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    I have been a warm water fly fisherman up to now, but I only live 45 minutes away from the Little Red River in Heber Springs Arkansas. I am clueless about trout fishing there, I know people use "scuds" but that is about all, I don't know how to cast them etc....ANY help will be greatly appreciated!


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    Scuds are a type of nymph, and are usually fished as you would most nymphs by dead drifting on or near the bottom. They work well on the Little Red, but then so do plenty of other nymphs. The scud, not the fly imitating it, is a rather small arthropod that looks kinda like a sowbug (or in my childhood, a rolly polly bug.)

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    Al_a is right on here...

    In my limited experience on the Little Red, they usually do call them sow bugs and they are very effective. The thing you'll need to get good at for a lot of the good holes on the LR (you may be already, but I've not really needed this skill much in warm water) is roll-casting with some accuracy, i.e. hitting slots where the fish are and maximizing your best drifts with big, slow mends. We fished very long, slooooooow drifts with very subtle takes.

    I went there for my 30th birthday with my dad and brother, and we stayed and fished with a very godly man named Chuck Farneth. He's a great guy and very knowledgable fisherman. Like most trips with a new guide, I learned a lot by shutting my mouth... I'm pretty sure most of my success on the Guad in my home state and the Blue in OK over the last few years can be attributed to the patience and tactics I either learned from Chuck or honed with him.

    Really pretty fish there, though I didn't catch any of great size we had a blast and caught a ton of fish

    "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" - Lee Wulff

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    THANKS!, that helped a lot

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    Flymoron, I live in Heber Springs and up until last year when a new job limited my water time you could find me fishing about 3 times a week. In Montana at the moment but when back home, will send you a PM (private message) and we can plan a trip together.

    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    If you want a guide Jamie Rouse is awesome. My 10yo and myself went with him last week and caught close to 40 on a half day trip.

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