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Fly Fishing On The Little Missouri River

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A few months ago our morning show director josh hale and myself went up into Arkansas to do some fly-fishing on the Little Missouri. This sport is very different from everyday fishing and so we had a professional fly fishing guide on this journey. Take a look.

Fly fishing is not your normal everyday fishing. There's special technique involved because you're casting an artificial fly that is nearly weightless. Our guide Jeff Guerin shows us the difference between a living fly and an imitation that he has tied himself.

Jeff....."This is one of the mayflies. This is the fly i call the long creek." But before another lesson is given, both myself and photographer..... Slash..... Morning show director josh hale have to done waders and boots. "I did it. Boots on. Waders on. I'm ready to go fly-fishing." Josh....on the other hand....was having a little trouble. You having some difficulty there, Josh? "Yes sir. I'm a city boy doing some country stuff right now."

There are rocks and boulders all through this river. Which leads us to our first lesson. How not to fall! Jeff says, "Put your heels down first. Keep your feet right under your shoulders. Never step on the big rocks." Also....If you're going faster than your guide, you're going too fast. And you don't want slip into a spring fed river in the fall. "This water is cold. It's like 58 degrees right now. If we faceplant in this water, we won't be making fun of Wendi in her snuggie anymore. We would actually need one at that point."

Now that we've learned to walk all over again, we can start talking flies. One more time....with clarity, what do these little flies do? According to Jeff, they are "Imitating the bugs that are actually in the river the fish are looking to eat." And here's the tricky part. Obviously one of the first things you learn in fly fishing is how to cast. Of course it takes a little while, there's a lot of technique involved as well. You're not using a regular fishing pole but after you get that technique down, you can start catching trout or crappie, or even bass. One thing about fly fishing is it's so peaceful out here. I'm absolutely loving it.

Jeff says people enjoy fly fishing because "The office is gone. What happened earlier that day is gone. Cause you're focused on what's happening right there and what you're doing with that rod and line." So this is a great classroom for honing your skills. Which shouldn't take very long. But those fly reels can be tricky and Jeff is very colorful on how he puts in your mind's eye the way he wants you to cast. Jeff's advice on casting, "You're gonna set that bottle down on the table in front of you without tipping it over. Don't spill it. I can usually have somebody from an outright beginner as you're going to be today, cast and getting the fly in the water safely and reasonably well in about forty-five minutes."

Jeff says that some of the things we'll be working on today include "Where to land the fly on moving water. How to work the fly. Actually produce strikes." After some time of listening....learning....and doing....i was ready to solo. And if you're wondering....no. I didn't catch anything but i was hooked.

Well we are wrapping up a day of fly fishing here on the little Missouri River. I'm ready to do this again very soon.

Jeff had the best quote to round out our day of fly fishing, "There's an old saying in fly fishing. That trout do not live in ugly places."

Some accounts have fly fishing traced back to the second century. People commonly fly fish for trout, grayling, and salmon. But you can fly fish for just about anything. The bate immitates a food source like flies or insects.

For more information on where we went fly fishing and details on the sport itself you can log on to Littlemissouriflyfishing.com or call Jeff Guerin at 8 7 0 - 2 1 0 - 3 6 8 1.

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