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Fly Fishing On The Little Red River In
The Little Red River is known for its fine brown trout
fishing but it is also stocked with brook, cutthroat and
rainbow trout. This river has some huge brown trout in
its gin clear water. It's cold, water comes from the
Greer's Ferry Dam at a temperature of about
forty-seven degrees year-round. The river is located in
Central Arkansas, not far from the more famous White
River tailwater. Fly fishing the Little Red River can be as
just as productive as fishing any tailwater in the nation.
Anglers can crowd the many shoals in the river during
the spring and early summer but the best fishing is
actually in the fall when the brown trout start migrating
upstream to spawn. The spawn starts about the middle
of October and is over around the first of December.
Trout can be caught from the Little Red River as far as
thirty miles below the Greer's Ferry Dam. It's Collins
Creek Tributary also has a good population of trout. The
dam is controlled by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The river has a very good food supply for the trout
including scuds, sowbugs, freshwater shrimp, leeches
Fly fishing the Little Red River depends greatly on the
discharges from the two turbines at the Greer's Ferry
Dam. The water can be low or very high and dangerous
and change from one to the other in a very short time.
The Little Red River can usually be fished from a drift
boat year-round. Keep in mind the river's flows are
regulated by the powerhouse at the dam and it can
become very swift and dangerous in certain areas when
a lot of water is being released. Normally, the Little Red
flows through long pools of water with many shoals. We
recommend floating the highest discharges only with
experienced guides or anglers.
The first few miles below the dam has plenty of boulders.
It can make it tough to float for small vessels such as
canoes and pontoon type boats. There are some large,
long pools downstream of the boulder filled section but
below that, you will find other obstructions in the form of
islands. Further downstream, there's a series of shoals
that can hinder larger boats, especially during low flows.
Below the shoals, the river can be fished from a canoe.
There are many shallow areas to deal with on low flows.
Below the shallow areas you will find a long pool
extending for about three miles. Downstream of the big
pool, the river narrows down with long runs that flow into
another section of shoals. Below that, there's more deep
pools that flows into a series of rapids. This area is just
above the low water dam above Pangburn. The river
again slows down and flows through another series of
|Type of Stream
Brown Trout (wild)
Rainbow Trout (stocked with
Brook Trout (stocked and wild)
(Stocked with holdovers)
Medium width but 29 miles of trout
John F. Kennedy Park has a ¾-mile,
area (artificial flies and lures only,
with single, barbless hooks only).
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or (501) 362-5150.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Little Red River Fly Fishing Guide:
The easiest access to the uppermost section
is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
public ramp next to the Federal Fish Hatchery.
Access Points. There are several other
access points in the middle to lower section of
the Little Red River.
The state maintains the Barnett access at
Winkley Bridge, Lobo Landing, Dripping
Springs and Ramsay access. In addition, there
are four other privately owned access points
or launch ramps.
There's little access from the banks of the
river in the middle and lower sections. Most of
the property is privately owned and posted.
The best way to fish these sections is from a
The water of the Little Red is very clear.
Large, wise, old brown trout are nocturnal
feeders and are not so easy to catch during
the day. If you attempt to fish the river at night,
the fog caused by the cold water will be a
huge problem. It just isn't safe to fish the river
from a boat at night.
Don't get so excited about catching the big
browns that you forget about the rainbows.
More rainbows are caught than brown trout.
Many of the browns that are caught are
caught using conventional tackle.
The combined stocking of both federal and
the state of Arkansas amounts to 150,000 to
200,000 fish per year. They are stocked in
over forty-five miles of water. In other words,
there is no shortage of rainbows in the Little
Most of the trout in the Little Red feed below
the surface. Trout do feed on the surface at
times, but it usually takes a large aquatic
insect hatch for them to do so. Unless you see
trout taking insects from the surface, we
suggest fishing a nymph or streamer.
You can catch trout any day of the year
Due to the constant temperature of the
tailwater, the fish can be caught on the
coldest days anglers will give it a try.
Fly fishing the Little Red River during the
Spring is usually the best time for rainbow
Fly Fishing Guide, continued:
Most of the river bottom is sand or gravel,
with heavy moss in the deep areas. The
heavy moss gives anglers problems.
