and she was Dynamite for us! Will just picked on them! He landed probably a 100 fish! Browns, cutthroats, and rainbows! Will learned to high stick nymph and got pretty dang good at it! Here are just a couple of the awesome fish my man Will landed!

Muddy River Hog!

Yesterday I fished with my man Stewart and " The Farns". The night before we got an absolute torrential down power, and the river was a muddy muddy mess. We started the day off right with some good ole Rustic inn for breakfast. Then we dug into the mud and made some magic happen. We landed probably 17 or 18 fish between 18-22 inches. Several rainbows and this Monster brown that Stewart thumped! All things considered it was a pretty incredible day of trout fishing even if the water was the color of chocolate milk!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gargantuan Rainbow!

So today I guided just Dennis. Dave had to head home to Missouri. We got a pretty good pounding with rain last night and the river was pretty off color today. I've got a spot that has been pretty good to me this year for finding some gargantuan rainbows and today she did not disappoint me. We hooked a couple of fish of equal caliber but we couldn't land them. I guess the third time was the charm! This fish for sure left us in all smiles all day!

Dennis and Dave

Yesterday I got the chance to guide two bothers who rendezvoused in Arkansas for a little fly fishing trip. Both guys are fairly new to the sport, but eager to learn. We started of the morning catching lots of fish. The river was low and we stuck to wading. As the day progressed they started to get buck fever and wanted to find a brown. We ended up sliding into a mess of nice browns to top the day off! Here is one of the ones Dennis sore Lipped!

Mickey's Monster

One day last week I ran a group trip with Papa Rouse and Mickey. We had 4 kids from the St. George's Angling society in Memphis, plus Logan and David ( the chaperones). It was an awesome time. All the kids caught lots of fish and learned a ton. We did a huge lunch family style on the bank and just enjoyed the awesome day. Mickey guided this young man into this monster. Unfortunately my picture is not the best. I kind of got a side shot because we wanted to get this fish back into the water asap! Enjoy!


So I've guided my man Ryan Mahoney several times now. Last week he brought his pops down from the North East to do a little fishing. The water was low and kinda slim for drifting but we managed to squeeze a few drifts out. Ryan's first fish on of the morning was a 28-30 fish. This thing was a monster! We had him on for quite a while and he ended up busting us off, right at the boat! We did end up catching tons more trout and had an awesome day despite  experiencing "the big one got away". I guess that's what keeps us coming back!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Norm and Dave!

Yesterday I guided my man Norm and his buddy David. Fishing was great. We switched it up a bit and fished some streamers as well as drug some nymphs around. We caught lots of fish both ways. Plenty of feisty rainbows as well as some good browns. Fish of the day award goes to Norm for this hog he pulled out while jerking a huge black streamer! Dave picked off this brown swinging a soft hackle! All in all it was a pretty stellar day fishing on the Little Red River with good people!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A day Off

So yes on my days off, I like to fish. Ive been on the water almost every day for the past 23 days but when the storms came in and my client for the day cancelled I just had to jump on the chance to go fish for some piggy rainbows. I convinced Amy to wader up and go play in the rain. Fishing was great. This fatty rainbow was just one of the many thumpers caught. I landed several fish around 18 inches, a couple 20-21 inch fish. Of course the biggest one of the day got away, but Amy and I saw him and he was big! Amy Ended up catching her a lengthy hen right before we left to be the icing on the cake!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Buck Fever

So my man Henry came over to Arkansas with one thing on his mind, a big brown trout. I was a little skeptical of the conditions. They have not run any water in several days and the river is low, low, low. We dug in and found a few sneaky spots and caught some great fish. Henry got him an awesome brown. Right before lunch we had another one spotted and he let me catch one! That does not happen to often and it was a great treat for me! The afternoon winds eventually blew us off the water but only after a fantastic day of sight casting to some awesome fish!

Doc and T-Rav

Last week, I got the chance to fish with Doc and Travis. As always these guys are awesome to fish with! They love life and just are such a blast to be around. We started off doing a little wading and just beat up on the fish. Doc scored several on streamers while, Travis picked on the swinging soft hackles! Once the water started to rise we jumped and the boat and covered some water! The bite was on and off but when it was on, it was awesome! We had some nice fish chase our streamers and some awesome eats that were just super exciting!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Robert and Gene!

