We are very lucky to have such great people that are passionate and talented fly fishers and fly tyers at The Ozark Angler. Some wonderful photos from Don Newton. Kent and Don together have made art with these photographs!
A few pointers for taking kids fly fishing that work for me.
1) When do you take a child fly fishing? When they ask to go. There is no magic age when they are ready.
2) Where should I go? Go to a place where the odds are very high of catching fish. (ponds are a great idea)
3) What should I bring? Only the childs fishing rod, flies and any tools you would need on a trip. It's a good idea to have drinks and snacks.
4) How long do we fish? When the child says it's time to leave you need to go. It doesn't matter that the fish are biting. You want this to be fun for them. Once it stops being fun or they get hot or whatever it is time to go.
5) Patience and be calm.
We often get questions about how generation from the dam and when the water will hit our favorite spots on the river. This map was forwarded to me this weekend. I did not make this map, however, it is a good general guide to use for the Little Red River. We hope this helps.
It's that time of year when we start our Winter Fly Tying classes starting in January. Awesome Christmas gift. Our classes fill up extremely fast. First come first serve.
We provide everything!!!! You take home your flies!!!
Monday Jan 12, 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 16
Tuesday Jan 13, 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 17
Wednesday Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18
We will tie on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If there is enough demand we will add a Thursday Class as well. 6 week class. We accept 4 students per class. Classes must be paid for in advance to secure each spot.
You can contact me at Chad@ozarkangler.com to secure your spot or call our Little Rock store at (501)225-6504. We are considering a class in Heber Springs as well. Let us know if you are interested.
The spawn has not really started yet. This cold snap will help it tremendously. I have posted a picture of a redd. Please be on the lookout for these spots on the shoals. Please do not walk through these areas if at all possible. Water levels will be very low over the next few weeks at least.
It is an amazing thing to witness. I posted a video in the blog last year and it is so cool! These fish are very stressed during this time. Please treat these beautiful fish with respect. Try not to foul hook these fish. If you do please break them off. Try not to keep these fish out of the water for too long. Take a quick picture and return them to the water. Enjoy this truly special time in Arkansas!!! Send us your pictures and we will try our best to post them for you!
To tall the great men and women that have served. Thank you for your service! Special recognition to the awesome guys that I get to work with. Thank you for everything you do daily and your service.
Our good friends Duane and Ben on crooked creek! Small mouth fly fishing is so fun!
The fishing on the Little Red River has been really great in the mornings before the heat hits. Also the fishing in late afternoons has been quite good as well. I went to swinging bridge the other day and threw an olive Woolly Bugger and had a blast. Plenty of fish were to be had.
Update on the river. Every day the corp and swpa is releasing water for power purposes. This is awesome for our fishery too. This gives fresh oxygenated water for our trout daily. If the releases were not happening every afternoon the fish would not be as healthy. This keeps the lower part of the river fishing well too. These places are over looked but in my opinion some of the most fun!
Labor day weekend is coming up and the river is in fantastic shape. Come see us and we will take care of you!
So Awesome. Great combo. I pass by it every time I'm coming to work!!!
For everyone coming to Heber Springs for the 4th of July weekend this report is for you. Greers Ferry Lake is about 1-2 inches over where the want the lake. This should be back to normal by Friday. The Corp and Southwest power has been running water starting around noon until 10 pm at night. This is a normal Summer pattern. The demand for power during the summer months will have the corp releasing water daily. This is great news. Keeps fresh water in the river, fish much happier and healthier and water in the river. For those that like to fish higher water you can find it in the lower river in the morning. You can keep fishing the higher water all day long. For those wading fisherman. Start your morning at JFK park, cow shoals or Swinging bridge. You will have low water until noon at the Dam or around 2 pm further down the river. Makes for a great fishing day.
The hatchery will be putting in lots of fish for the weekend. Fishing should be awesome.
Come by either location to find what is working each day.
Hoppers, woolly buggers, zebra midges, sow bugs, big streamers, pheasant tails, copper johns etc...
Be safe and enjoy!
We are starting as of June 1st warm water fly fishing guide trips in and around Little Rock. Fly fishing for bass, bream, carp hybrids etc has really gained steam in the last year or so. I personally do more warm water fly fishing than I do cold water. We are going to start this and try it for the next 2-3 months. We provide everything for you (rod, reel, leader, tippet, flies and lunch). We will be fishing out of a boat so no waders and boots. Bring a pair of sunglasses, fishing license and camera. We can provide casting lessons and instruction for fishing warm water. Cost will be $250. Email me if you are interested. Guide.email@example.com.
The Ozark Angler Guys.
Orivs Sale!!!! This is awesome!
The White River and the Norfork River are now under power pool. Both rivers are running water maybe because they expect rain tonight and want to be ahead of it. The Little Red River is releasing water from the flood gates because of repairs on the power generators. They are releasing the equivalent of around 1 unit that we are used to. The Lake is about 3 inches over power pool. We hope we do not get a ton of rain tonight to mess up things for the weekend. Last night the lakes did not come up at all after the rain from last night. We will keep you updated. If you would like the current information in the Little Red River call our Heber Springs store at 501-362-flys(3597). The southwest power number for the Little Red is of course listing zero units online 24 hours per day.
Bull Shoals Link
The Little Red RIver Link
HEBER SPRINGS, AR. (News release) - The Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District will be taking the Greers Ferry Power Plant offline March 10 through April 24 for necessary repairs.
Throughout the outage, one turbine will continuously release about 300 to 500 cubic feet per second into the Little Red River. A normal low flow release rate is 40 c.f.s. In comparison, a full power release from one turbine is about 3,500 c.f.s.
If rainfall causes the lake to rise above the conservation pool elevation of 462.04 feet, flood control releases will be made using the spillway gates. Release rates are dependent on downstream conditions and generally will not exceed the equivalent of two turbines, about 7,000 c.f.s.
Updated release rates are available by calling (501) 362-5150.
Officials at the Army Corps of Engineers' Greers Ferry Project Office regret any inconvenience this may cause, and asks for the public's cooperation until this operation is complete.
For more information contact the Greers Ferry Project office at (501) 362-2416, or stop by the office near the dam on Highway 25, three miles north of Heber Springs.
Guide trips plus lodging special. We have teamed up with the new Holiday Inn Heber Springs for outstanding specials!
Guide trip for 2 plus one night stay at the Holiday Inn $450.00!!! Regular price for both is $495.00. A guide trip for one and a night stay is $415.00. Regular price $450.00. Half-day trips plus lodging will be $365.00. We can also provide lodging at a discount for several nights for our valued clients. Call us and we can give you more details.
These prices do not include taxes or gratuity. We can’t use these discounts on Holidays. Call us to schedule your trip. We will also schedule the reservation at the Holiday Inn. (501)-362-3597 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to my friend Luke for sharing this with me. Totally awesome. Cheers.