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Spring River, Mammoth Spring, AR

by Martin Weaver
(Mustang, OK)

My son and I were fishing on a guided float trip in Mountain Home, AR. The flows on the White and North Fork were way to high to safely wade fish. Our guide suggested to travel to Mammoth Spring, about an hour and 20 minute drive to fish the Spring River. We drove over to the fish hatchery below Mammoth Spring and found a great "Tenkara" friendly river. We fished for about two hours and caught a few rainbows with our TUSA Sate and TFO Softhackle rods. The temperature when we started was 29 degrees and it warmed up to 31 about the time we finished. Besides he challenging temperatures it was freezing drizzling about half the time. Our rods had ice on them most of the time. We did have a great time. If you are ever in the northeast part of Arkansas we would highly recommend stopping by the Spring River. Happy fishing!!

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Feb 16, 2016
In the 'old days'...
by: Ted Krueger

I used to fish the White below Beaver Lake in all kinds of weather. What I remember of the very cold days was breaking the ice out of the rod tip and snake guides with hands already cold and wet from stripping line. With fixed-line fishing, these things are no longer necessary.

Feb 17, 2016
Spring River
by: Martin

The ice was not a real problem. It did become an issue when we started to close them. The ice would accumulate at the joints but could be wiped off pretty easily. We did disassemble and dry the rods when we got back to our cabin. A new Tenkara experience!

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