Caddis Report


Hello, I am Bo’s Yellow Labrador Retriever, Caddis

Hello, I am Bo’s yellow Labrador Retriever, Caddis. Bo named me for that wonderful aquatic insect that Arkansas trout just love to eat and yes Bo has tied some caddis fly patterns from my yellow coat.

Because I don’t have to guide, or fly fish, I have a lot of time in the boat to observe the river and the fish so I will try to give you regular updates on water conditions, fishing reports, photos of our anglers and of course the latest information on the Caddis hatch.

If you have any questions just e-mail me for the latest “Caddis Reports.”

 

Dave & Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Friday and Saturday we again had the pleasure of fly fishing with Dave from St. Louis, Missouri.  This trip he brought along Mike who is a good friend and long time business associate.  Seems like we had a really short spring as we are already into record high temperatures this month along with very high humidity.  Oh well, the fish do not seem to mind.  

Mike is fairly new to fly fishing so we worked with him on some knot tying and especially his casting stroke.  By the end of the second day his casting distance had tripled and his accuracy is improving.  We just have to get him a little quicker on the hook set.

The Caddis and BWO’s continue to come off although the Caddis hatch is slowing quite a bit as the temperatures have warmed.  We also saw quite a few Sulphurs and Yellow Sallies.  Both anglers landed a number of nice Browns and it was just two great days on the Little Red River.  We look forward to fly fishing with both Dave and Mike again real soon.

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS 

Good Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week the Little Red River fished really well.  The nymph fishing was good, the Caddis hatch continues so the dry fly fishing was super and we even took a big ole White on a streamer.  It was some fun times with good friends George Born and Steve Barrett.  

Bo has got to get busy tying some flys for next months Colorado trip.  Going to be a great time!

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS

 

 

A Vacationing New Yorker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan is from upstate New York right on the Canadian border.  He fishes two hundred days a year for mostly Steelhead and Musky.  Bryan is spending the month of April here in Arkansas on the Little Red River.  My good friend, George Born and I met Bryan and yesterday we had the opportunity to take Bryan fly fishing and show him some of our river.

Obviously and excellent fly fisherman it was a pleasure to spend a morning in the boat with Bryan.  It was a beautiful spring day and we enjoyed some of the best water conditions we have seen in a while.  Caddis emerges, Sowbugs and Pheasant Tails all produced consistently.  No one caught a big fish but the numbers of fiesty Brown and Rainbow Trout was pretty impressive.  

Hope we all get to fish together again during Bryan’s Arkansas vacation.

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS

 

Life Changing Fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although this Brown Trout replica is certainly not the largest fish I have ever caught it is definitely the one most special to me. This is a replica of a fish that I took many years ago while fly fishing with good friend, Duane Hada, and it was my first really good fish. Duane first introduced me to fly fishing, which over the years became a passion that ultimately resulted in new and completely changed life style.

For the past six years the replica has been stored in a furniture warehouse where extreme temperature changes had not been kind to it. Thanks to Duane Hada‘s Rivertown Gallery it has been beautifully restored and is back where it belongs above my fly tying desk at my house on the Little Red River.
 
Next time you are in Mountain Home, Arkansas, stop by Duane’s Rivertown Gallery and check out his beautiful art work.  Who knows, it might just change your life.
 
“Life is Good on the Fly!”

Abel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday we took my son Trent’s little puppy, Abel, on his first fly fishing float trip.  It did not take long for Trent to get hooked up and bring Abel’s first trout on a fly to the net.  Obviously Abel is a pretty fishy pup.  He only fell off the front of the drift boat and into the water twice.  We learned that Abel can in fact swim.

Only one real problem; my yellow lab, Caddis, does not like Abel even one little bit.  Right now there is no way to have both of them in the same boat.  Something to work on.  Anyway it was a wonderful day as it is always a treat to get fly fish with my son.

Yes there were Abel Reels in the boat.

