Monday, March 2, 2009

Trout Unlimited Scores in Arkansas

This past Fall, Trout Unlimited continued filming their new television show, On The Rise, in the famed waters of north central Arkansas. The episodes took place on the White, Norfork, and Little Red rivers encompassing 2 full episodes of footage which will be shown on the Outdoor channel on Friday March 6 and 13th.

Trout Unlimited sponsors the series by showing some of the nations most amazing trout fisheries that are also under stress from various reasons ranging from reduced water flows to contamination. On The Rise host Frank Smethurst, a highly respected name in the fly fishing world, and a crew of camera and audio personnel document their experiences and Frank's catches on these various rivers. It is an exciting yet conservation geared show.

“All my life I’ve heard about the White, Norfork and Little Red,” Smethurst said Sunday night just minutes after unpacking gear. “This is going to be quite a week. You just can’t understand how excited we are to be here and to fish these rivers.”

TU struck gold, literally, when they were able to film the largest trout ever caught on camera as well as a plethora of trout exceeding 20 inches long. The large male brown trout came from the White river and was caught on Frank's first cast. It measured 35 inches and had an estimated weight of 15-20 pounds. Many of the other large fish were taken on streamer flies, shown below, on the Little Red River which will be shown the following week on the 13th.

Both episodes will surely be amazing as well as make fly fishing film history. Tune in to the Outdoor channel and for more information on fishing in Arkansas contact the Ozark Angler fly shop in Heber Springs.

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