Greg, Thanks for the great fishing trip from Pangburn last week. An amazing fishing experience -- lots of big fish just where you said there would be. Thanks for your expertise and all your hard work to keep Lisa and myself busy landing the fish. We look forward to the next trip from Lobo Landing. Chuck (Texas)
I've been fishing with guides for the last 20 years in a half-dozen states, and after one day with Greg, I'd put him at the top of the list.
I especially admired the way he always had a rod ready for me to use, while he was re-rigging the rod I'd just been using. No other guide I've used has been smart enough to figure that one out. He spared no effort to find fish and guide me to the best presentation. And by the way, I caught over 30 trout--most of them on a fly he invented and ties for the Little Red River. Even the home-cooked hot lunch was outstanding.
Greg, I wanted to say thanks for the pictures and give you an update on my fishing Thurs and Fri.
Thursday I fished at the dam. I started with the dropper rig and didn't do much good. I noticed the fish were rising and tied
on the crackleback that you gave me. I started catching fish with it. This was up river from the narrow section (guard house). Caught 7 there. I then went further up toward the dam where it is shallow. Fish were rising there also and was catching fish until the horn blew at 1. Total of 9 for the morning.
Friday I started at the dam in hopes of seeing some rising fish again. No luck. The river was getting crowded and I decided to go
to the bridge and fish. I started with the single midge and was not having any luck. I fished down stream where the water got deeper and decided to rig up the dropper with sow bug on top and midge on bottom, like we fished on Wed. I immediately started catching fish. Caught 3 in one run and thought I was done catching fish for the day. As I was on the way back upstream, I decided to try another run where guys were fishing earlier. Caught 8 there in about 45 min. I had to get back to the camper to get ready to head home or I would have stayed longer. Both days started slow but ended up being successful.
I was great being able to fish so much in one week. Our trip on Wed definitely boosted my confidence on Thurs and Fri. I was able to use the knots you showed me and using the different indicator is much better than the foam that won't move. I went to the fly shop and got some more indicators and some soft weight. Small things can make a big difference.
Once again, thanks for the trip and all the tips and info. You helped make it a great week of fishing for me. I hope to see you on the river or at the fly shop on one of my return trips.
Thanks for the pictures. Rob and I had a great time on the Little Red. I can honestly say I don't think a day goes by that I don't think of that day fishing. I have one of the pictures as my wallpaper on my computer. There really haven't been to many opportunities for fishing around here, or in Tennessee because of all the rain. I hope it hasn't slowed y'all down too much. Anyway, I would really like to get up that way again and we will definitely try to plan another trip as soon as possible. Thanks again for a great day and the photos. Try to stay dry.
Thanks again for an excellent time on the river. Shanna and I cant wait to return and see if we cant hook "the big one" again! After catching those fish, she is definitely hooked on flyfishing, and I am blessed to have such a wonderful fishing partner!
A favor please: keep your eyes open for a lot on the river, either FSBO or by a Realtor. We loved it enough to consider purchasing a river-front lot so that we can one day do as you have done, retire there.
Hope your Christmas season is a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous!
ps we got the card and CD of the photos yesterday. Your wife is an EXCELLENT artist, and your photography skills deserve an award....thanks for sharing with us.
Just wanted to say thanks again for a great day on the river. I lost track once more after you started counting again after we had been in the honey hole a bit so have no reasonably accurate number to allege to when I tell others.. What was the pink fly we were using? I think it was a streamer(?) of some sort with some pink maribou but don't visualize it clearly and feel dumb trying to describe it. Not sure why pink works so good there but you don't see it used here... I may try it here as a wild card sometime (first stocking starts next week).
I was so jazzed I couldn't wait to call all my fishing buddies with a report.
Your talents are amazing--not only are you a good fishing guide but you are a good photographer.