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North Arkansas Fly Fishers

Mountain Home, AR

Fly Fishing Community/Education/Conservation

We are pleased to announce the initial season of

Dry Run Creek Academy

The Academy will provide four levels of instruction:

• Brook Trout Level – Beginner –Thursday, June 13 from 2:00 to 5:00 

• Brook Trout Level – Beginner — Thursday, July 25 from 2:00 to 5:00

• Rainbow Trout Level – Intermediate – Date TBD

• Brown Trout Level – Advanced – Date TBD

• Cutthroat Trout Level – Experienced – Date TBD

Experienced fly fishers will mentor each level. North Arkansas Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited White River Chapter 698, Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery and Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers sponsor the Academy.

Participants will receive medals and certificates of achievement upon completing each level. 

The Academy is free, and no equipment or supplies are needed. We anticipate each level will be 3 to 4 hours including fishing on Dry Run Creek.

An adult must accompany all individual participants. For groups we will rely on the adult leaders to determine reasonable participant/adult ratios, however groups will be limited to no more than 20 participants. All group programs must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Instruction will be at Dry Run Creek next to the Norfork National Fish Hatchery and the visitor center.

For more information about the Academy or how to sign up for programs please contact:

Steve Blumreich


Mike Tipton


Dry Run Creek Academy Website                              

July Meeting

Tuesday, July 16th, 2024

Different Meeting Place for the July Meeting ONLY

The Ramada Inn at

1127 US-62E

Mountain Home, AR

NEW Start Time - Presentation Starts at 6:00pm

Food is available from the onsite MoMo's Grill.

All Members wishing to eat or socialize are encouraged to arrive around 5pm

History of Fishing on the White River

Before and After the Dams

Gary Flippin



At the July meeting, Gary Flippen will talk about the history of fishing on the White River, before and after the dams were built. 

Gary is a longtime resident of Cotter. He started guiding on the White River when he was thirteen years old. He started working at the Rim Shoals Trout Dock in 1965 when it was owned by Jenny Smith. In 1972 Gary went to work for Missouri Pacific Railroad as an engineer, where he worked for 43 years. In 1994 Gary and his wife Paula acquired Rim Shoals Trout Dock and opened Rim Shoals Resort.

Gary has long had a deep interest in the history of the White River and the world class fishing that has always existed on the river. Gary will talk about how, before the dams, there were float trips for smallmouth bass between Branson and Cotter. About how the construction of the dams changed a world class smallmouth fishery to a world class trout fishery in the Bull Shoals tailwater. This will be a very interesting program!

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Fly Fishing Mentoring Program

If you are interested in learning to fly fish, and don’t know where to start, we offer a mentoring program. It is available to all skill levels. Whether you are new to the area and need to know where to fish, when, and with what, or wonder why you’re not as successful as you hope to be, this program can help. Click on the button below for additional information or to sign up for this program.

Mentoring Program

Fly Tying Classes

We offer two fly tying classes - a beginners fly tying class and intermediate fly tying class.

The beginner fly tying class is hosted through the ASU-MH Community Education Program - Click the button below to sign up for the class or for more information and schedules.

The intermediate fly tying class is hosted by NAFF and more information can be found by clicking the link below.

Fly Tying Classes