From the dam to Ramsey Access you will
find plenty of public access where you can
wade the Little Red. When wading, you
should always be aware of rising water. The
water can fluctuate as much as several feet
in less than a few hours. You should pick
out a landmark along the bank and keep
track of the water level. If you see that it is
rising, you should make certain you can
easily get out of the water.
The Greers Ferry Dam has two generators,
and the flow rates range from 20 to 7500
cfs. When only one generator is operating,
the flow ranges between 2,500 and 4,000
cfs. Generally, the best time to wade the
stream is on the weekends. They normally
generate less power than they do during
the week. That's also the time the river
sees the most anglers.
During the Spring, the flows are usually
high. This is more to do with lake level
control than electricity. In other words, the
odds of being able to wade the river during
the Spring months is low. When fishing from
a boat during high flows, about the only
option is fishing the banks using streamers.
The brown trout reproduce naturally in the
river. The original stocking of brown trout
was done by individual anglers in the
1970's. Descendants of those bucket
stocked brown trout are what made the
Brook trout also spawn successfully, mostly
in the Collins Creek area. The cutthroat
trout are not plentiful. They mostly exist
downstream of Winkley Shoals.
Midges hatch during the entire year but
become more plentiful and available for the
trout to eat during the winter months.
January and February are the top two
months for midge hatches. Most of them are
blood midges, or red midges. There are also
plenty of cream and during the Spring, Light
Although more important during the Winter,
midges are still the most plentiful source of
food day in and day out. You should always
have imitations of the larvae, pupae and
adults. Most of the time, a double rig with a
pupa imitation on the top and a larva imitation
on the bottom works best.
There is also a huge population of both
scuds and sowbugs. Imitations of these
crustaceans work year round. Most of the
fully grown scuds are a hook size 14 and
most sowbugs a 16.
Leeches are also very plentiful in the Little
Red River. Sculpins are very plentiful and a
favorite food of both the rainbows and brown
trout. There are plenty of minnows, mostly
dace as well as thread-fin shad. The large
brown trout will also feed on smaller size
crayfish. Streamers that imitate the above
items are excellent flies to use. Low light
conditions are best for streamer fishing. High
water conditions can also be good for
streamer fishing. At times of high water, it
may be the only option.
The cool water discharges from deep
Greer's Ferry Lake provide excellent
fishing even on the hottest days of summer.
Autumn is the best time to fish for large
Little Red River Hatches and Trout
Other than midges, the Little Red River
doesn't have a huge number of hatches that
occur but those it does have are very
important. Blue-winged Olives are
bi-brooded, and hatch in March and April
and again in August, September and
The best of these two BWO periods of
hatches takes place in the Fall. Both times
can be good but the low water levels of Fall
offers the best dry fly fishing opportunities.
BWOs hatch best in the afternoon, on calm,
overcast, rainy, or even snowy days.
Hatches during bright sunlight conditions are
usually very sparse.
We have caught a few trout sight fishing
during low water levels during the Fall
months when these small mayflies were
hatching. That is one of the few times dry fly
fishing can be excellent on the Little Red.
You can also sight cast to fish using nymphs.
This is often far more successful than using
a dry fly. A BWO nymph imitations, hook size
18, is an excellent choice for this. Sow bugs
and scud imitations also work well sight
fishing for trout on the shoals.
The most common and plentiful hatches that
occur are the caddisflies. The hatches start
in March and last through June. These
consist mostly of net-spinning caddis called
Cinnamon Caddis ranging in a hook size
from 18 to 16. There are also some Green
Sedges, hook size 16 and plenty of Little
Sister Caddis. They are a hook size 18.
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Headlines: Conditions are very
good. Currently, the stream levels
and discharges are normal. Our
customers are catching a lot of trout
and some big ones. The articulated
sculpin streamers are accounting
for many of them. Check back with
us. Keep a close check on our
weekly updated Little Red River
fishing report linked above.
Map of Little Red River
Fishing Report Headline Archive:
Click Here For the Current Little Red River Fishing Report
01/03/17 I keep getting ask about Black flies. Yes, they hatch off and on. Right now, probably
off due to the warm weather. They have larva, pupa and adult stages similar to caddisflies but
unlike caddis, they can bite you. Midges are the main insects you should be imitating now,
and most of them are Cream midges. There are some reds, or blood midges hatching where
there is some soft soil or sand on the bottom between shoals.
