When we met our guide for the Little Red River, Jamie Rouse of Rouse Fly Fishing, we were experiencing conflicting emotions. It was the last river of our River Ramble adventure in the lower 48 states we were to fish. We were happy we’d made it this far but sad that this part of the adventure was coming to an end.
Like the Norfork, they’d not been generating at the dam, so, the water levels and flow in the river were low. However, Jamie had just the spots for us to explore. We jumped in his boat and headed upstream, fishing around weed beds, trying to lure hiding trout to our flies. He asked us if we wanted the day to be “silly great” and given it was our last guide trip in the lower 48, we said “ABSOLUTELY!” Hence, we started fishing with egg patterns which drew rainbows one after another to the boat. Later, we jigged a bit, and threw streamers and hooked into some nice browns.
As we left the river, we chatted with Jamie on the ride back to our car. He is one of the most knowledgable and fun guides you could ask for. He kept us laughing all day, of course “silly” fishing and having tons of fun. We’ll be back to fish with Jamie in the spring when the river comes back into good shape, but for now, we hope you enjoy our “Guide Talk” with him…. truck style!