Today I fished with Robert and Gene. After the day Farnsy and I had yesterday I was nervous about trying to give him another stellar day! We got swamped with rain last night and the river was a muddy mess today. We decided to dig our heals in and try them anyways. The pay off was great. We caught several awesome fish over twenty inches! As the water dropped out we did some sight casting with soft hackles and midges. Man nothing is more satisfying than making that perfect cast, making the good mend to set the drift up and BAM have the fish open his mouth and eat your fly! Man despite the muddy water and harsh winds my guys today persevered and we scored some trophy trout! Life is Good!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Today I fished with my man Robert Farnsworth, aka " The Farns" We decided to search for a big fish so we started off the morning ripping big flies. We caught several nice rainbows and several Decent browns. After lunch we made a move to a different spot to try some other stuff. We caught another nice fish on streamers and plucked a few off on soft hackles by sight casting to them. It was an epic afternoon on the river with probably 6 more fish over 18 inches. The fish of the day came at the very end of the day and is Farnsworth's new personal best!

Ben and Steve

Last Saturday I got to fish with some great Clients of mine Ben and Steve Weir. The River was an absolute zoo. It seamed as if all the Yahoo's were out and about. It didn't help that water was extremely low. After we found a place to fish boats continued to almost run us over. We decided to try and head somewhere away from the crowds. We found some places all to ourselves and absolutely crushed it! We caught fish after fish and it shook out to be an awesome day. Steve caught This solid rainbow swinging soft hackles and Ben caught this nice brown stripping a streamer.

Phil's Fish

A few days ago I took out a new client, Phil Lightfoot. Phil really wanted to catch a big fish. After catching a few fish on nymphs, I decided to teach Phil a few new techniques and teach him how to chuck and duck. In a few short drifts he had fish chasing his fly and whacking him left and right! He caught several solid browns but this one certainly took the cake! It was just another awesome day in paradise on the Little Red River!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Screamin Streamers, In Screamin Wind!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of Fishing with Jack and Doug. It was the first time I had ever fished with these guys. Conditions in the sky were perfect for streamers, low light and super cloudy! Our only drawback was it was screaming 30 mph winds almost constantly! This style of fishing was new to the guys but they buckled down and did great. We caught quite a few nice browns and several feisty rainbows! Here are a couple of the nicer fish that Jack brought to the boat!

Tis The Season!

Fall is always one of my favorite times on the river. The leaves are changing, the browns are starting to move and they feed ferociously. Chucking streamers is typically my favorite way to fish. I love the hunt, the chases, the eats, and even love the misses! There is just nothing more exciting than to know I am forcing the fish to come out of his comfort zone and eat out of aggression! It just fires me up. Loads of fish are chasing flies right now. I took Rich out who is my mate from across the pond and we did some serious chuck and duck fishing. We also pinged a few nice fish on nymphs as well to break up the day. Here are a couple of the nicer fish Rich caught!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

As you all know, I am crazy about father-son trips. Last week, I had the pleasure taking Jock and Spencer fishing with their dad Tom. Tom is in his mid eighties and really held his own! After we had caught a bunch of fish we decided to look for a larger fish. Spencer and Jock chucked some streamers for a while. Spencer probably caught 6 nice browns but this one took the cake! It was a great day spending time on the water with these guys! I am looking forward to the many more fishing trips me and my pops will have together over the years!

Bowen's Big Bow

So last week Mike and Suzie Bowen came to sore lip a few fish with me. We had some weird water flow but we made it happen. We had to work hard for our fish at first but we made a move to a different section of the river and started banging some fish. Mike and Suzie have been fishing with me a few times and it seems like each time one of them catches "the biggest trout they have ever caught." It always makes my day more enjoyable to fish with such awesome folks! Here is Mike's hefty rainbow for the day!

Doctor Albright Strikes again

So our good client Doctor Albright, came to fish with Jamie and I the past few days. Doc often brings his residents from Memphis with him to fish. Usually fellows who have never fly fished before. This time he brought Matt. Jamie took them out and waded the guys hard yesterday and crushed it! Today I took them out for a little boat fishing and it was lights out. They both got a good brown out of the day. This is the one that Matt stung!