01/10/17 The discharges and stream levels have been high until yesterday, but in good
shape as of now. There is rain in the forecast everyday for the coming week, so it is anyone's
guess as to how long they will remain in normal shape. There are lots of midges hatching, but
I would want to have some streamers on hand for higher water levels. Fish the midges in
tandem, with the pupa the top fly and the larva the bottom fly.
01/17/17 The discharges and stream levels are down low and you can even wade some
sections. The water is warmer downstream than it is near the dam, or right the opposite of
what is normal thanks to the very warm weather. It will continue through this coming week.
Blue-winged olives and midges are hatching very good. There is rain forecast everyday this
coming week, so the levels may come back up. You can fish this under an indicator.
01/24/17 The discharges are low and stream levels low enough to wade in some places. This
of course, is likely to change. There is no rain or snow in the forecast for the coming week. It
is going to be cooler, but still relatively warm. Midges, Reds or blood midges and Cream
midges are hatching good. There are some little Blue-winged olives hatching and a few Winter
stoneflies. Scuds and sowbugs should also work.
01/31/17 The discharges and stream levels have been varying greatly, so make certain you
call and get the release schedule before traveling very far to fish. Midges, Reds, Creams and
Light Greens are hatching good. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem with the larva the bottom
fly and the pupa about 16 inches above it. The Black Matuka sculpin streamer has been
working good when it has been cloudy.
02/07/17 You can almost wear a bathing suit to fish in. It is very warm with thunderstorms
taking place at the present time. Streamers like the Perfect Fly Matuka sculpin, Olive and
black and the Brown sculpin have been catching some trout for one customer. They work best
under low light conditions. Midges remain the main food to imitate. Reds, creams and light
greens are hatching. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem for the best results.
02/14/17 It has been a warm, good week for fly fishing the Little Red. The discharges and
stream levels have been low much of the time and anglers have been able to wade. It is
running to high for that at this time, but there is no rain in the forecast beyond today and
hopefully, they will be down soon. Midges, little Black Caddis and little Blue-winged olives
(non-baetis) species are hatching.
02/21/17 We have received some good reports the last week and some, not so good, all
depending on the time and waer levels, and of course, the skills of those fishing. The weather
will be clear with no rain for the next week. The stream levels are a little high right now but
should come back down to where wading is possible soon. Midges, little Blue-winged olives
and Little Black caddis are the main insects to imitate.
02/28/17 The discharges and stream levels are low at this time. Anglers are able to wade
much of the river. Hopefully, the discharges will stay down low for a while. It is raining as I am
writing this but it should end today and clear up for the next five days. It will remain relatively
warm but this will have little effect on the water temperature. It is average about 49 degrees.
Midges are still the most important insects to imitate.
03/07/17 Conditions have been good recently. The discharges and stream levels have given
anglers plenty of wading opportunity. Both bank and boat anglers have been catching trout.
More caddisflies are beginning to show up but we still think midges are the most important
insects to imitate. When it is cloudy and overcast, try the Black or Olive Matuka sculpin
streamers. Our customers have been catching some of their best trout on these streamer.
03/14/17 Sculpin streamers are going to rank high this coming week. The water levels will
come back down, but all you can do is Keep a close check on them. The Black Matukda, Olive
Matuda, Brown sculpin and White belly sculpin should work in the higher flows. Midges are still
important food even though a lot of caddiflies are beginning to show up.
03/21/17 The discharges and stream levels are fine at this time but headed up. There is rain
forecast everyday but one this coming week and the higher than normal discharges may
continue but you never know for sure. Caddisflies or three different species are hatching
good right now. Sculpin streamers should work especially good with all the cloud cover
03/28/17 The discharges and stream levels are fine for wading and boats. Our customers
caught some nice trout yesterday using the Black and Olive Matuka sculpin steamers. Midges,
Creams and Reds, continue to work. There are three different species of caddisflies hatching.
Little black caddis, Cinnamon caddis and some Spotted sedges. Conditions are good right
04/04/17 The discharges and stream levels are high at this time. They have to get the lake
back down to the right levels. The rain ends tomorrow and then five days of clear weather.
There are logs of caddisflies hatching along with some little Blue-winged olives. Sculphin
streamers like the Black or Olive Matuka sculpin should do good when the levels get lower but
still hight. Check back with us to see when the discharges settle back down.
