Date Posted: December 12, 2018

The river is clear and the generation the last two days has been morning only, starting about 6:00 am for 2 to 4 hours with 2 units. Rainbows and browns are active.  Be sure to check the generation schedule each day since it is subject to change.   

Early wade fishing is possible from Ritchey Shoal downriver.  Take note of the rising water and be able to wade out when it arrives.  The best flies have been egg patterns, small midge pupa and size 16 nymphs.

The brown trout are spawning on the shoals so if you get a chance to wade, be careful of walking thru the redds.  For those who are unfamiliar with this term, it refers to the areas on the river bottom where the brown trout have made their spawning beds.  These will show up as clean, polished areas of gravel in the shallow areas of a shoal.  Please avoid these, since disturbing these areas will prevent the eggs from hatching.  The eggs are in these areas until about February, when they will hatch. It is always best to fish for the browns that are moving up to the spawning areas and those laying behind the redds, eating the eggs floating off these areas.  Rainbows will also be downstream of the redds feeding on these eggs. Browns are not stocked in the Little Red River, so fishermen can help insure the future brown trout population by being careful during this season.

If you are wondering what to get that special person for Christmas or if you have been asked what you want for Christmas, a gift certificate for a fly-fishing trip on the Little Red River may be a good gift idea.  Just give me a call and we’ll work out the details.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and Good Fishing!!
Greg Seaton


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