What to Bring

Empty Creel Fly Fishing Guides and Outfitter can provide the necessary terminal tackle including fly rods and reels, fly line, leader and tippet material as well as the right flies for fishing our rivers.  Unfortunately we are not able to provide waders and boots.

If you prefer to bring along your own fly rod, the best all-around selection for a fly rod is a nine-foot 5 weight rod with a weight forward floating line.  You can certainly go lighter with a 4 weight or 3 weight rods for a bit more of a challenge or for dry fly fishing.  Finally, if you would like a challenge, bring along a 6 or 7 weight rod and we will show you some of our very effective big streamer techniques.  An appropriate sized weight forward-floating line, as well a 200-250 grain sink tip line 15-30 feet in length, will help get a big streamer in front of a hopefully big German Brown Trout!

Also bring:

  • Your favorite and hopefully lucky fishing hat and sun screen
  • A good pair of polarized sunglasses, not only to help you see fish but more importantly for the safety of your vision
  • Depending on conditions, a quality pair of breathable gore-tex waders, a wading belt and vibram rubber-soled wading boots, which we recommend to prevent the spread of contaminants such a didymo.  Please be sure to thoroughly clean your waders, boots and other equipment when fly fishing different rivers and streams.
  • Your digital camera, which we will use to photograph your day on the river for you.


  • Waders
  • Wading Belt
  • Boots
  • Fly Rod and Reel
  • Forward-Floating Line
  • Sink Tip Line
  • Lucky Fishing Hat
  • Sun Screen
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Digital Camera
  • Arkansas Fishing License and Trout Stamp

Finally, an Arkansas fishing license and trout stamp is required even though we are strictly a “Catch and Release” fly fishing operation.