Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winter fishing in Arkansas with Jim!


A PS to my earlier report ....
Hi folks,
Just learned that a client and one of the nicest folks and one of the best fly fishers I've run across has become a partner/owner of a rocking fishing shop and guide service on the White River in Arkansas ... Home of the states record Brown Trout ( It might have come from the Little Red, a tributary, close enough) I can't recommend Jim enough .. he knows his stuff and if you've had it with snow head on down!
Here's his site .... www.theozarkflyfisher.com I might see you down there ... the Platte is frozen!
Cheers,
Mitch

End of Season report


Hi folks,
Finally settled down back in the big city ... and yes the Grand Kid is almost as big as some of the trout we caught this season!

We really did have a big fish season.. lot's of fish in that 22" - 25" range.. and a lot of them on dry flies! Good stuff! Maybe the flood, and losing a month of fishing, made the fish a little less spooky??? ..... Maybe more fish ran up from Seminoe Res with the big water?? Maybe my client base is made up of incredibly talented fisher-people??? Nope, I'm sure it's the guide! Regardless..... it was fun to see the nice numbers of big boys!

September was as wonderful as I can remember a September being ... beautiful days and the river bottom was incredibly bright with color and gorgeous. The Tricos lasted a little longer than I like and yes they fish started to get a bit picky ... unless you tossed a Kiwi Beetle in the pod ... why eat a little black&white bug when you can have a big, blue and peacock beetle pattern!

Word must be out as I've booked three trips this week ... weird... early... but happily accepted!

Thank you folks so much for your support. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, holidays and winter!
Stay in touch ... come Feb - Mar we should have a good idea what this springs water should look like ... hope we can fish before mid July this year!

Cheers,
Mitch
Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service 307 710 0848
www.northplattefishing.com

Monday, September 12, 2011

End of Season & Great Fishing!


Hi All,
Can't believe the season's end is on us.... but have we had a great late August - early September. Went out with new friend John and wife Farren (sp?) and had a great day last Tuesday ... Rain, overcast and mayflies! Heads up everywhere.

Terrestrials still doing great ... hoppers, beetles and ants oh my ... some very large fish on hoppers right Bill? 22" Bow in amongst the roots and junk in a back corner of a braid ... perfect Brown water.

My yearly group in from Oklahoma and John did it again ( see attached photo ) broke his previous big fish of his life from last year and broke it twice this year! 23" perfect Bow from the labor day hole ... that place has fished awesome for me now for 30 years! Well done John!

New fly fisher Josh on his first fly fishing float trip got royally screwed ...... landed a huge male Brown ( pic on a cell phone coming to share I hope ) about 23" all colored up, huge jaw, copper, yellows and red spots the size of quarters ...... it will take a while for Josh to top that ... or maybe not???

Al and Rick up tomorrow for their second trip of the year ... should be great as we have a cold front with clouds and rain on the way!

Grand baby George with Great Grand Ma, Grand Ma, Mom and Aunt showing up this weekend .... he's only 5 months old but I'll have him throwing 50ft with hoppers by the end of the weekend!

65ers show up the last week of Sept - early Oct to shut us down.... a quick but excellent year!
I'll be around till the 9th of October ... so if you're up, need a report or a float give a shout!
Cheers,
Mitch 307 710 0848
www.northplattefishing.com

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Hey boys and girls,
Well and truly into the summer now .. finally! Have to say it's been a very cool August, some mornings you'll see your breath and sleeping has been very comfortable ... not to mention the fishing has been good to superb!

Everything is still working ... nymphs, streamers, streamers with a nymph dropped off of it and as of the 14th the fish, for us, were looking up for big bugs. New friends from FL. Carl and Diane fished with me for four days and on the last day we committed to hoppers ... we had a great day, pulling some very large fish on top! About flipping time! Pretty good on the 19 - 21rst as well.

Funny story about the "hopper" fishing ..... so I share with a guide friend that the lower is on fire on top ... keep it between us for at least a little while... yeah right! So I hear a little later the info has been shared with a couple of 20 something guides in town. ( the twenty something will come into play later in this post)

So immediately one or both of the kid guides say I'm full of s--t . Now I would take exception to somebody saying I'm full of s--t except ... well ... ok .... I"ve been known to ... well ... be ... well yes ... full of s--t!! Deb says it's one of my more endearing qualities!

So anyway the reason I'm full of s--t is because the fish are not on hoppers .... dummy ... they're on Golden Stones of course. Well yes youngsters the fish very well could be eating the hopper pattern as Stoneflies .... or a giant beetle ... or a dragon fly ... or a mouse ... a Caterpillar, a baby muskrat or maybe even.. eh gads.... a hopper. The kids were very smug thinking that they, and not me, knew about the strange lower river hatch of summer stones we have.

About thirty years ago, before said youngsters were born, we used to call this the " half-back hatch" Back in the day the half-back was one of the go to nymphs to use when the big bugs were moving ... we saw all the stonefly husks on the rocks one late July early August and being smart kids we tossed on about a size 10 or 12 half back and slayed them. Even caught a few on top using stone imitations or god forbid a hopper pattern!

So if planning a trip to fish the lower ... if your an old guy bring a hopper pattern and hold on ... if your still waiting for your beard to grow in throw a stone pattern.... or if your really smart ... tie on a size 6 hopper on top and drop a size 10 stone off the back!

Tricos are happening but not in large numbers and we haven't run into any great spinner falls yet .... we'll see how the blue wings fare in a week or so.

I have about three days left open in the season to guide or if you're doing it yourself give a call and as always I'll tell you what we're seeing out there.
Cheers,
Mitch
Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service 307 710 0848

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's on and should stay on!!


