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Old 01-09-2014, 10:02 PM
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II have been fly fishing off and off for years. but have never been to the white river. this spring I am wanting to take a few days and head down but have no idea where would be a good place to go for someone never have fished the white. would also need a place to camp at as well and if some could suggest some flies would be a huge help also.

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Luke: Send a PM to forum member tuholer, he lives right there and can give you some great information on how and where to fish. Best of luck, that river is definitely on my bucket list.

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Luke,

I am assuming you're talking about the White River in AR? If so, you may want to check out the Ozark Anglers forum. The folks who regularly fish the White are very active on that forum and would give you some good advice as to places to camp, hotels, guides, etc…

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Contact Jeremy Hunt @ flyandguides.com. His online fishing reports are a little bit behind but if you give him a call, he will talk your ear off with info on about any waters in that part of the world. Better yet, book a trip with him. He had a great deal on Groupon, don't know if it is still valid but call and ask him about it.
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Default Re: white river fishing trip for a rookie

yes Joe im talking about the white river in AR.
i have been wanting to go down there for years and never have. so im hoping that i can get down there this spring but with it being so big and not knowing the area im looking for a camp ground that is close to an access for wade fishing.
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Check out theozarkflyfisher.com. Steve Dally's fly shop in Cotter. Great bunch of guys.
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We'll be near there this weekend...may even end up there. Who knows? Our intent, though, is to fish Taneycomo. Looking forward to getting out of town and wading the tailwaters. I'm in need of a fishing trip.
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There's camping right below the dam at Bull Shoals-White River State Park. - it's pretty reasonable. You can also fish right there below the dam. You can download a Google Earth map of accesses here. There's a couple other good sites for maps, too, I think Dally's and Jeremy Hunt's sites both have them.

Here's an estimated timetable for when dam releases reach certain shoals and public accesses.

Spring can be a mixed bag in terms of water levels depending on how much rain they've received. If Bull Shoals is high you may want to check out Norfork Tailwater, and if they're both up Spring River isn't far away. There's a big caddis hatch from mid-March through the end of April, size 14-16 green bodied guys, so stock up on dries, pupa and soft hackles. Scuds in olive and tan, zebra midges in black, brown/copper, olive, and wine, black and olive wooly buggers, copper johns and pheasant tail nymphs would all be good bets. The bigger streamers can also drum up big fish in high (and low) water.
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