Fishing Report October 18,2023

SWPA, The South West Power Administration has not been running water for the past several days and the river is extremely low. Let’s hope we get some rain fall. The best bite has been early mornings or after they generate some water. With the lack of generation the fish have been concentrated in the deeper water. The shallow water has the fish on edge so try to make longer casts. While wade fishing try to walk in a stealthy manor not to spook the fish.

Try fishing the deeper stretches along the moss beds. The fish have been in the deeper lanes look for the deeper spots beside the moss and cast to those areas. With no moving water the river is like fishing a pond. While fishing out of the boat I have been having people cast in a spot let it fish for a moment, if no strike, cast five feet further and keep working the area as I row down the river covering water.

The fish have been hitting the flies softly so set on any thing that resembles a hit. Eggs, and Midge’s have been the hot flies for me of lately. A San Juan worm has also been producing. Try giving the San Juan worms a little action by giving it a little flicker with the tip of your rod every now and then. That little bit of movement from the flicker of the rod will produce a strike in water that has no movement.

Fishing Report October 11, 2023

SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running an hour or two in the afternoon usually on the weekends they have not been running. Always check the SWPA for the generation schedule. With the low flows we are having, the best fishing has been early mornings while there’s still flow from the water released from the night before. Try fishing where there’s still current or hit the deep holes below shoals.

The deep water has been fishing good alongside the moss beds. Anything buggy like Pheasant tail soft hackles or Guides Choice Hare’s ears have been good. Midge’s have been working exceptionally well when used as a dropper off a pheasant tail or any soft hackle. Egg patterns and San Juan worms are also on the menu and have been produced.

Fishing Report October 5, 2023

The SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running water most days starting sometime late in the afternoon and usually running for an hour or two. Then there’s days when they don’t run anything at all. I’d expect to see the same generation schedule unless it gets hot again but I think Fall has finally settled in. The bite has been best on the days when they run water the previous night.

Start fishing early while there’s still some flowing water falling out from the previous night’s generation schedule .With the low flows try fishing anywhere there’s still some current the fish will be in the oxygenated shoals and in the deep holes below the shoals. The deep slow moving pools have been holding fish especially if there’s a bunch of moss beds in the area. Set your indicator deep and fish the deep slow sections that most people float through.

The patterns I’ve been fishing the most have been Peach or Apricot egg patterns. Anything buggy, Pheasant tail soft hackles or Guide Choice Hare’s ears. And Midge’s. Lately I’ve been running two rods. One of the rods is set up with either a single egg pattern or a San Juan Worm. The other rod is set up with a double nymph rig and has a buggy pattern as the top fly and 16 inches below it I have a midge dropper.

Fishing Report September 28,2023

The generation schedule has been fairly consistent for awhile now that the temperatures started to fall. Usually running just an hour or two and starting late in the afternoon. Or they didn’t generate at all for the day. We didn’t get much water running through the turbines last week and had low flows. But this week the forecast has 90′ degree day time temps forecasted throughout the week and no rain. I’d expect to see them running a little bit more water as the day time temperatures rise. Or at least hope they run more water. The fishing is always better when they have a consistent generation schedule and good flows.
The water temperatures around Dripping Springs access and further down river warm up when they don’t run much water the fish start to get stressed out when this happens and the bite goes way down. Be mindful as your fishing as the temperature starts to rise. Starting early in the morning while we have good flows and the water is dropping out has been the best bite.
I’ve been fishing the deeper sections of the river when we have low flows or no generation for the day. When the sun gets at its peak I start concentrating around the deeper water by the moss beds. Or anywhere there is some flow. We’ve been mostly drift fishing a nymph rig usually with a small Pheasant tail soft hackle and a midge dropper.
For beginners I’ve been starting them out by running egg patterns or a San Juan worm or just a single fly underneath an indicator. The best flies for me at the moment have been small buggy patterns, Pheasant tail nymph’s or Hare’s ear nymph’s. Root beer Midge’s, peach eggs and Pink San Juan worms.
There’s been a lot of pressure on certain sections of the river because of the low flows from both Wade fisherman and boat fisherman. Try mixing it up and throwing different fly patterns or adjusting the size of fly or down sizing your tippet if the bite gets tough while we experience the low flows.

Fishing Report August 24,2023

SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running a consistent generation schedule this week. They have been running 2 unit’s of water starting at 1 pm and running till 8 pm. With the hot weather we are having to try not to over play the fish, land them quickly and get them back in the water as soon as possible.

Try fishing the oxygenated shoals and the plunge pools right below them or work the deep water around the moss beds. As the water falls out, hit anywhere there’s moving water or start fishing the deep holes.

