North Louisiana Fly Fishers
Where to Fly Fish Around Here?
"I didn't know you could fly fish around here." We get similar questions and comments all the time. The answer is anywhere that you can fish with a 'regular' rod. Fly fishing has long been associated only with fishing for trout and salmon in coldwater streams. Truth is you can fish with a long rod (another name for a fly rod) in all kinds of water. In fact, a clouser minnow (a type of fly) has been documented to have caught over 80 different species of fish! Below are some fish that you can catch on a fly rod.
Warmwater Fishing
Coldwater Fishing
Saltwater Fishing
Warmwater fishing is the fishing most of us do around the Ark-La-Tex. With an abundance of lakes, ponds, and rivers around the area, there is no shortage of places to fish. These waters are also available to the fly fisher. Bass, sunfish, crappie, catfish, and carp are just a few of the species that can be taken on a fly rod from the local waters. Some of the most fun you can ever have is catching a big bluegill on a lightweight fly rod.
The nearest coldwater fishery, thanks to I-49, is only about two hours away. The Little Missouri river at Murfreesboro, AR is considered our coldwater home waters. We have an annual club outing to the "Little Mo'" to target rainbow and brown trout. This is a stocked river as the temps during the summer get too warm to sustain trout. However, the Lower Mountain Fork river at Broken Bow, OK is a year-round fishery and again, thanks to I-49 is only about two and a half hours away. Both of these trout fisheries are within a day's travel.
While a little further away, the Louisiana Gulf Coast is less than a 4 hours drive from the Shreveport-Bossier area.  Speckled trout (spotted sea trout), redfish (red drum) and flounder are the main target species. Whether fishing in the surf, off the jetties, wading the shallow flats or fishing the marsh from a kayak, latching into a bull red feels like you've hooked a whale! And speckled trout thrash about just like their coldwater counterparts.