I frequently visit BB, love it up there, also where I learned how to fly fish (self taught, youtube) . I was there last weekend and could only manage a few hook ups, still had a blast. I'm starting a new job soon and will be traveling extensively and won't have as much recreational time as usual, so I am planning a trip next weekend before starting the new gig. I'm planning to fish the Little Red River at JFK park just outside of Heber Springs, AR. I've never been there but have been hearing some good things about the place and the current bite. Just wandering if anyone has ever fished the Little Red and if y'all may have any tips or tactics you'd be willing to share so that I'm not going totally blind. Thanks in advance!
The LLR is sowbug country. A couple of years ago I had really good luck with the ones I bought at the local fly shop. They were no more than little bits of gray yarn, but man did they work. The only good spot I really know about is Barnett Access, also known as "The Swinging Bridge" (bridge long gone). Wade downstream and fish near the bank with your sowbugs. Good luck!
Actually, I just thought about... The wife and I are planning to go to JFK Park in November when I take my vacay. If you would be so kind, after your trip, could you post a report of it here on the BB Message Board so I might pick up a tip or two? Thanks!
Awesome thanks! Saw the water release schedule and looks like I'll be able to fly fish in JFK park just below the dam between sun up and 10 a.m. before the river rises too much. Afterwards I'll likely work my way down river and explore the spots you suggested. I'll definitely post an update when I return!
Post by cigarsnjeeps on Jun 20, 2019 16:01:29 GMT -6
JFK is a nice place. I have a msg in to my friend asking where we fished when I was there and I'll reply when he responds. Also the restaurant at Linseys Resort and Chucks Diner are pretty good places to eat.
Post by cigarsnjeeps on Jun 20, 2019 16:32:47 GMT -6
Looks like it was already mentioned. The swinging bridge. Same advice. Wade downstream and hit the banks. Just after you go under the bridge there and area to the right with some overhanging trees where I caught some.
Cow shoals is a great fly fishing area. Also try Libby shoals on downstream. Great fly fishing, less pressure. There are other good areas but many require a boat. The two above are walk-in. I grew up on the river, but that was before it became a trout river. But I've enjoyed many trips there since then. Home Waters by Midsouth Fly fishers is a great book about the river, with excellent maps, if you can find a copy.
Last Edit: Jun 22, 2019 12:27:05 GMT -6 by captwoody
Awesome, thank y'all! We're leaving bright and early in the a.m. Probably just scout some spots tomorrow and play a round of golf but we'll hit the river at sun up on Saturday! I'll give an update when we leave!