Little Red River, Arkansas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Little Red River, Arkansas Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Do not touch your face or lick door knobs. Do wash your hands A LOT. All kidding aside, bring lots of caddis.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
5 / 14 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Little Red River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Rouse Fly Fishing

Water flow: medium high

Visibility: 42 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Depends on water level and generation.

Best stretch: Check with dam 501-362-5150 to see when releases have started and ended. This will be a deciding factor on what the best stretch will be.

Best access point: See above. JFK Park, Cow Shoals, Winkley Shoals, Libby Shoals, Pangburn Bridge.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

caddis mayfly variety hopper

Fish species: Brown trout, rainbow trout

Fishing season: January 1 - December 31

Nearest airport: Heber Springs, AR (small aircraft) Little Rock, AR (commercial)

Little Red River Description

The Little Red River runs through the gateway of the Ozarks near Heber Springs, Arkansas. It is a tailwater. The dam creates a massive lake, Greers Ferry. Below Greers Ferry Dam you will find some of the country’s best trout fishing. The Little Red rolls along 82 miles before it meets up with the White River. Roughly 45 miles of this are considered quality trout water. The river is full of a healthy population ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing and streamers have both been very productive depending on water situation. There are currently a lot of caddis and a few march browns still coming off. The emerger bite has been dynamite with occasional dry fly opportunities.

7-Day Forecast

After the recent rains we are receiving daily generation. I would expect this to continue. ***Covid-19 Update: Arkansas rivers, boat ramps and public access points are still open. We do have restrictions. State parks are closed for camping and there is no recreational out of state lodging. On May 5, the Governor is revisiting these restrictions and may lift the nightly recreational lodging.


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