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Colorado Bound!

    The anticipation is building as we're scrambling to get packed for our 1st annual hosted trip in conjunction with Yampa Valley Anglers. Myself, the better half, Brad Smith, and a grand total of four dogs are heading out Sunday morning on what's sure to be an epic adventure. We'll keep you posted with fresh pics and blogs while we're there. Cheers, y'all! 

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Beat the Heat Summertime Deal!

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    For a limited time we're offering a sweet deal for summertime fishing packages. Book a trip with us in July or August and get two nights of lodging at our cabin (subject to availabilty) for $100. Fish two days and get a third night FREE! So that's a day of guided fishing and two nights of lodging for $500 or two days of fishing and three nights of lodging for $900. Limited avaiability, so book it now! 


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Yeti Ramblers in stock now!

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    We are fully stocked with Yeti Rambler cups, colsters, and bottles. Come see us now for all your Yeti needs. We've got Tundra's and Hopper's in stock as well as the new "Yeti Ice" reusable ice blocks that freeze quicker and stay frozen longer! 


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North Fork of the White

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    Last week I recieved a call from Chris Gates, who is partners with Jeff Trigg at Ozark Sweetwater Guide Service, asking if we had anybody available because he needed a second boat. Having only fished the NFOW three times previously, and being sick of 12ft leaders and split shot, I jumped at the idea! If you've never fished this river, I can't even begin to describe how beautiful it is. It's a true freestone river and you will find yourself forgetting you're in Missouri at times because it's so much like the Western freestones of Colorado and Montana. The two best fish of the day were this 19 1/4" brown and this 20 3/4" rainbow, which by NFOW standards are both excellent fish. Girdle Bugs and Apricot Eggs were the ticket for us. I thoroughly enjoyed guiding this river, and while it's too far to justify driving on a regular basis, it's good to know it's there as a Plan B if these rivers are fishing poorly or blown out, and it's a good option to offer my regular clients to add a little diversity to the game. I definitley look forward to floating it again, and definitely want to get back up there and spend some of my free time checking it out. Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 

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Low Water, Take 2!

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Southwestern Power just released tomorrow's generation schedule and it looks good! Low water all day save for a one hour burst from 7-8am in the morning. Hopefully we won't have any more significant rain events for a while and this low water will hang around for a while! Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 


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The Scott Radian

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     I cannot begin to express in words how awesome this rod is. I ran up on an article (click here to read) from Duranglers out of Durango, CO that conveys exactly how I feel about this wonderful rod. The first thing noticeable to the trained eye is the quality of the components. The guide set is hands down the best on the market. The reel seat is gorgeous, and I'm a huge fan of the full-well grip. The most noticeable thing when fishing a Radian vs. other comparble fast-action rods is the forgiving tip. Almost every other modern fast-action rod on the market nowadays has got a tip that is super stiff, which is no good for playing big fish on light tippet. For the type of nymphing we do on low water here in AR, playing large brown trout on light tippet is a scenario we are very familiar with, and the Radian is hands-down the best fast-action rod on the market for doing so. It is also extremely accurate and easily the best mending rod ever made, too. But don't take my word for it. Search the internet and read the reviews for yourself, or come down and cast a demo rod, or better yet, book a trip and we'll put one in your hands all day long. Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 


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Colorado 2016

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    We are super stoked about the response we've gotten to our hosted trip in conjunction with Yampa Valley Anglers this summer. So much so that we're guaranteeing the Colorado trip will be available next summer, and we're currently working on a Montana trip next summer and possibly a winter Patagonia, Chile trip as well. I love these Arkansas waters, and I truly feel they are hard to beat, but there is just something magical about floating down a freestone Western river and catching wild brown trout on dry flies. It is very soul-soothing to say the least. The beauty of the canyons and landscape of Colorado in the summertime is hard to beat, too. We are going to roll into Colorado looking very much like a 20th Century version of the Beverly Hillbillies. Me, the little lady, Brad Smith, three dogs, and two drift boats. For those of you who couldn't make this trip, stay tuned as there will be plenty of opportunities to get in on the action next year! Here are a couple of pics from my Colorado trip two years ago to get you guys in the spirit. Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 


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The Cheapest Flies Around!

