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Little Red River Sponsored by
Date 13-Jul-17
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Conditions : Little Red River: Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said July has arrived on the Little Red with the sun beating down. Drift-fishing in the morning is comfortable until about noon, then the heat begins to get uncomfortable. A little wet wading break sometimes helps the midafternoon heat. The generation remains on a 12-hour basis starting at about 9 a.m. On Monday the generation changed to a longer schedule with only one generator running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., then both operating till 1 a.m. This was caused by a mechanical problem and has been corrected. Water releases will return to the 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule today. This is to remain the same until the lake reaches its normal level of 462.54 feet msl. Greg says the bite remains good and the fish are in good shape due to the generation providing cold water during the heat of the day. Greg’s fly-fishers continue to catch rainbows and browns on small midge pupas and size 16 mayfly nymphs. Clear water is making the presentation and smaller tippet more important.

James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Co. said the fishing has been excellent this week. The Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing water for 12-15 hours each day, providing great drift-fishing from the boat in the falling water. The hot flies have been sowbugs, pheasant tails and egg patterns.

Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said they continue to receive 12 hours of daily generation on the Little Red River with generation beginning around midmorning. This generation schedule is providing excellent wading conditions on the upper sections of the river in the mornings and on the middle and lower sections later in the day. This generation schedule is also providing excellent drift-fishing on all sections. For fly-fishing, Lowell recommends sowbugs, midges, emergers and streamers. Red and hot pink-colored Trout Magnet bodies on chartreuse heads are recommended for spin fishing. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501-362-5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule.

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About: - Little Red River: One of the most popular blue ribbon fishing and floating streams in Arkansas, the lower Little Red River are the tailwaters of Greers Ferry Dam near the town of Heber Springs. The Little Red eventually merges with the White River at the Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area just east of Searcy. The Ozark scenery is outstanding, and can offset one of those rare occasions when the fish aren't biting. The river is regularly stocked and for the most part fishes well all year round. In the cooler winter months larger browns tend to be more active.

The all-tackle, world record brown (40 pounds, 4 ounces) was caught in May 1992 in the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Lake by H. “Rip” Collins.

Access: The Corps of Engineers public ramp is located the north bank, next to the Federal Fish Hatchery, may be the easiest access to the upper portion of the river. Other public access points on the middle and lower stretches of the river. maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, include Barnett (Winkley Bridge), Lobo (adjacent to Lobo Landing Trout Dock, Dripping Springs, and Ramsey. Four commercial boat docks also offer launch ramps.

Please note most of the land bordering the river is privately-owned and is posted.

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