04/11/17 The weather is going to be much warmer this coming with. There is a change of rain
for most days, but low odds on most days. The lake level is getting down to where it should be
and hopefully, there will be lower discharges soon. There are lot of caddisflies hatching along
with midges. Most of the midges are light green. Sculpin streamers work good where there is a
little color to the water and under low light conditions.
04/18/17 The conditions have been excellent the past few days. Anglers have been able to
wade and we have received some very good reports. Hopefully, the low discharges and
stream levels will continue to exist much of the time this coming week. There is some rain in
the forecast. Midges continue to work good but the main thing going is the caddisfly hatches.
There are three different species hatching right now.
04/25/17 The discharges and stream levels are down low, allowing anglers wading opportunity
about anywhere they wish to fish. Our customers have been catching good numbers of trout
the past few days. There are lots of caddisflies hatching along with some light green and
Cream midges. Sculpin streamers have worked good early and late in the day.
05/09/17 The discharges and stream levels have been very high but are currently back down
not too far above normal. It is too high to wade safely but can be fished from a boat. The river
is likely to be up high again. There is two more days of rain in the forecast and the lake is still
a little high. Make sure you check the stream levels prior to traveling very far to fish. Midges,
light greens and creams, and two species of caddisflies are hatching..
05/16/17 The discharges and stream levels are down now, permitting wading most of the time.
Check the discharge schedule. They may run it part of the day. There are lots of caddisflies
hatching. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week. There has been
so much rain, we guess anglers didn't think it would be in good shape, but it is right now.
05/23/17 The little Red isn't so little at this time. It is high and stained, too high too wade and
too high to fish from a drift boat in our opinion. Anglers have been catching good numbers of
trout the few time the stream levels have been decent. This high water conditions is likely to
continue for a few more days, but be sure and check back with us. We will keep you informed.
06/05/17 The discharges vary greatly with the pulses but the levels are very high most of the
time. There has been a lot of rain in the Little Red River watershed laely, but the forecast is
showing no chance of rain for the next week. The levels should drop back down much lower
very soon. You can check them by clicking the link below.
06/13/17 The discharges and stream levels have been much better after all the rain recently.
The lake level is in better shape and that's good because there is rain in the forecast
everyday for this coming week. The chances are low sometimes and hopefully, it will be just
the right amount to keep the stream levels at a normal level. There are lots of insects
hatching including Sulphurs.
06/20/17 The river is in good shape with clearer water and more insects hatching. The
Sulphur hatch is one of the best ones the river has to offer. We received a good report from
the past week. By the way, we were asked twice this past week about the barbless hooks.
Yes, you can simply mash the barbs down on regular hooks and be legal. You do not have to
have special hooks. This coming week should be a good one.
06/27/17 The river is in good shape with plenty of wading opportunities and drift boats are
doing well. This should continue for the coming week. There are some Sulphurs and lots of
caddisflies hatching. One customer reported catching a lot of trout on scuds this past week.
Fish the caddis pupa imitations during the hatch and the adults during the egg laying activity.
06/04/17 The stream levels have been high due to high discharges lately and they are likely
to continue that way. You should always check them. They are subject to change, of course.
Wading isn't safe at these rates but drift boats can do okay. There are still a lot of insects
hatching but we have also added terrestrial imitations to the fly list. It is time from them to
06/11/17 The discharges are still up and down from off to high, often too high to wade, but
okay for boats. There are still plenty of Sulphurs and caddisflies hatching - Green Sedges
and Cinnamon caddis. Terrestrials are also working fairly well.
07/18/17 When you can catch the discharges low and levels low, you can catch good
numbers of trout. There has been a lot of rain lately and the discharges are back up rather
high most of the time. There is no rain forecast for the next few days. There are still plenty of
insects hatching, mostly caddisflies but some Sulphurs are still hatching.
07/25/17 They have been starting the two generators around noon each day and running
until midnight. This give the best wading opportunity in the mornings. Drift boats can fish with
full generation, but not very successfully. We expect that same pattern to continue this coming
week. There are still some good hatches taking place but they have slowed down.
08/01/17 The discharges and stream levels are about normal at this time. They have been
low and wading possible for the past three days. Our customers sent in two good reports the
past two days. There are lots of caddisflies hatching. Fish the pupa imitation during the
hatches and adults during the afternoon egg laying.
08/08/17 Conditions have been good, with decent discharge rates and stream levels enough
to provide some good opportunities. Brown sculpin streamers worked great for one of our
customers this past week. There are still some hatches taking place but nymphs and
streamers are still outproducing dry flies.