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    Guys, we are FULLY stocked and ready for this weekend! Beautiful weather and low water all at the same time? We don't know how to act around here! We've got a full run of Simms Solarflex sun shirts, Simms t-shirts, and plenty of Simms hats inlcuding all the new colors. We are fully stocked up on Scott Fly Rods, including the Radian, A4, and Tidal. We've got a repsectable selection of Orvis Helios 2 and Recon rods, and we've got lots of Galvin, Orvis, and Cheeky Reels as well. In the wader department, we've got Simms, Orvis, Redington, and a few sizes left of last years' Patagonia sale waders. To top it all off, we have the cheapest flies around too! All of our nymphs, including tungsten, are $2 each and we do a Baker's Dozen, meaning your 13th one is free. All of our eggs, worms, and micro-jigs are $1.50 apiece, and all of our foam terrestrials are $2.50 apiece. Baker's Dozen rule applies to them as well. Come on out and see us this weekend and we'll get you lined out to fish. Also, come in and meet Nathanael this Saturday as he will be working the shop. Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 

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LOW WATER! It's been a long time coming!

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    Finally! It's time for drift boats and wade fishing! It's a Catch 22 owning a fly shop in that I love to fish high water, but the shop relies on wade fishing traffic, so high water is bad for business. But for the first time in what seems like "a month of Sundays", we are blessed with dead-low water on the Norfork. At 8am Monday morning it's supposed to go offline and stay that way until at least midnight. As we aren't booked Monday, me and some of the crew are gonna take a drift boat down it as soon as they shut if off. If past experience is any indicator, it should be stupid. Stay tuned for pics and a fishing report. Cheers! 

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Guides Day Off

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    This past week, we all got out and spent a little time throwing streamers ourselves, and as usual Barry came out with the biggest fish. They're still eating streamers like nobody's business on the White and the Norfork. I've seen more big fish caught this year on streamers than any previous year I can remember. It seems like every other day someone is not only breaking the two foot mark, but shattering it. It blows my mind how many fish in the 26-30" range we've seen this year. We should see generation come to a halt in the next two weeks, so if you want to get in on this action you better act fast. Give us a call or email us to book a trip with one of our awesome guides! 

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2016, Our Year

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Some of you may have been following the shop since I bought it in October of 2012, so this story is not anything new to you. But for the ones who haven't, it's been a rough and rocky journey to say the least. I was not aware of the cutthroat politics in the fly fishing industry until I bought the shop. It took me two and a half years to "prove myself" and procure the brands I wanted and get to a place where I could add to my team in the way of employess and guides. Now at three and a half years in, I'm feeling optimistic about it. Aside from being a Simms, Orvis and Patagonia dealer, Two Rivers has assembled a group of guides who are so talented it's ridiculous. Things are going to be happening this year, and you will see plenty of fish porn with the likes of Larry Babin, Brad Smith, Barry Annalora, and Nathanael Ferguson at the wheel. I couldn't ask for a better group of guides. And be sure to check out our lodging accomodations. I can assure you that we offer the most affordable lodging/fly fishing packages in AR. If you have a bigger group, prefer a restaurant on site, or just want to be on the river, we recommend our partners at PJ's Lodge. There have been lots of HUGE browns being caught on the Norfork River this year with a 30" and 36" fish among them. The Norfork has recently been backed down to one generator and is nearing power pool now, so we should see low water in the next couple of weeks. Should be perfect timing for the Caddis hatch! Call us and book a trip now and get in on this action! Cheers! 


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The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth.

