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White River Arkansas Fishing Report

Say No To Bobbers – It’s Streamer Time & The Hunt For Big Browns!

Say No To Bobbers – It’s Streamer Time & The Hunt For Big Browns!

Many methods of fly fishing to choose from here on the White River and of late the discussion of which method is best on a given day. My take on it is you got to pick the method best suited to the conditions you have that day to find a Big Brown trout! When hunting for Big Browns there is always a risk that it doesn't all work out. As a fishing guide I hate to see my clients not catch fish but would catching a bunch of stocked rainbows really make it better? Hell no!! If Big Browns are the goal for the trip you stick to the best plan for catching them and not waste half the day targeting Rainbows. Can lead to landing that awesome Brown Trout late in the day when not fearing getting shut out! Currently it seems like the rain wont stop for more than a few days and high water is here forever - this means we strip big streamers!  Earlier in the week Bull Shoals Dam was run mostly 6 generators and about 17k cfs. Late in the week flood gates came on and flows rose to around 21k cfs. The next…

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Streamer Time Is Here On The White River!

Streamer Time Is Here On The White River!

I have spent the last 10 days on the White River and will be here thru March doing guided float trips. So far the streamer fishing has been pretty good with lots of water in the river. Late last week the river got very stable with water level around 13-16k cfs around the clock. Some flow changes can create an excellent streamer bite but extreme flow changes typically does not help. Early this week Shawn hit this beautiful Big Brown stripping a jointed Great Lakes Deceivers! We taped this one at 27"! After another rain storm with a little ice mixed came thru this week and the White River is up even more now. Currently power generation is at 16k conduit release is at 7k which makes river flowing at 23k cfs. This is big streamer water you need the heavy sink tips. My favorite is Airflo Streamer Max Shovelhead 330 grain on a 8 or 9wt. In these heavy flows it's time to search out the shallower parts of the river. Flooded lawns are ideal! You just never know when it will happen on the White River! Last week one day the streamer was a bit slow and the…

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Our Plans Are All Set For This Winter On The White River

Our Plans Are All Set For This Winter On The White River

Currently lots of water in the White River System and this will be ideal for our winter streamer fishing! I will start posting some up to date fishing reports and water conditions.  I will be spending 9 weeks on the White River this winter starting on January 15th thru March 21st. I really look forward to our stay in Arkansas and love guiding & fishing the White River.  Stripping streamers and hunting for a Big Brown like this one! Will be bringing lots of new gear and flies. Got a few new patterns to try out this winter. Will have a bunch of the new Winston streamer rods and the Alpha+ series is just made for the White River. Just like the past two winter's we will be staying at the White River Trout Lodge. We still have some open dates for guided float trips and lodging/meals. We can handle groups up to 12 people and do have packages available for multi day trips with lodging and meals. For those just looking for a day trip we have plenty of guides open throughout our stay. Currently we have these open slots at the lodge: January 18th thru 22nd, Jan 28th…

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New Winston Streamer Rod Is Here – Alpha+

New Winston Streamer Rod Is Here – Alpha+

Winston Alpha+ Fly Rod 9′ 8wt 280-330gr An amazingly light, crisp and balanced eight weight that is one of our go-to streamer rods for trout, steelhead, and Atlantic Salmon. From Michigan to Arkansas, this is the rod we most often put in a client’s hand when pursuing big fish. Highest performance boron/graphite composite materials Exceptionally powerful, capable of generating high line speeds Designed to cast big flies, over-sized lines, shooting heads and sinking tips Extra reinforced ferrules for ultimate lifting power Designated grain windows for each rod model Designed and Handcrafted in Twin Bridges, MT Can be purchased online at: https://michigan-streamside.com/product/winston-alpha-fly-rod-9-8-wt-280-330gr/

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