The best bite has been early mornings while fishing the falling water. I’ve been drift fishing out of the boat running Pheasant tail soft hackles and Guide Choice Hare’s ears. As the water falls out and the bite starts to get tough with temperatures reaching a 100 degrees I’ve been putting on a midge dropper. Another fly that has been good is a pink San Juan worm. Or an egg.
The streamer bite has been good lately with the current generation schedule. I’ve been fishing the dam in the evenings after the fish get acclimated to the 2 unit water coming out of the dam. I’ve been using an #8 weight rod with 330 sink lines to get down. Brown & Yellow Double Deceiver’s, or White & Chartreuse have been my best color choices.

Rich Arnold from Ida Louisiana, was drift fishing a Pheasant tail soft hackle alongside the moss beds in the deep water when this guy decided to take his fly. The fish wanted to get back in the moss, Rich managed to pull this fish out of the moss beds and get him in the boat. Congratulations my friend you did an excellent job playing this beautiful Little Red River brown trout.

Fishing Report August 16,2023

SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running two units usually starting at 3 pm and running till 7 pm or 9 pm. A consistent generation schedule is good for the fish and the early morning bite has been great fishing the falling water. Always check the USACE Little Rock app before heading out. The current generation schedule has opened up the entire river for wade fishing.

Start on the upper portion by JFK or Swinging Bridge in the morning then head down river in the evening as the water falls out. I’ve been fishing out of the boat and hitting the deep water around the moss beds with small Pheasant tail soft hackles and Guide Choice Hare’s ears, midge’s have been working good as well. Also try fishing anywhere there’s moving water as the water falls out.

Fishing Report August 1, 2023

SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running a consistent generation schedule for the past few weeks. I’d expect the same generation schedule to continue as long as it remains hot outside. The dam’s generators are usually being turned on around 1pm to 2pm and they have been running two units for 5 to 6 hours. Always check the USACE Little Rock app before heading out. The current generation schedule has opened up a lot of river for wade fishing.

With the hot weather we are experiencing, try to quickly land the fish and get them back into the water as soon as possible. Try fishing the deep holes around the moss beds and the oxygenated shoals and plunge pools below the shoals. The bite has been good, especially early morning and evenings. The hot flies for me are small Pheasant tail soft hackles, Guides Choice Hare’s ears, Pink San Juan worms and Root beer midge’s.

Fishing Report July 27, 2023

The SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running a consistent generation schedule for a while now. They have been starting the generation around 2pm to 3pm and running two units for several hours usually stopping around 7pm to 9pm. Always check the USACE Little Rock app before heading out.

With the temperatures in the 90’s and heat index around the 100’s I’d expect to see the same generation schedule to continue until it starts to cool down a bit. With the hot weather try not to over play the fish and get them back in the water quickly.

Try fishing in the deep holes around the moss beds and in the oxygenated shoals. The fishing has been good considering the hot weather we are experiencing. The best bite has been early morning and late evening before the sun goes down.

I’ve been launching the boat mostly out of Dripping Springs access and fishing the falling water, drifting San Juan worms in the morning then switching it up between buggy soft hackle flies and sometimes dropping a midge below the soft hackles. Hot flies for me right now have been small Pheasant tail soft hackles, Guides Choice Hare’s ears and Pink San Juan worms along with Root beer midge’s.

Fishing Report July 19, 2023

SWPA, SouthWest Power Administration has been running a good consistent generation schedule as of lately while we are having hot weather throughout the state. The SWPA has been usually running two units starting around 2pm. I’d expect to see the same generation schedule for a while or until we get some relief with cooler temps. Always check the USACE Little Rock app before heading out.

The bite remains good even in the heat. Best bite has been early morning and late evening. With the temperatures in the 90’s & 100’s try to quickly land the fish and get them back in the water for a quick catch and release. Try fishing the deep holes around the moss beds and the oxygenated shoals and plunge pools. The hot flies for me have been pink San Juan worms. Pheasant tails, Guides Choice Hare’s ear and Root beer midge’s.

Fishing Report July 13,2023

SWPA SouthWest Power Administration has been running a fair amount of water with the current temperatures in the 90’s. SWPA has been usually starting sometime around 3pm in the afternoon and running till 7 pm or later. Always check the USACE Little Rock app before heading out.

With the temperature’s in the 90’s and somewhat low flows during the heat of the day, try not to overplay the fish and quickly release them back to the river. The fishing has been best early mornings and later in the day in the evening. Try fishing the deep holes around the moss beds and the oxygenated shoals and plunge pools.

I’ve been running a nymph rig set between 3ft to 6ft deep depending on the depths of the river and drift fishing Pink San Juan worms, Duracell jigs, and Pheasant tails. If the water completely falls out I’ll put a midge dropper below the pheasant tail or the Duracell jig. The bite has been good on the entire river. I think the SWPA will continue to run the current generation schedule while we have hot day time temperatures and power demand is high.