When getting into trout fishing there are several items you must have in order to be successful on the river. The first item is a proper rod and reel. We suggest a medium light, or ultra light, 6’6 rod with a light line spinning reel. Outfit your reel with 2-4 pound test line. (we use 2lb.) For fly fisherman a 9 foot 5 weight rod will suit our rivers perfectly. Use 5x leader with 6x or 7x fluorocarbon tippet.
After you have a good rod and reel set up the next thing you need is something to go on the end of you line. In low water conditions Trout Magnets are excellent for spin fisherman. Once the water gets high bottom fishing is the only way to go. Spin fisherman often use corn or Berkeley Power Eggs to get the job done. For the fly angler there are dozens of options for flies that will work on our streams. The most used, and productive flies are sow bugs, san juan worms, and various colors of soft hackles. All three types of flies should be used in size 14-16. You can catch fish year round on those three types of flies. A trout’s diet on our tail waters is mostly made up of sow bugs, and that is why it is such a productive fly. With the changing of the seasons several hatches occur that change which fly will be most productive, though.
The last piece of the puzzle when learning to trout fish is the location where you fish. The Little Red River is one of the most productive trout fisheries in the world. With an average of thousands of fish per mile it can cough up lots of fish on any given day, but if you aren’t in the right stretch of the river you can go home with your head hanging. To learn the river you must be out there as often as you can and study each stretch, learn each rock, and fish all the seams to find where the fish will be day after day. If you would like to learn our rivers give us a call and let us take you out for a day of fishing you will never forget, so you can enjoy days like we have every time you put a line in the water.