Dry Run Creek>>
This is my favorite place to fish in the midwest. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to fish there anymore. What, you say? Is it private property? Did you get kicked off? Did you get banned, or arrested? The answer is no, I grew up!
I’m sure many of you have heard of Dry Run Creek, and I’m sure some of you have not. For those of you who have not, it is a feeder stream to the Norfork tail water that feeds the White River in Arkansas. It is managed by the Norfork National Fish Hatchery that is located parallel to the creek. It is a fishery that is exclusive to teens and children under the age of 16 (not including 16). It is a single hook, barbless, catch and release area meant to grow monster trout for youth anglers. Brown trout, Cutthroats, Rainbows, and Brooks can all be caught within creek. Giving the possibility of a grand slam. Not only that but the quantity of fish and the size of the fish give the creek the ability to produce fishing days of 100+ fish for a capable youth fly fisher as well as large trophy sized trout. The stream itself is only approximately 5-8 yards wide at its widest point meaning that casting for young anglers is no problem, however the short distance does make fishing streamers and wet flies ineffective.
I have fished Dry Run Creek three times and have been more than impressed by it. My first trip took place about a year ago in October, I would say this is the ideal time to make the trip because at this time the Brown trout have begun to run up the river to spawn and many fish will run up the creek as well. During this trip I caught an average of 102 fish a day (between two days) and 90% of them where Browns in the 15-19 inch range. However I lacked a trophy sized fish on this first trip; the largest fish I landed was a 5 lbs. Cutthroat.
My second and third trip took place in May and June, during this period the number of Browns was significantly smaller. I caught an average number of fish between 75-90 however the size was smaller with the exception of two: a 9 lb. Brown trout caught on a gray scud and a 7 lb. Cutthroat caught on a size 14 red ant. On the third trip, and the last (because I turned 16 two days later), I had about the same average of fish as the previous trip but this time I caught a 10 lb. Brown trout and a 10 lb. Rainbow (both shown on the homepage).
The fishing here is absolutely extraordinary and if you have grandchildren or children of your own it is a trip you absolutely must take. And when you get tired of watching your prodigy catch fish, the Norfork and White River are both within a five minute drive. Meaning that you too can enjoy some of the best trout fishing in the Midwest. If you have any questions pertaining to Dry Run Creek shoot me an email and I will do the best I can to answer them.
Good Luck Fishing!!