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    You may have seen one or both of these fish on the worldwide webs lately, but there's a pertinent little fact that's left out, and for obvious reasons. Both of these brutes were caught in the Dock Hole of the Norfork River on streamers. The big 36"er was caught just yesterday by a client of Brock Dixon of North Arkansas Troutfitters, and the second one which was no slouch at 30 inches was caught last week by a client of Jamie Rouse of Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures. To add to the story and purpose of this article, I fished one of my favorite reps, Stephen Seaton, of Lone Star Lobo Sales & Marketing, and within an hour he had more action on streamers than he had the previous 3 days fishing the White. Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the White, I'm just giving the Norfork credit where credit is due. We boast more fish per mile, more brown trout per mile, and with brutes like this coming off the river, I'd say "the ditch", as some people call it, is well on it's way back to it's former glory when it held the World Record German Brown Trout. ( I concurred with Game and Fish and they concluded it was neither a unicorn or a donkey, but in fact a German Brown) You see, some people know that fish of this caliber and the positive press and attention they generate will no doubt bring business to my shop. Those who know me personally, know that there is no way I could sit back and abide this internet trickery, so here it is folks. See you on the beautiful Norfork River! 


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Big Browns on Big Water

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    As usual, most of the big fish being caught on streamers this past week have been caught by none other than "Big Fish Barry" Annalora. Barry employs a different technique than most streamer fisherman, but seeing the results he is constantly getting, others are quickly following suit. Most of the popular streamer patterns nowadays are combinations of deer hair and bucktails which provide great action, but are extremely bouyant and ride up in the water column allowing the angler too watch the fly and see most of the eats, which we all know is a shitload of fun. As most of you already know, the White River is wide open with flood gates. So it's the equivalent of about 10 generators, and with this extremely high water you need to get the flies down deeper into the water column to get to where the fish are. Barry uses Fish Skull heads on his streamers to get them down into the water column where they need to be. It takes away the fun of seeing the fly and watching the eat, but there is no doubt that it produces big fish. Book a trip with Barry now to get in on this action and learn from the master. You can either do it here on the website, or just give us a call to get real-time availability. Cheers, and see y'all on the river! 

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Gear for fishing the Ozark tailwaters.

One of the most confusing things to a novice angler is what type of gear to buy. It can get really confusing in regards to rod length and size and what brand etc. I've got a little free time, so hopefully I can help you decide the what and why's of it. 

Rods

  • The rod I use the most, and my favorite rod, is a 10'0" 4wt. This is primarily a low-water nymphing rod. Four weights are just fun and that extra foot of rod makes mending line a breeze. I prefer a 10 footer when teaching a novice angler too. It seems like that extra foot just makes the learning curve a little easier. 

  • My second rod is a multi-tasker. I like a 9'0" 6wt for deep nymphing. You know, big water and 10 feet deep with a hunk of lead to get the flies down. Not my preffered method, but neccessary on a tailwater system. This rod also doubles as my hopper rod in late summer. That added backbone makes turning over those big foam bugs a lot easier. And lastly, this rod pulls triple duty as my light generation, small to mid-sized streamer rod. I keep an extra spool handy with a 225-250 grain sink tip for light generation streamer sceanrios. (1/2 to 1 generator on the Fork and 1-3 generators on the White.) 

  • My third rod is a specialty rod for big streamers and big water. I prefer a 9'0" 8wt lined with a 330 grain Rio Outbound Short. 

Waders

  • There are a ton of waders out there that will get the job done, so you want to be sure of the customer service history and warranty of the company you are looking at. I think it's fair to say that Simms and Orvis are both companies that offer stellar customer service and warranty. That being said, the Simms G3 Guide and the Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible are the two best waders on the market for the money. 

Wading Boots       

  • The most important thing I can tell you about wading boots is that comfort is far more important than what the cool kids are wearing and what's popular. Everybody's feet are different and what one guy thinks are the best wading boots ever made may hurt the next guys feet and he hates them. I suggest you take your waders in the fly shop and try them all on. Having the coolest boots on the river doesn't mean much when you've got blisters and bunyons on your feet. As most of you know, felt soles are illegal in Missouri and some Western States. We've had great luck with the interchangeable sole system on the Korkers boots. It's definitely a nice option to be able to just change soles instead of having to buy a whole new pair of boots to fish different water. Felt is going to give you the best traction on slippery rocks hands down, but if that isn't an issue Simms and Orvis are now offering the Boa laceless system on thier boots as well. Most are available in felt or rubber, too.  


I hope this clears up some of your questions, especially in regards to rods and their uses. If you have any other questions, feel free to call us. Remember, the only stupid question is an unasked question. Cheers, and see y'all on the river. 


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