Hi Folks,
Finally the last 2 plus weeks the fishing is on .... nymphs but especially streamers. Bugs are hatching but the water is a bit too high for the dry fly lines to open up.
Streamers: try all colors you have, day to day the fishes preferences will change.
Predictions ..... hoppers are a bit behind .... cold weather ... but they are still out there in big numbers ... look to end of next week or mid August for these bugs to start hitting the water in earnest!
Be careful if floating the river on your own. I floated the lower section a couple of days last week and there's one sunk Hyde drift boat in the middle of the river and a cracked up raft in a log jam. The river is still big, with big new sand bars that make the entry chutes into runs... smaller with a quicker current and little room to maneuver ..... especially watch the bridge across from Hacks in town ... the current is quick and pushes you hard into the bridge abutments ...... had a close call there myself! ..... ahhhh but years of drinking good whiskey and the reflexes of a young cat saw me though!
As always for up to the minute reports give a call ... in the evening ...... I'm on the river otherwise!
Cheers,
Mitch
www.northplattefishing.com 307 710 0848

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Loooong Spring!! Dang it!


Hey all,

Yes it's the Tuesday after the forth of July ... and yes we're still at flood stage in town!

We've had a couple of decent days on the upper river, 6 mile to Bennett, but overall it's been slow due to the water chugging up and down, and the rain won't stop. We were supposed to be out of flood stage today but due to the rain that fell last night, and will continue to fall all this week the rivers will be coming back up. As of this am the river had dropped about 4-5 inches but will bounce back up with the rain.

It's not all gloom and doom ... My folks from EDI were back out for their annual trip. Highlights ... we'll they are all good guys, we had two good trips on the upper river, Shugs chicken shack put on and awesome meal, some character was mooning the river and Pat caught a 22 - 24" Tiger trout! As soon as son Kyle gets me the pic I'll post in on my blog.... it was a very cool fish!

Looking forward .... do to the inconsistency of the water I just canceled the 65ers trip for this week ... with a break from the weather I'm thinking this river will drop nicely and we'll be all go the end of this week, beginning of next.... the river wants to drop and fish!

I'm thinking August might be the best of the season with our water and the hopper plague .... early mornings, big flies and big fish.

For instant water updates give a holler ..... 307 710 0848 or 303 298 0848

Hope you all had a great 4th!

Cheers,
Mitch
Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fishing Finally here !!!


Hey Folks,

Well, finally its time! Yes the river is high, yes Fish and Game won't let you get on the lower river but .... the clarity is great and the Salmon Flies are on the upper. And it doesn't look like the Guest House will be floating away .... only because of the superior efforts of the town, National Guard, Forest Service and the honor farm at the State pen.
I wanted to float Bennett tomorrow but my clients were a bit shy of the big water... can't blame them, so it's off to do a bit of lake fishing. I'll get on the river when my friends from EDI show up! I know Pat and Kyle love big water!!
Really not much to report at this time, fish are eating Caddis right out front.... about a foot from the fence ..... A bottle of fine wine to my first client to have a drink in one hand, their rod in the other and catch a fish from the sand bags!! Oh Yes .... it will be done!

Hope you all are having a great spring early summer! Early this week we had two frosts in town!! But summer finally seems to be here to stay.

Cheers,
Mitch
Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service 307 710 0848
www.northplattefishing.com

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hi folks,

Hope everyone has enjoyed a great winter, so far, and that you're looking forward to spring. 70 degrees the last couple of days in the front range of Colorado, spring can't be too far away.

Quick re cap on last year ... Flooded in the spring, but.... the water dropped like a rock and we were fishing by the 3rd week in June. Fishing was really nice up til the last of July when is got hot and still for a few weeks. AM fishing only.

The rains started the beginning of August and the rest of the season was about as good as I can remember it.... especially for dry fly fishing! Most of my clients didn't touch a nymph or streamer rod for the rest of the season.The floating was great til the end on the lower river.

We had a great hopper hatch this year and the fish were looking for them. The Blue Wings were numerous and lasted a long time with pods of fish all over them. More better than 2009 when the tricos wouldn't leave and the fish by the end of August had their PHDs in fishermen! It's predicted to be another good hopper season this year as well! Love it!

2010 was great ... so how about this year?? We have a ton of snow in the hills and we're entering what is traditionally our snowiest months. The truth of it is.... you can never really know at this point. If like last year it snows and stays cold right up to June then turns warm with rain ... well, we'll probably have a big run off.. hopefully not like last year! Sand Bags are heavy!

I had one group last year that went through a frenzy of re booking because they thought a drought was on the way. Predictions made in February or March really don't work. I'll keep you in touch via my report/blog. Hope for a number of warm spells in April and May with it getting cold right after the warm spells. Let that snow come off slowly and in spurts. Of course then we'll have a mild run off we'll be worrying about low water and praying for rain!!!! Can't win! Pick a date and go fish! Our fishing calander on the site gives dates and what to expect. Or just call and ask how the fishing is! You really can't go too far wrong 3rd week of June - October.

I won't be booking any trips in April - May this year as I have some business that has to be attended to. I'll be in WY Friday - Monday then back to the front range of Colorado Tues - Thurs during this time. Come June it will be all on for the fishing!!

Any thoughts, questions or crap you need to give me... just yell! Be gentle with my though .... I'll be a grand pa come April 9th! Deb and I are excited and having a ball going through all the changes with the eldest daughter and her husband. It's a neat deal as a lot of you already know! Can't wait to get a fly rod in the munchkins hands!

Cheers,
Mitch
Harrison's Guest House & Guide Service
www.northplattefishing.com ; 303 298 0848 Also in the summer: 307 710 0848