Dry Run Creek

Dry Run Creek Arkansas is a renowned destination for fly fishing enthusiasts. Located in the northwest corner of the state, the creek is a tributary of the White River and is known for its clear, cold water and abundance of trout. The creek is home to both brown trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroats, with rainbows being the most common.

 This little gem is one of the most amazing resources this country has. At 3/4 of a mile long, this fishery is small yet powerful. The best part about it? It’s just for kids and the mobility impaired. This creek receives flow from Norfork Fish Hatchery and is loaded with gigantic fish. Bugs are thick and plentiful and you can fool these fish in many ways, whether that be on top or sub surface.

One of the unique features of Dry Run Creek is that it is a “catch and release” stream, meaning that all fish must be released back into the water. This helps to preserve the creek’s delicate ecosystem and ensures that there will be plenty of fish for future generations of anglers to catch.

Fly fishing on Dry Run Creek can be challenging, as the creek is small and the fish can be elusive. However, the rewards are well worth it. The trout in Dry Run Creek are known for their strong fighting spirit and the creek’s clear water makes for spectacular sight fishing. If you have been wanting to teach one of the youngsters in your life the ways of a fly rod, there is no better place than Dry Run Creek to make that happen. 

Best times to
fish Dry Run creek

The best time of year to fly fish on Dry Run Creek in Arkansas will vary depending on the type of fishing you want to do and the species of fish you’re targeting. However, in general, the following are considered to be the prime seasons for fly fishing on Dry Run Creek:

Spring: The spring is considered to be the best time to fly fish on Dry Run Creek as the creek’s water levels are typically high and the fish are active. This is also the time when the creek’s hatches are at their most active, and the trout are feeding heavily on the newly hatched insects.

Summer: Summer is also a good time to fly fish on Dry Run Creek, particularly during the late evening and early morning when the water is cooler and the fish are more active. The creek’s hatches are less active during this time, but terrestrial insects can be an effective fly choice.

Fall: The fall is one of our favorite times to fish on Dry Run Creek as the water levels are typically lower, making the creek easier to wade. The creek’s hatches are less active during this time, but terrestrial insects can be a really effective fly choice this time of year.

Winter: Fly fishing on Dry Run Creek during the winter can be challenging due to the cold water, but it can also be very rewarding. The creek’s hatches are less active during this time, but the fish are more concentrated in the deeper pools and can be caught with nymphs or streamers.

It’s worth noting that the weather and water levels can change rapidly in Arkansas, so it’s always a good idea to check the current conditions before heading out to fish.

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Essential information for our
Dry run creek trips

What to expect on our
dry run creek trips

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Our Dry Run Creek fly fishing trips are set up with the young angler in mind! One of our biggest goals, aside from turning every client into a friend, is to get the next generation out there fly fishing!  Dry Run Creek is the perfect place to bring your kid along for what is sure to be one of their greatest fly fishing memories!

Dry Run Creek is setup to be accessible for kids and those with disabilities. There are several accessible spots along this creek and plenty of casting platforms to fish from. 

Whether you’ve been working with your kids or not on fly fishing, we can put them on some fish here! We love helping moms and dads be the heroes in their child’s fishing journey, so let us help you be the hero that helps them land their first trophy fish on a fly rod! 


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Hatch chart

Dry Run Creek is an amazing fishery here in Arkansas. Combined with the White River and the Norfork River, it makes for a great third option when fly fishing here. The river is home to a diverse population of fish, including rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout. Much like the other rivers in our area, the insect hatches are different throughout the year.

Our Dry Run Creek hatch chart provides valuable information about the timing of these insect hatches, and which flies are best suited to imitate these insects. By using our hatch chart to select your flies, you can greatly increase your chances of success on the river. A well-chosen fly can make all the difference between a day of casting with no bites and a day of reeling in fish after fish.

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