Fishing Season: January 1 - December 31

Little Red River - AR

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


Rouse Fly Fishing's Tip of the Week

Midge bite has been good and streamers in bumps of water.

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Map of Little Red River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Rouse Fly Fishing

5-Day Outlook as of 7/16/24

You have to watch for temps creeping too high below Pangburn. Best to find bumps of water where temps are lower. Fish don’t seem to be as stressed. Given that we are not getting tons of water the bite remains good.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/16/24

On the backside of the daily bump the midge bite is pretty good.

Local Species Available January 1 - December 31

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    Brown trout

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    rainbow trout

Rouse Fly Fishing's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug tan 14-16
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig N/A 12-16
TH Zebra Midge N/A 16-18
Tunghead Prince N/A 12-16
midges variety 18
soft hackles variety 12-16
Hawkins' Hat Trick white,olive,black 4
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph tan 14
egg patterns variety
San Juan worms variety 12-14

Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug

One of the hot flies on Arkansas' White River, this sowbug imitation is sure to perform.

Rouse Fly Fishing's Recommended Gear

Description: About Little Red River

The Little Red River runs through the gateway of the Ozarks near Heber Springs, Arkansas. It is a tailwater. The dam creates a massive lake, Greers Ferry. Below Greers Ferry Dam you will find some of the country’s best trout fishing. The Little Red rolls along 82 miles before it meets up with the White River. Roughly 45 miles of this are considered quality trout water. The river is full of a healthy population of rainbow trout. Some are wild, but most are stocked. The jewels of the famed Little Red are the brown trout. Our browns are an all wild population. Recently, the Little Red River was the home of the world record brown trout. Part of the Little Red’s success is the abundant aquatic life. Most of these fish are getting fat on crustaceans, sow bugs, scuds, and crawfish. And of course, the larger browns enjoy a rainbow snack. We have a few hatches consisting of march browns and caddis that can deliver some dry fly fishing. Nymphing ends up being the standard for most. For those that are looking for large browns the Red is a streamer fisherman’s delight. Come anytime of year. With constant water temperatures, the Little Red is a TRUE year round fishery.

Nearest Airport:

Heber Springs, AR (small aircraft) Little Rock, AR (commercial)


midges Mayfly Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

Depends on water level and generation.

Best Stretch:

Check with dam 501-362-5150 to see when releases have started and ended. This will be a deciding factor on what the best stretch will be.

Best Access:

See above. JFK Park, Cow Shoals, Winkley Shoals, Libby Shoals, Pangburn Bridge.