“To me, Pushepatapa Creek, west of Varnado, is the finest jewel in Louisiana’s Scenic Rivers System. It also hosts some of the largest fly-fishable spotted bass in our state. I know!” – the late Pete Cooper, one of the “founding fathers” of fly fishing in LA.
This Saturday, September 7th, we will be making our annual trip to fish Pushepatapa Creek. Stay tuned for more details later in the week. We will most likely meet near the creek to discuss tactics over breakfast. Check emails and FaceBook for updates. Everyone is welcome!
I’ve included a map with 3 potential walk in spots. Walk in #1 is at the bridge S of Varnado on highway 21. The #2 bridge is on Dollar Rd, and the most upstream walk in is at the bridge on Parish Rd. 6. Walk in #3 is where we fished last summer.
There are some steep banks and slippery spots, so you need to watch your step. The creek is usually clear and shallow (knee deep) for the most part, but there are some deep holes. Last year I found one that was up to my shoulders. I caught a small spotted bass and a pretty long ear sunfish near a submerged log here last summer under sub-optimal conditions. The dry weather we will experience this week should make for superb clear water wade fishing. It will be hot, and the water will help keep us cool.
I suggest using 5 weight or lighter fly rods, and I’ll be going with a 3 or 4 weight. Small popper, nymph, leggy spider, and wooly bugger patterns should work well. The creek is small, so casts will be short and there is often not much room for a back cast. Roll casting is a useful technique here.
In addition, I suggest bringing a pair of wading shoes or old sneakers for wading. Light weight and light colored sun protective clothing, hat, polarized sunglasses, insect repellant, plenty of water and snacks/food in case you get hungry will cover most of the other things you may need.
Here is a good descriptive link from LA Sportsman:
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