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Little Red River Sponsored by
Date 21-Jun-18
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Conditions : Little Red River: Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the river remains clear with afternoon generation. The summer pattern of generation remains about the same from 2 p.m. until 6 or 7 p.m. This allows wade fishing throughout the day by starting early in the upper river and staying ahead of the generation the rest of the day. The bite has been good with a blue-wing olive hatch being the main catalyst. Midges are also active in the morning. Small pheasant tail nymphs, pheasant tail emergers and other blue-wing olive emergers are good choices along with midge pupa. The weather forecast for the rest of the week is for cooler temperatures in the 80s and a good chance of rain. As long as the rain isn’t a “gully washer,” it shouldn’t affect fishing. Cloudy skies and a little rain may even help. If the rain doesn’t muddy the river, all should be well.

Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Little Red River is receiving a few hours of early afternoon and/or evening generation. This schedule pattern provides great wading opportunities on the upper river in mornings and lower river in afternoons. For fly-fishing, we recommend soft hackles, midges, hare’s ears, sowbugs and streamers. Red and cotton-candy-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. Remember to practice your best boating, canoeing/kayaking and wading etiquette and be safe while enjoying the Little Red River. 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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