White River, Arkansas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by John Gulley
Fly Fishing Map of White River, AR
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White River, Arkansas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Caddis pupa, beadhead caddis tan# 14, San Juan worms, Red and Brown. Scuds also called Z Backs are working great right now. Caddis puppa, tan #14. Black hopper's and RubyPupa#18. Be aware of restrictions local and state due to Coronavirus.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
4 / 7 / 2021
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing White River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: Unpredictable, Call 866-494-1993 or 870-431-5311

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mornings

Best stretch: Dam to Wildcat Shoals; Rim Shoals

Best access point: Dam, State Park and Wildcat Shoals public access

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Low water: midges High Water:no fishable hatches, BUT possible shad kill from January thru March due to shad spilling thru generators

Fish species: Brown trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout

Fishing season: January 1 - December 31

Nearest airport: Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) or Little Rock

Person Fishing in a stream

White River Description

The White River is a tailwater stream below a hydro electric dam. The damn has eight generators, and each generator is about a one foot rise when turned on. About 100 miles of trout fishing water. Numerous access points from the dam to Mountain View, Arkansas. Several catch and release areas. Rainbows, browns, brooks, and cutthroat trout are the common targets you'll fly fish for on the White River.

Techniques & Tips

Low water: 9' 6X leader, 4' 6X or 7X tippet below strike indicator. Tie on midge pattern, place a #7 split shot above fly. High stick and set the hook if the indicator hesitates or goes down. High water: 1 generator: Use an 8 wt rod. Tie 10' of 4X tippet to fly line loop. Place strike indicator 2" below loop. Place 3/0 split shot 8' below indicator. Tie fly (san juan worm or egg patter) 14" below split shot. Fish 90 degrees to side of boat, 30' out and drift. Fish whole river bank to bank. On 2 generators use 12' of tippet and put heavier split shot at 10' below strike indicator.

7-Day Forecast

Always call ahead for water generation. Be aware of sudden rising waters. Minimum flow on the White can make wading difficult in some areas, a wading staff helps. Water Generation Predictions call 866-494-1993 Current Water Generation call 870 499 7517 Weather for the week looks like rain with breaks of Sun, Temps mid 50's to low 60's. Yellow Sulphers starting, midges, wd 40

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