Podcast: Winter Fishing in Shirtsleeves with Jamie Rouse


[Interview starts at 42:53.]

You may not be able to fish without a jacket every day on the famous tailwaters of Arkansas, but it’s always a possibility. A nice change at this time of year. This week, I talk with Jamie Rouse of Rouse Fly Fishing about what kind of conditions he sees during the winter, what tactics and flies he uses, and how to avoid late-spawning fish. Makes me want to head south.

In the Fly Box, we have these questions and tips:

  • What can I do to make the flies I tie float like the ones I buy in the fly shop?
  • Can you recommend any manufacturers of good quality barbless hooks?  (Hint: it starts with an O.)
  • A tip for twisting chenille and hackle together for making a more durable Woolly Bugger.
  • Is it OK to remove a root ball in a river that is causing snags?  
  • Is it OK to remove small trees along the bank to get more back-cast room?
  • Is it OK to shuffle downstream and then fish the chum line you create?
  • Can I get a regional fishing license for multiple states?
  • How do you train a dog to not run in the river and spoil the holes?  Is there any etiquette for fishing with a dog?
  • Is there a reason NOT to put mono weed guards on a fly?
  • Do natural fly-tying materials have a shelf life?
  • Why do you like a sling bag, as opposed to a vest or chest pack?
Jamie Rouse with a beautiful Colorado brown.
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