I shot this video on two consecutive Saturdays. The first trip with my buddy Greg, followed by a solo trip this past Saturday. Beaver Dam was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and power generation. The net result for fishermen is a 7.5 mile stretch of cold, oxygen-rich trout water that is stocked regularly by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commision. There are plenty of rainbows and some browns in this river. I am happy to be about an hour away from this terrific source of trout fishing. I can spin cast from my kayak or wade from numerous gravel bars with a fly rod.
Greg and I put in at the dam, casually floating and fishing to our take-out point at Bertrand Access. When the hydro-electric generators aren’t running the water is low and slow. I took advantage of that yesterday and paddled upstream from Bertrand past Parker Bend to a few of the choice areas I discovered the week before. Power generation has started about 2:30 PM and provides a nice rush of water for paddling back downstream. I caught a nice brown trout near Clayborn Creek. Spinner baits, micro-jigs and a variety of flies including scuds and terrestrials will catch trout along this river. Thanks to Greg for a number of really nice still shots on this video.