My son got accepted into the Honors Program at Lyon College in Batesville, AR. He will be right off the White River and just down a little ways from Cotter and Mountain Home. We are going up tomorrow to attend orientation on Friday and are then going to camp at JFK on the Little Red on the way back to Cowtown. We've never fished it and will be wading - can anyone give us some insight and tips to make a 1-day trip on it productive, or at least help us avoid wasting time trying to figure out where to go to wade?
No personal experience on it, but you might want to check out a couple of message boards -- Ozark Anglers.com and Fly Fishing Arkansas and Missouri (sorry no link). Both have forums on the Little Red where you could probably pick up some info. Hope this helps -- good luck!
I woke up seeing this weather...we might be passing right back through to Cowtown! It's ok, I am going back next Friday night for two days (weather permitting) then on to fish TN and NC. Colorado is too blown out in my usual area (free lodging) to go right now. I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the South Holston and then exploring some of the waters around Asheville.
PLease keep an eye on Hurricane Cindy. That area is supposed to get slammed with rain, wind, etc between now and Sunday. That will be on top of a very wet spring already.
I've gone there twice in the last 5 years. Danimal is correct. Those 2 message boards will help you a bunch for all of the Ozark trout waters in Arkansas. There's several access points. I can't remember too many details, but one good spot is the Swinging Bridge (There's no swinging bridge. It's just the name of the spot.) I wade downstream when I'm there and there's quite a bit of good open fishable water. If you fish a sowbug under an indicator near the bank those fish really go for that. Buy said sowbug at the local Heber Springs fly shop. It's a bit of grey yarn or dubbing. Where your camping is also supposed to be good access. I've never fished it. Hey, if you can do me a favor, when you return could you post and rate the campground itself? I'm kind of curious about it. Good fishing!
There was a swinging bridge. But about 20 years ago a bunch of people decided it would be fun to pile on and make it swing. It broke, killing and injuring several.
Just upstream of there, a short drive, is Cow Shoals, always a good spot and trophy Browns there in the fall. Downstream a few miles, toward Pangburn, is Libby Shoals, also a good spot. Both are good walk in areas.