08/15/17 The river has turned out some nice trout for two of our customers this past week.
One used a drift boat and one didn't. Wading has been possible most mornings and it
appears they will keep the same discharge pattern of running water in the afternoons. Midges
are working good - cream larva and pupa in tandem.
08/22/17 Conditions have been good at times and not so good at times depending on the
status of the discharge schedule. There have been some opportunity for wading anglers. Drift
boat anglers continue to do well. The weather is turning cooler and the rain ends today. We
think the heavy discharge schedule will be changing soon.
08/29/17 The river is in good shape in all respects. We received some good reports from
customers this past week. Wading anglers had some good opportunities as well as those
fishing from drift boats. There are still a few hatches taking place, mostly caddisflies. Fish the
pupa imitations when they are hatching and the adults late in the day when they are laying
09/05/17 Conditions are excellent. We received some good reports this past week from
customers. The discharges and stream levels are down low and wading safe and easy most
places. There's still enough current for drift boats as well. There are still some hatches taking
place but midges, sow bugs, scuds and aquatic worms are also working.
09/12/17 We received a very good report from a customer fishing this past week. The river is
one of a few tailwaters in the state with fishable discharges. It is safe and easy to wade most
places at the current levels. Scuds, sowbugs, aquatic worms and midges are the main foods
you should be imitating.
09/19/17 The discharges and stream levels are running a little high, too high to wade safely.
Drift boats can do fine at these levels. You will just have to keep checking the levels and
schedule of discharges to see when you may have some wading opportunity. We didn't
receive any reports from customers fishing this past week.
09/26/17 The river is in good shape with low discharges and stream levels. Wading is safe
and easy. We received two good reports this past couple of days from customers fishing the
river. There are still some hatches taking place from little BWOs and Cinnamon Caddis, but
midges and aquatic worms are catching the most trout.
10/03/17 The river is still in good shape, allowing anglers some good wading opportunities.
We expect this to continue for this coming week. There are some Blue-winged olives and
Mahogany duns hatching, along with plenty of Cream and Red midges. We had two good
reports from customers fishing his past week.
10/10/17 This coming week should be a good one. We had a couple of good reports from
customers this past week. Discharges and stream levels have been much more suitable lately.
There are still some hatches taking place and Sculpin streamers are getting some of the large
10/17/17 The discharges and stream levels are high right now, but this probably change
soon. We had two good reports from customers fishing this past week. Midges and
Blue-winged olive nymphs. Aquatic worms are also working.
10/24/17 The river is in good shape and should remain in good shape for the coming week.
There is little to no rain in the forecast and the discharges should remain at good levels. We
received one good report from a customer this past week. Sculpin streamers are catching the
larger brown trout. Midges, creams and reds,are catching the most trout.
11/09/17 We received two good reports from customers this past week. Discharges have
been somewhat high lately, but offering some good wading opportunities. Weekends have
less generation but not today. BWOs and midges are hatching. Sculpin streamers continue to
catch the larger brown trout.
11/15/17 The stream levels are currently a little too high to wade safely but vary throughout
the day. There were some good wading opportunities this past week. MIdges, creams and
reds, are hatching. If you haven't tried our new Pre-rigged midge larva and pupa imitations,
you should. Sculpin streamers continue to catch the larger trout.
11/23/17 There were a few days this past week when anglers could wade safely and there
were good numbers of trout being caught. Currently, the discharges and stream levels are
high, too high to wade safely. It is high for drift boats but they can fish. Sculpin streamers, like
our Brown Sculpin and Black and Olive Matuka sculpin streamers have been catching the
11/30/17 The river has been in good shape for the past week. Our customers reports
catching good numbers of trout on three trips this past week. Midges, creams and reds, and
Brown sculpin streamers are the flies that produced well for them. Aquatic worms are also
12/07/17 We received one good report this past week from a customer. He was fishing from a
drift boat. Midges are still the main insects to imitate. Aquatic worms are also working as well
as scuds.There have been some wading opportunities as well.
12/14/17 Discharges and the resulting stream levels are still providing some wading
opportunities. The water is a little cooler and Midges, creams and blood midges or reds, are
hatching. There are some BWO hatching mostly on cloudy days. Aquatic worms and scuds
12/21/17 The river is in good shape with low discharges and stream levels most of the time
offering good wading opportunities. Good numbers of trout are being caught by the few
12/28/18 The stream levels are currently running a little high but should be down offering
more wading opportunity soon. Winter stoneflies are hatching along with lots of Cream and
Red midges. Hopefully, this will continue for a while.
