Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fly Fishing Streams in Mississippi


I use to fish sparingly with the fly rod back during my early days in Mississippi. I was too busy fishing my bait casting combo for largemouth bass mostly from my small aluminum boat. Little did I know that when I lived there that there were 100’s of small streams in the state that was a fly fisherman's dream. This fact really hit home the other day when I was reading the Outdoor Sports section of the Clarion Ledger the largest newspaper in Mississippi. Rex Jones a documentary film maker at Ole Miss had put together a fantastic piece on fly fishing streams in Mississippi. The documentary features David Frazier an avid warm water fly fisherman who has fished some of the best streams in the state for bluegill, spotted bass and largemouth bass. After watching the video, I discovered I missed out on some great stream fishing using the fly rod in Mississippi when I lived there. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I did; it is worth the watch.
 
 
 

28 comments:

Jay said...

Bill, thanks for sharing. Very cool to see a video about fly fishing in MS. Kelly and I fished the Strong River near D'Lo a bunch and the Bowie River near Hattiesburg, but never the Chunky River... although we've driven over it quite a few times. It was a nice video, but you would think he would have caught at least one sunfish for the camera... and where were the poppers? Anybody who doesn't use poppers for bass and bream is really missing out.

cofisher said...

Bill,
Thanks for posting this. It was thoroughly enjoyable even for a western trout fisherman! That river is beautiful and looks as good as anything I've seen anywhere.

Bill Trussell said...

Jay
He did say at the end of the clip that it really didn't brother him, that he came up short as far as landing a fish. I think he was trying to convey to the viewer one can enjoy the trip and the surroundings without landing a fish. I agree I always want to land at least one fish, but I have been on numerous trips where the fish in not to be had. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
That river is beautiful and seems to have a lot of room for the back cast. Fishing a small stream or a river is one of my goals for the coming year---glad you enjoyed the video---Thanks for the comment

Blake said...

thanks for the link, sounds like its time for a road trip back there

Kevin Frank said...

Thanks for sharing this. You probably have more knowledge of great places to fish because you lived there. You'll have to plan a trip back some time.

Bill Trussell said...

Blake
My stream fishing will have to be done in Alabama, but it is always good to see some great fishing trips from the state I was born in. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
The only time I go back is to crappie fish with my brother; the video brought back some fond memories. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

Wonderful.
The man says it all.
Thanks.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I have to agree this is a fantastic video!!!

riverwalker34 said...

You never know what the waters will hold, especially when you pull something out as people look bewildered as a fly fisherman is plucking fish out of a nasty little neighborhood pond. I've been to MS a few times and hadn't thought much about fly fishing there but I'll fish anything. With that aluminum boat, you coulda been snatching bass anywhere!

Bill Trussell said...

Josh
The only place I fished with the aluminum boat was on small lakes in Mississippi. What makes me sick is I had some fantastic streams near where I lived but never fished them with the fly. I wish I had fished the fly rod more when I was younger, now that I am in my 60's I cherish every moment I get to fish the fly anywhere now. Thanks for the comment

Ty said...

Great video Bill. Love those warmwater streams.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
This video proves that one doesn't have to land a fish to experience a good day on the water. Thanks for the comment

Unknown said...

Bill,

I'm the producer of SIZE DON'T MATTER. Thanks for watching, commenting, and linking!

Good fishing to you,

Rex
olemissmedia.com

Bill Trussell said...

Rex
Thanks to you for putting this video together for all us fly fishermen to enjoy. David is one lucky guy to have those streams to fish. Go Rebels---BEAT PITT!!!!

David Frazier said...

Bill
I had a blast filming with Rex . It was a long cold day the River would rise and drop every so often , but we got it done. I thank you fir posting the video

David Frazier said...

Jay
I do use poppers on occassions . That was not a day they would work very well , no sun light and it was a cold rainy day in November. I used bugs that have produced in the past. The fly gods just didnt want it to happen.....Thanks for watching the video.... David

Bill Trussell said...

Hi David
You are welcome, I am always glad to post any video that involves fishing streams with the fly rod. My wife and I were born and raised in Mississippi. The state still has a special place in our hearts. Thanks for the comment

David Frazier said...

Bill
I want to thank you for posting the video. I qlso thank everyone for watching and am very happy that everone enjoyed it. Yes i do wish i would have brought a gonzo fish to hand , and i am sorry for that . It was a great day though , even if there were fish it helped relax my nerves , the following saturday Nov10 I married my beautifull new wife Renee , without her support and that of great friends i couldnt have done the video.......
Thank You All David Frazier

David Frazier said...

Look forward to meeting you some day..

David Frazier said...

Bill I look forward to meeting you someday..

jerremy said...

My name is Jerremy,
Real nice video and a very nice looking stream. I found this video in search of places to fly fish in Mississippi. My type of work has brought me to meridian, ms. Very close to the chunky river. Thanks for the video. Hope to see you out there sometime David. I will be making my first trip there this weekend.

Bill Trussell said...

Hi Jeremy
Glad you enjoyed the video and I hope you land a bunch this weekend. Thanks for the comment

jerremy said...

I spent around 5 hours on the chunky river today at dunns falls and it was everything the video made it out to be. Caught a few long ear sunfish, some bream and one smallie. Felt like I had the whole place to my self. I will definitely be goin back soon.

Bill Trussell said...

Jerrmey
Glad you was able to connect with some gills and smallies. thanks for the comment

Fr. A. said...

I have not fished the Chunky but many of the formerly great feeder streams to it are now literally filled with sand. Is there anything being done to remedy this. I used to enjoy Tallashua and some of its feeders but they are now almost un-fishable.

Bill Trussell said...

Fr.
Many of the streams are unfishable now that the big timber companies have come in and cut timber into the creeks; thus causing the creeks to wash out of their banks and leaving nothing but sand bottoms in a lot of the creeks. Really a shame that this has happened, I guess that is the prize we pay for big timber companies taking over a lot of the land. thanks for the comment