James Dillard, Tailwater Fishing

Everything is provided with this Greer's Ferry Lake guide

By Michael Roberts

Q: What target species does your guide offering focus on?
A: We focus on rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout.

Q: What regions or bodies of water do you fish? 
A: Primarily the Little Red River below the Greer’s Ferry Dam, but I occasionally guide on the White and Norfork Rivers as well. 

Q: Have you been a guide elsewhere, on other bodies of water?
A: Yes, I have guided on the Kenai and Russian Rivers on the Kenai Peninsula near Cooper Landing, Alaska.

Q: What is it that is unique about your guide offering?
A: I am a full service guide. If my clients need to figure out where to stay on the river while they are here, I help them book a cabin. When it comes to our day of fishing, no equipment or experience is necessary. I provide all rods, reels, flies and other things needed for a successful day. On full day trips I provide lunch, drinks and snacks for everyone, and on half-day trips I provide drinks and snacks as well. 

Q: How long have you guided professionally?
A: Since 2010.

Q: What is your favorite style of fishing? 
A: Fly Fishing

Q: What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
A: I caught a 65-pound king salmon on the Kenai River in Alaska while fishing for silver salmon. It took about 30 minutes to bring in on 15-pound line. 

Q: What piece of equipment could you not live without as a guide?
A: Sunglasses. It’s amazing what you can see from the boat with them on. 

Q: Do you have a particular brand of boat you prefer? How about rod and reel?
A: I guide out of a Supreme L48XP—it’s a great boat built in Midway. Sage rod and reels are my favorite. 

Q: Who taught you the most to prepare you to be a professional guide?
A: My dad was the one who first took me fishing on the Little Red River when I was only 4 or 5, so I owe a lot to him. In my professional career my good friend, Jeff Smith, the creator of the Trout Magnet, helped me get into guiding.

To set up your all-inclusive fishing trip with James, call 501-207-1770 or visit tailwaterfishing.com.