01/03/18 Stream levels are back up high due to recent higher discharges. We think this is
only temporarily, but be sure to check them. It can be fished when it is high from a larger drift
boat, but not waded or fished very successfully.
01/11/18 Conditions are as good as they get right now. Midges are hatching, along with
Winter stoneflies. Scuds and Aquatic worms are also working. Stream levels are down thanks
to lower discharges.
01/18/18 The river continues to be in good shape with discharges and stream levels that can
be fished from boats and often waded. This coming week's weather looks good and should be
a good one to fish the river.
02/01/18 The discharges and stream levels are up a little but we feel sure they will be down to
normal levels very soon.. Midges, Creams and red Blood midges, continue to hatch good.
Scuds and Aquatic worms continue to work good.
02/08/18 The river is still running low, with lower discharges. That makes it good for wading
and fine for smaller boats. Light Green midges are starting to hatch in addition to the bloods
and creams. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week, but it should
have been good.
02/15/18 here is some rain in the forecast and the discharges will likely change. As of now,
they are very low which isn't all bad. Wading is safe and easy provided caution is used.
Midges, creams, reds and light greens are hatching. Blue-winged olives are hatching.
02/22/18 The discharges and stream levels are extremely high and more rain is on the way. It
shouldn't be fished now. All you can do is to check back with us and check the stream levels
and discharge schedule.
03/01/18 The river is still running a little high most of the time. Make sure you check the
discharge schedule. The lake levels is up some and they may run some heavy discharges.
Midges, little BWOs, scuds, aquatic worms and sculpin are still the main foods to imitate.
03/08/18 Stream levels are still high, very high at nights but lower during the day time. It is
usually too high to wade but okay for drift boats. Midges, creams, reds and light greens are
03/15/18 The discharges and stream levels are very high, currently too high to fish. All you
can do is to check the release schedule and levels. It should be good as soon as the levels
drop. Little Blue-winged olives are hatching.
03/29/18 The river is back down but there is rain in the forecast everyday for the next week.
Aquatic worms and scuds have been catching trout as well as sculpin streamers.
04/05/18 The Discharges and stream levels are high, too high to wade safely but okay for drift
boats. Little Black Caddis have started hatching. There are lots of midges and little
Blue-winged olives. Hopefully, the flows will come down soon.
04/12/18 The river is down near a very good level to fish but still a little high most of the time.
The discharges should be less this coming week. There are lots of insects hatching. Little
Black caddis are more plentiful. There are lots of midges and Blue-winged olives hatching.
Your larger trout will still be taken on streamers, especially the Brown Sculpin.
04/18/18 Conditions have been very good lately, with good discharge rates and stream levels
much of the time. This isn't likely to continue. There is rain in the forecast everyday for the
04/25/18 Discharges and stream levels are staying high, a little too high to wade safely. You
can fish from drift boats. There is no rain in the forecast this coming week, so we hope the
lake level will get down and the discharges will let up, so wading will be safe.
05/04/18 The river is back in good shape, with good discharge rates and stream levels. Good
numbers of trout are being caught when the river isn't high. There are lots of insects hatching.
Dry fly fishing has been good.
05/11/18 The water is getting much warmer in the middle and lower sections of the river.
There are lots of caddisflies hatching. Fish the Green Sedge and/or Cinnamon Caddis pupa
during the hatches and the adults during the egg laying activity in the late afternoons. Midges
and scuds are still very important.
05/18/18 The discharges and stream levels are down to near normal for this time of the
season and in very good shape. There are lots of insects hatching and trout being caught.
There is a slight chance of rain everyday for the coming week, and the cloud cover should
make conditions even better.
05/25/18 The river is in good shape with good hatches and good numbers of trout being
caught. There are some good wading opportunities in some locations and drift boats are
doing well too. There are lots of insects hatching and the dry fly fishing has been good. The
cloudy skies seems to help a lot.
06/01/18 The river is still in good shape and good numbers of trout are being caught. The
stream levels are still a little below normal level and the water clear. There are several
hatches taking place. Don't overlook the midge, simply because other insects are hatching. It
is still a most important source of food for the rout.
