Monday, April 30, 2012

Fishing Is Still Hot!!!

Josh landed this nice brown on a Hot Wire Prince.
This rainbow took a bead head prince.
This was Joe's first float on the Arkansas.  This rainbow was just one of many he caught today.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Clients Hammered Them!!!!!

 Chris still smiling!!!
 This is John.
John still smiling!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Upstream Float

You can see the early morning snow blowing off Mt. Shavano.
This fish won the bet with Larry's son.
To catch fish today, we had to go through the fly box and try many different flies.
Pretty spots on this fish.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Epic Winds!!!!!!!

 We had to dig deep into the guides fly box to find the Pink Panty streamer,
and it worked to catch this fish.
 John forgot his comb.  We experienced a 52 m.p.h. gust of wind today.
We ended up sailing the boat down the river.
This rainbow that John caught took the A.R.P.
The river is up to 444c.f.s.  This made it a little bit off color and I think a bit cooler.
The caddis didn't come off the river today.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ladies Day On The River

 Donna caught most of her fish on a foam hopper.

Ann caught most of her fish on the Two Bit Hooker.
The river is changing.  It was 377 c.f.s. at the put-in and 401c.f.s. at the take out.
The raise in the level definitely put some color in the river.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The River Is Above 300c.f.s. Today

 Mike was amazed that we used a hopper/dropper in April.
 Caught this one on the dropper.
 Caught this one on the hopper.
 Bret used a black foam caddis.
 Bret was talking to me.  He had his line dangling behind him and this fish was so hungry he hit the fly.
Damn near jerked the rod out of his hand.
This high viz caddis caught a few fish today.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Caddis Season

 The black foam caddis caught lots of fish today.
 This ram was leading the ewes back up the slope away from the river.
 At 80 years old Norm still enjoys float fishing and catching those wild browns.
Ray always has a smile on his face when he catches fish!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Big Fish Day

 David used the hopper/Two Bit Hooker combination to land some bigger fish.

This was Jim's first float trip on the Arkansas River.  He enjoyed himself.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

More Caddis!!!

 The caddis were plentiful and Steve caught lots of fish.
 Most of the fish were caught on a tan elk hair caddis.
And some were caught on the G.W. Special.

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Caddis Are Here!!!!!!!!!!

We floated through the hatch.
Steve experienced the caddis hatch for the first time.
The bigger fish seemed to be feeding today.
Chris was using double dries.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hopper/Dropper Day

 Dick caught lots of fish today.
The Hofers liked going after the Two Bit Hooker today.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Guide, Lucas

It was my fortune to go with Lucas today.  He put me on MANY fish.
I really think he will become a top guide for ArkAnglers.
He even put me onto the biggest thrill of the day......a common sucker!
I pulled the oars for a few minutes so Lucas could catch a fish or two.
This rainbow challenged both of our skills.  Lucas had to finally go to shore
so that I could finally force the fish to the bank.
This is an example of a Tasmanian or Grand Canyon Rainbow. 
See the pronounced color under the jaw of the fish