Larry Babin’s Hogs on the Fly Guide Service
- Mountain Home, Arkansas 72653
- Vendor Type: Guides
- Fishing Type: Freshwater
- Fishing Style: Fly Fishing
- Targets: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout
- Amenities: Gear, killer flies, leader, tippet, lunch (for full day trips), and cold drinks.
- Phone: (870) 321-2792
- Website: www.hogsonthefly.com
Based in Cotter, Arkansas, Hogs on the Fly specializes in guided fly fishing on two of the most underrated trophy trout, blue ribbon, tailwaters in the country: the White River below Bull Shoals Dam and the Norfork tailwater. Both river systems are loaded with an abundance of four species of trout including trophy browns, rainbows, cutthroats, and brook trout. Our specialty begins with providing a stellar experience followed by a meticulously planned approach on fishing these ever-changing ecosystems. HOTF focuses on multiple techniques based upon river conditions and seasons.
Raised in a “Sportsman’s Paradise” or Southern Louisiana, Larry grew up surrounded by some of the best salt and freshwater fishing in the country. Redfish and specks were his fish of choice, but he found that bass and panfish would also give him a pretty good tug. His job history first took off in the corporate world, putting his “big boy pants” on one leg at a time. Wheels were set in motion to bring Larry back to his roots and true calling in life. Larry began fly fishing in 1994 fishing for a species known as “the fish of a thousand casts”, the musky. Persistence paid off, and he became very proficient at finding this wild and toothy critter.
Larry also found that trout were more than willing to eat a fly and soon enrolled in the guide school at Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge. Larry has guided for a number of resorts, fellow guides, and own his own for the past five years where he calls Mountain Home, AR home. Larry is an outstanding guide with more tricks up his sleeve than David Copperfield, the patience of Job, and a work ethic to boot. A guided trip on the river with Larry is specifically curtailed to the needs and wants of the client. Larry’s abitlity to put multiple game plans in place ensures that the client is provided with a first class experience on the White River tailwater bellow Bull Shoals Dam, the Norfork tailwater, or smallmouth fishing on Crooked Creek. Whichever the case, Larry’s main goal is to provide a safe, educational, and most of all EXCITING day on the water. We are fortunate to have a year-round fishery which offers a diverse range of opportunities to land trophy trout so stay tuned with Hogs on the Fly for updated river and fishing reports.
Great, GREAT DAY
I am new to fishing and went with my son, who is an avid fisherman. Our trip was MORE than I was expecting! Our guide, Larry Babin of Hogs on the Fly, was ever the helpful and skilled guide for me. Our trip was MOST enjoyable and exceeded my expectations...see complete review
Trophy trout fly fishers come to the White River basin with the hopes and dreams of setting the hook into one of the river’s legendary brown trout. Unlike a freestone fishery, there are many variables that confront these tailwaters but the White and Norfork Rivers still produce incredible numbers of brown trout in the seven to twenty-pound range – and bigger ones than twenty-pounds are caught every year. Although it is fun to contemplate the experience of fishing for these hogs in the Ozarks, without careful planning and diligent research, the odds of being successful in this pursuit are virtually zero. The trout that do manage to get big here are extremely well-adapted creatures that have learned to avoid anything related to humans whenever possible. This means that it pays to know the habits of these fish and it is a good idea to understand how each flow dynamic affects the behavior of the big browns – there is an ‘art’ to being at the right place at the right time on the White.
The challenge and fun of fly fishing makes hunting big fish the perfect endeavor for the serious sportsman. There may be easier ways to target large trout, but a fly rod is a very versatile weapon in the right hands. Big fish often eat big meals, so heavy rods (six to nine-weight) are suggested when casting large flies with the hopes of hooking into a submarine. That’s not to say a 26″+ brown won’t eat a well placed hopper along the banks during steady flows.
Chasing trophy trout is quite different than just trying to catch lots of fish with the hope of hooking into a nice one; be sure that you are fully aware of the sacrifices that go into hunting the mammoth browns of the White River. If it’s numbers you’re after, that won’t be a problem. With over 5,000 fish per mile and over 70 miles to choose from, we can make that happen.