Fly Fishing in Arkansas on the White River
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A trip to Arkansas is a great affordable destination to bring a son or daughter who is a beginner at fly-fishing or for the advanced angler looking to target a truly once in a lifetime Brown trout. The White River is arguably the best brown trout fishery in the US with fish averaging 18-22” and many fish caught each year over 10 pounds!
When fishing the White River, you have the opportunity to fish 50 miles of brown and rainbow trout filled river. The Norfork is a smaller river about 5 miles yet it boasts large populations of browns and rainbows. In addition the Norfork has some large 20”+ Bonneville and finespot cutthroat trout as well as a few trophy Brook trout.
- Four Species of Trout (Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Bonneville Cutthroat, Finespot Cutthroat, and Brook Trout)
- During the winter months, from late November through early March, streamer fishing is the best option.
- Between the months of March and May, caddis flies begin to hatch. This is an excellent time of year for both novice and experienced anglers to catch not only lots of fish but trophy fish as well on dries and nymph imitations.
- The most exciting fishing is from June through September, as there are LOTS of terrestrial insects. Grasshoppers, cicadas, beetles, dragonflies and even tarantulas become important food sources for trout and they concentrate along the banks.