The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > Fly Fishing Articles > Warmwater Articles

Warmwater Articles Articles on fly fishing for bass, panfish, pike and other warmwater species.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-18-2005, 09:40 PM
Fish Bones's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 3,566
Fish Bones has a spectacular aura aboutFish Bones has a spectacular aura aboutFish Bones has a spectacular aura about
Send a message via AIM to Fish Bones
Default What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

[img2="left"]http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=168&stc=1[/img2] What's Out There to Fly Fish For?
By Dave Whitlock


As I was growing up in Oklahoma's warm waters, all I had to fly fish for was bass and sunfish. Nothing had spots except an occasional accidental channel catfish! There were no trout, no grayling, no salmon... poor Okie from Muskogee, I used to think. My young brain had been tattooed from reading magazines, books, and catalogs that fly fishing wasn't fly fishing unless I was wading a cold, clear stream where colorful, spotted torpedoes broke the surface for graceful, sail-winged, blue dun colored, floating mayflies. Oh, to be among the privileged trout and salmon fly-fishing elite!

Well, I got an education, a job, vacation time and joined the 'real' world of fly fishing back east, up north and out west! It was fantastic! Then when I was about 30, I started to change my thinking. Why? Well, for several reasons. First, two or three weeks of 'real' fly fishing a year was just not enough. It was also becoming harder to find and more expensive, plus my wife and kids were learning to fly fish and needed more of my time. At that point, I had also begun considering an occupation change from petroleum research to ...fly fishing!

The more I thought, remembered and looked around, the clearer it became to me that almost at my doorstep there was an abundance of cool and warm water creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes loaded with wild game fish that we could access after work and school and on weekends or holidays. So we began to revisit some eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas past favorite spots and explore new ones. Every place was a new adventure, and with just a few tackle and fly modifications, we caught an amazing variety of fish on flies. There were largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, blue gill, green sunfish and at least eight or 10 other species of sunfish! But that was just the beginning. I also caught drum, sauger, channel catfish, carp, chubs, gar, bowfin, fresh water herring, shad and bullfrogs! What fun! All these species have their own special qualities.


So, do yourself a favor this season. If you haven't already discovered the other, more abundant fun part of fly fishing, those warm and cool water, fresh and salt water fish that'll gobble your fly, try them out in your 'home' waters. Chances are, you'll find more elbow room, have more success and perhaps even more fun fly fishing...and definitely more often.

Article courtesy of Dave Whitlock at Fly Fishing with Dave and Emily Whitlock in the Oklahoma Ozarks
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DaveW.jpg (16.3 KB, 1712 views)
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2007, 05:45 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1
rrichie will become famous soon enoughrrichie will become famous soon enough
Default Re: What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

Thanks Dave, you are truly a man after my own heart!!
__________________
Bob Richie
Dallas, Texas
rgrichie@sbcglobal.net
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 03-19-2007, 04:04 AM
aroostookbasser's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Madison Maine!!
Posts: 787
aroostookbasser has a spectacular aura aboutaroostookbasser has a spectacular aura aboutaroostookbasser has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

Amen Brother Amen...............
__________________


"As The deer Thirts For Water, I thirst for you Oh Lord"

North Woods Wanderings
Adventure into the North Woods.......

"Aroostook Flyers and Tyers"
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2007, 03:14 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 10
Memphis is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

I'm hitting my first lake on my first go at fly fishing this weekend! I am completely stoked! Thanks for the article!
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 04-04-2007, 04:13 PM
Colorado Cajun's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 240
Colorado Cajun is on a distinguished road
Default Re: What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

Quote:
Originally Posted by Memphis View Post
I'm hitting my first lake on my first go at fly fishing this weekend! I am completely stoked! Thanks for the article!
That's awesome! Good luck!
__________________
Mitch

Give a man a fish, he will have dinner. Teach a man to fish and he will be late for dinner. Quote by Someone. *L*
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 06-28-2008, 07:43 PM
Taylor Davis's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 6
Taylor Davis is on a distinguished road
Default your aticle

i read your article in the july issue of fly fisherman. i just wanted to say how god it was and your tips relly helped alot.

Taylor D.
tie one on -------<*))))))<
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2012, 09:41 AM
freebird630's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Russellville, Arkansas
Posts: 89
freebird630 will become famous soon enough
Talking Re: What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

I lived in Colorado for 21 years and I fly fished a lot for trout in the rivers and lakes there and I caught a lot of nice rainbow trout, cut's and browns. I moved to Arkansas 10 year ago and bought a bass boat and I have been spin fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish.

Well I recently got the bug to start fly fishing the lakes and streams here for warm water fish and your article was refreshing. I also plan on going north and fishing the white river and little red river for trout occassionly. The deal is I have a large lake adjacent to were I live and several watersheds close by so I also plan on belly boating on them as well.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2012, 12:59 PM
theboz's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pocono Lake , Pennsylvania
Posts: 3,153
theboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond reputetheboz has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: What's Out There to Fly Fish For? - by Dave Whitlock

Mr Whitlock I have been reading your articles for so many years and they still inspire me. Like you I had no trout close by so when most kids caught bluegills as there first fly caught fish I started with bluefish , stripers and flounder. Thanks for many good articles over the years!
__________________
"I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
"There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
" It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
"Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Promises to Wife. JBinUTAH Fly Fishing Humor 11 09-19-2012 01:33 PM
Your best tip for saltwater fly fishing BigCliff Saltwater Fly Fishing 30 01-18-2011 01:27 AM
Welcome, lvs2fsh! Fish Bones Member Introductions 0 05-16-2005 06:27 PM
Which rod? WDRookie Fly Rods 11 02-25-2005 09:44 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.