06/08/18 Discharges and stream levels are still in good shape. The weather forecast looks
good for the coming week. We received several good reports recently. There are lots of
hatches taking place - mostly caddisflies and Blue-winged olives. Scuds and sowbugs are
06/15/18 The river is in very good shape. There are lots of hatches taking place and dry fly
action has been pretty good. Scuds and sowbugs are also working good. This coming week
should be a good one. There are good numbers of trout being caught.
06/22/18 The river is in good shape with good discharge rates and stream levels most of the
time. Wading has been safe and easy at times and too high at times. Drift boats can do well
most all the time. There are some good hatches still taking place.
06/29/18 The discharges and stream levels are down and providing some good wading
opportunity. There are some good trout being caught by our customers. This coming week as
little rain in the forecast and should be a good one to fish the Little Red. There are some
good hatches going on.
07/13/18 Currently, the discharges and stream levels are high but we expect them to be lower
very soon. There are multiple hatches taking place and we continue to receive good reports
from both wading and drift boat angles.
07/20/18 The discharges and stream levels are down and the river in good shape. There is
no rain in the forecast this coming week and it is likely to stay down giving some wading
opportunity. There are still plenty of hatching insects and trout are being caught in good
numbers by most anglers.
07/27/18 The discharges and stream levels are currently low. The weather is going to be
cooler making it more comfortable on the anglers, but having little to do with the trout, or water
temperature. we received one good report this past week. There are some good caddisfly
hatches taking place.
08/03/18 The river has been turning out some good trout lately. Look at the picture of Mr.
Vince Cordon just below. Wow. That was caught on our #6 Brown sculpin streamer fly.
08/17/18 Conditions remain very good in the Little Red. There are some large browns being
caught. Check out the picture in the fishing report linked above. That one was caught on our
Brown sculpin streamer. We have some new articulated streamers that are performing well.
Stream levels are normal and the forecast for the coming week looks good.
08/31/18 Conditions remain about the same as last week. The river is in good shape in all
respects. Good numbers of trout are being caught. The discharges and stream levels have
been low enough to wade it at times and drift boats are also doing goo. Our articulated
streamers are working good on the larger browns.
09/13/18 The discharges and stream levels continue to be good and normal for this time of
the year. There are still some hatches taking place. Crustaceans and terrestrials are also
working. Streamers still provide the best chance of catching the larger size trout. This coming
week should be another good one.
09/20/18 We received two good reports from this past week. The discharges and stream
levels continue to be good and normal for this time of the year. There are still some hatches
taking place. Crustaceans and terrestrials are also working. Streamers still provide the best
chance of catching the larger size trout. This coming week should be another good one.
10/08/18 The discharges and stream levels are currently down and in good shape. You could
wade at these levels but of course, they do change. We have continue to get some good
reports except when the river is flowing very high. There are still a few hatches and sculpin
streamers are working great.
10/18/18 The river is in good shape. Nice trout are being caught and in good numbers. There
are still a few hatches taking place and crustaceans and sculpin streamers are working good.
This should be another week of good fly fishing opportunity.
10/25/18 The river is running high right now, too high to wade. Hopefully, it will be back down
to a good level very soon. There have been some good trout caught recently, including some
large browns. Our Perfect Fly Sculpin steamers do a good job of fooling them.
11/08/18 The river is in good shape with good discharges and stream levels much of the time.
There is less rain in the forecast this coming week and the flows are likely to be better.
11/28/18 The discharges and stream levels are high and likely to be high a little longer.
Wading isn't safe at these levels and drift boats may find it difficult to fish well. Midges, creams
and reds, are the main insects hatching.
12/04/18 Midges are the main food the trout are relying on at this time. The discharges and
stream levels are down to good levels and trout are being caught. Fish them with the larva
and pupa rigged in tandem for the best results.
12/24/18 The river is still very high from high discharges. There is less rain in the forecast this
coming week, and hopefully, at some point the lake level will be back down to where they can
let up on the amount of water being released. All you can do is to check back and look at the
releases. Fish when it drops back down to near normal levels.
01/03/19 Discharges and stream levels are still very high,too high to wade or fish from a boat
at this time. All you can do is to check back with us and look at the stream levels.
