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Little Red River Sponsored by
Date 09-Aug-18
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Conditions : Little Red River: Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said Heber Springs got about an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday night. The lower river has gotten about 5 inches over the last two days (Monday-Tuesday). The water below Winkley Shoal is stained but fishable. The report Greg got from the lower river at Ramsey was the river was muddy. All areas should clear with Wednesday evening’s generation if they don’t get more heavy rain. The generation remains the afternoon pattern with 4-5 hours each weekday and less on the weekend. The trout bite has been fair to good with blue-wing olive mayflies being the only hatch at this time. Small flies (size 18 and 20) have been the best producers, he said.

Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said they continue with a summertime generation pattern for the Little Red River. You will find wading opportunities on the upper river in mornings and lower river in afternoons. For fly-fishing, he recommends midges, soft hackles, sowbugs and streamers. Hot pink and cotton-candy-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. Be safe while enjoying the Little Red River.

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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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