Three friends, Twin Bridges

by Drew Nelson
(Fayetteville, AR, USA)

White River in Arkansas

White River in Arkansas

I have so many fishing stories I had to decide on the one trip that was only 15 minutes from our house. My two friends and I have fished everywhere in AR and parts of Missouri. On this day we decided to stay close to home and try out some fly fishing with the white bass.


It was early May, 2012 and the white bass spawn season was 1-2 months old so we had to get a move on. They head south to spawn and hundreds line up on the bank of the White River south of the tail waters to take home any fish caught legally. That day, instead of fishing for rainbows on the tail waters of the northern part White River near Beaver Lake, we thought it would be special to rig up our fly rods with bass flies and our local shop outfitted us with the perfect fly. After clipping off our leaders and finding the highest weighed tippet possible, we headed off.

We fished for 5-6 hours on the most beautiful Arkansas sunny day and had no luck except for a few for the first 2 hours. This spot on the White River is known for its two bridges because another river diverges off to form excellent fishing for white bass, whose normal home is miles away. After wading past all the bait fishermen, kiddos and foreigners we finally found our "honey hole" and ripped some white bass on our jerry-rigged rods and ultra heavy flies. We caught 15 or so white bass between the three of us after just simply casting directly upstream on the mildly flowing river and gently stripping on our rods.

Man was it the greatest day ever! We were the only guys out there with a fly rods and (felt like) we put the old vets and rednecks to shame. We hiked 2 miles that day and finally found our spot- away from the crowds so we could focus on our love of fishing and work on our craft.

Hopefully we inspired just one person that day to put down their open reels and pick up a fly rod. Fly fishing is especially great because half the fun is trying exciting new ways to present your fly to test your mental and physical limitations. I urge all fishermen to come to Arkansas and visit any part of the White River (esp. Cotter) to test the open waters.

We left the cameras in the Subaru on this trip but I included this picture on the way out.

Cheers

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Jun 26, 2015
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Thanks
by: Drew

Thanks for comments gents.
I'll be in Steamboat this weekend looking for the next prize...hopefully I stumble upon a new experience and a large brownie.

Jun 26, 2015
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Great
by: Anonymous

Some of my companions and me go for angling consistently. This time we really drove off to an extremely disconnected stream in the middle of two mountains. We really wound up there by misstep. Presently I am searching for the name of this spot.


Feb 02, 2013
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Moats and boats and waterfalls..
by: Katy

Wow you have captured such a beautiful moment- the simplicity of a fly rod, a river & time with friends! Doesn't get any better than that!

Feb 02, 2013
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Engaging the Bass!
by: Dick Nelson

I could smell the water...feel the sun, hear the rednecks, laugh at the kiddos and see the bass come in. Love the persistence that pays off. Gives credence to the idea that it is the journey and not the destination that matters.

Feb 01, 2013
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You painted a great picture
by: Anonymous

I've always loved fishing and bald eagles. Sounds like a good day

Feb 01, 2013
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Solid Day
by: Peeps

It was pure that day.

We even saw a bald eagle that day, which only made the trip even better.

Fishing knee deep against high bluffs of the Ozarks is hard to beat.

Cheers to you!

Jan 31, 2013
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Great story
by: Donna

Glad to see you are exhibiting the family talent for writing ! Look forward to more

Jan 31, 2013
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Sign me up
by: Sarea

Great post! Makes me want to fish ASAP!

Jan 31, 2013
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Awesome!
by: therockieslife

That sounds like an awesome adventure. Wish I could have been there. Look forward to hearing more stories!

Jan 31, 2013
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Mark Twain-esque
by: Heidi

What a great story Drew! It felt very Mark Twain and was a good, southern comforting read. I can't wait to read about your fishing escapades in Colorado!

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