WPS

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

Bo

“BLINK”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Wednesday my dear friend, George Born and I enjoyed a beautiful winter day fly fishing on the White River just above Sylamore Creek.  Fast forward to early the next morning on the same stretch of highway.  “Blink” and three deer appear, vehicle and jet boat destroyed and George has two six inch metal rods and eight screws in his neck as well as several fractures in his lower back.  He is a multi tour, wounded and decorated combat veteran and they do not come any tougher than George Born.  To be sure, he will be fly fishing again later this year.  Be like George, cherish your family and friends and enjoy every single day because it can all change in a “blink!”

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

Bo

4 FIRSTS FOR 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First guide trip of the new year, first time fly fishers as clients, first fish hooked in 2018 resulting in first broken rod of the year.  It really was an interesting start to the 2018 guiding year.  To say that it was cold would be an understatement.  When we launched the jet boat at about 11:00AM  it was 26 degrees, the wind was ten miles per hour right out of the east so it was blowing straight up river and to top it off it was snowing!

It was a late start due to the bachelor party the prior evening.  We had a big group of twelve anglers and we were fortunate to draw Christian and Austin and it was the first time for either of them to experience fly fishing.  Both guys are experienced duck hunters and all around outdoorsmen.  After a short casting lesson we were hunting fish.  Here is where the “firsts” began.

Although is was not the first cast, very shortly Christian, who was fishing behind Bo in the rowing seat, shouted, “I got one!”  The next sound was a loud “POW!”  The fly rod had exploded just above the first stripping guide very near the butt section.  Not knowing what to do Christian hands Bo the bottom one foot of the fly rod where the reel is attached. What to do?  Drop the little piece of fly rod and hand line the fish to the boat where Christian nets his first fish on a fly!  Quite a start to the new year.

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Waters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is always good to get back on your home waters especially when the absence was the result of some difficult times for our family.  Regardless, all is well as we prepare for the Christmas holiday season and the beginning of the new year.

This little Brownie is just a preview of the up coming steamer season.  The spawn is winding down on the Little Red River and the Brown Trout are taking much needed rest; but they will be getting hungry soon and if we can continue getting much needed rain we should see some great streamer fishing this winter.  It can be the best time of year to hunt big fish!  Hope to see you on the river soon.

Best wishes to all for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS 

First Time is the Charm

We had great time yesterday with first time fly fishers, Jamie and Mark from Fort Smith, Arkansas.  It was a beautiful fall day and you could not ask for better weather for your first day of fly fishing.  After a short casting lesson we headed down river on a very foggy morning.  Things started a little slow which happens sometimes during the full moon phase as the fish tend to feed pretty hard during the night time.  

Around mid morning the bite turned on and remained fairly steady the remainder of the day.  Best flys of the day included #16 Hare’s Ear, #18 Zebra Midge, RG/PT Cruiser and Born’s Hairy Legged Sowbug.  Both Jamie and Mark caught plenty of fat Rainbows and also managed to bring four beautiful, wild, Brown Trout to the net.  All in all, it was just a really nice day with two delightful people.

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS 

Wildflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right now the wildflowers on the Little Red River are absolutely beautiful.  As my good friend, Paul Broddick, can attest, the Brown Trout are also sporting their fall colors.  

We have pretty much spent the entire summer on a fly fishing tour out west in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado.  In late July we got back to Arkansas but by late August we were back in Montana and stayed until the first snow.  Therefore, we have obviously have not been guiding here at home so there have not been many posts to the website.  Over the next couple of weeks we will add some additional posts to chronicle the western fly fishing tour and by the first part of November we should be back to doing some guide trips here in Arkansas so just give us a call if you want to enjoy some beautiful fall fly fishing.

There are already a bunch of photos from this summers trip posted in the “Gallery” section of the website so take a look.  The week long float trip on the Smith River in Montana was really special and provided lots of great photos.

“Life is Good on the Fly!”

CADDIS