01/17/19 Discharges and stram levels are still very high, too high to wade and not good for
fishing from a boat. It should begin to fall soon. Fish our articulated streamers while it is still
01/31/19 The discharges and resulting stream levels are still a little high but much better than
it has been in a long time. This weekend should be a good one to fish even if the water is a
little high. It will be nice and warm for a change. Midges are still the main insects to imitate.
02/29/19 Discharges and stream levels are still high. It should come down soon. There is a
little rain in the forecast for the next week but not enough to keep the heavy discharges up.
Midges are still the main insects to imitate. Rig the larva and pupa in tandem for the best
03/02/19 The discharges and stream levels are pulsing. You have some opportunity to fish
when the diwcharges and levels are low but not otherwise. You have to follow the discharge
03/09/19 The flows are down a lot but it is still high, too high to wade in most places. It is fine
for drift boats. We didn't get any reports of catches this past week but we should this coming
03/16/19 The discharges and resulting stream levels are still very high most all the time. The
are pulsing, or running heavy to off during each day. This should settle down very soon as
there is much less rain in the forecast.
03/28/19 The discharges are still pulsing up and down and the levels mostly high, too high to
wade most of the time. Larger size drift boats can fish the river. Conditions are rapidly
improving, so make your plans accordingly.
04/13/19 Currently the discharges and resulting stream levels are down to a normal levl and
the river is in good condition. Hopefully, it will remain this way for a while. There are some
trout being caught but few are fishing.
04/28/19 The stream levels are still too high to wade safely. There is some more rain in the
forecast. All you can do is to watch the discharges and stream levels and fish when it
drops.There are some good hatches takiing place.
05/05/19 Stream levels are generally still high but dropping down during the day and
increasing during the night. There is more rain in the forecast for the coming week and you
should make sure you check the discharge schedule and levels before traveling very far to
fish. There are good hatches taking place.
05/19/19 Stream levels are currently a little high as they continue to pulse the water
discharges. It is a matter of catching the levels right. There are some good hatche taking
05/26/19 The river is turning out good numbers of trout for most anglers. The discharges are
still pulsing but levels okay most of the daytime. There are some good hatching taking place
06/06/19 You have to catch the discharges and flows right. They continue to pulse the
discharges and the stream levels vary greatly throughout the day and night. Sulphurs are
hatching along with some other good hatches.
06/14/19 The discharges are still pulsing with high levels at night and lows during the day. Be
sure to check the levels but you should be able to fish during the day with decent stream
fliows. There are good hatches taking place and trout are being caught.
06/30/19 Conditions remain about the same. The discharges are pulsing up and down
allowing good flows most of the time. Terrestrial imitations like our Japanese beetles,
carpenter ants and hoppers are starting to work. There are good hatches taking place. Let us
hear from you.
07/07/19 The river is currently running a little high, too high to wade safely in most places. It
can be fished from larger size drift boats. Good numbers of trout are being caught when the
levels are suitable. There are still some good hatches taking place and terrestrial insect
imitations are starting to work.
07/14/19 Discharges are still pulsing and generally high at high and down during the day. It is
usually tough wading and unsafe at time but drift boats are catching some trout. This should
change as soon as the heavy rain ceases.
07/21/19 The river is in decent shape with fluctuating levels but allowing some good
opportunity. There is no chance of rain this coming week and discharges and stream levels
should continue to be good.
07/29/19 The stream levels are staying a little too high to wade much of the time. Drift boats
can do okay most of the time. There are some trout being caught and still plenty of hatching
insects. Terrestrials are also working.
08/09/19 The discharges and stream levels are up again. It is too high to wade anywhere.
Large drift boats may do okay. There are still a lot of insects hatching. Terrestrials like our
Japanese beetles and carpenter ants are also working.
08/15/19 Discharges and stream levels are still very high, too high to fish in our opion, even
with a drift boat. It should start falling out soon.
09/25/19 Discharges and stream levels are pulsing and high until the afternoons, too high to
wade most of the time. There are some good hatches taking place and some trout are being
caught. Our articulated streamers are working good.
Click to Enlarge:
Mr. Vince Cordan, Mason, TN
Brown trout caught at Little Red River
Arkansas, on our Perfect Fly Brown
Sculpin, size 6, on an 8 wt. rod/reel. It
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10/05/19 The discharges and stream levels are normal and the river in good shape. Both
bank and drift boat anglers are catching good numbers of trout. There are still a few good
hatches and our sculpin streamer patterns are catching some nice ones.