May 31st, 2004|
For almost a century and a half, float-fishing
trips on the White River have endured the test
of time as a mainstay of the Ozarks tourism
economy. In the days before the construction
of a series of hydroelectric dams that created
Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals
Lakes, the White River drew anglers from all
over the world seeking Smallmouth Bass. Several
float-fishing outfitters regularly plied the river's
waters with "sports," loaded two to a boat, in long,
narrow jon boats beginning near the headwaters of
the White River in the hills of Northwest Arkansas
and continuing through the stretches of the River
in Southwest Missouri until the river enters the
agricultural plains of Northeast Arkansas. Many
of these legendary floats were as much as ten days
long, covering hundreds of miles of pristine riverway.
The fly shop offers a wide array of fishing products ranging from Orvis and Sage to Scientific Anglers and Simms. They also stock a full line of fly-tying materials and tools including Umpqua, Wapsi, Dyna-King, Made2Fly, Hareline, and Cascade Crest, just to name a few. The third Saturday of every month, River Run offers free fly-tying classes to the public. They also offer classes in fishing tactics and techniques and fly-casting in addition to half-day and full day wade or float fishing trips.
River Run's fly shop hours of operation are from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, seven days per week. They are located at 212 S. Commercial Street, Branson, Missouri 65616. They can be reached toll free by phone at 877-699-FISH or on the Web at www.RiverRunOutfitters.com. The photo on the left is River Run Guide, Phil Surat, with the author after a day on the water. ~ Ken
About Ken:Ken graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1988, and spent the next several years serving in the United States Navy as an intelligence analyst and Russian Language translator. He is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Leaving the nation's service in 1993.
Ken is also a published outdoor writer and historian, having penned articles and stories that have appeared in several national hunting publications like North American Hunter magazine, on GunMuse.com, in regional and local newspapers, and historical and literary journals. He also provides hunting and dog training seminars for Bass Pro Shops and other sporting goods retailers nationwide and works with other outdoors businesses and conservation organizations in the fields of public relations, promotional marketing, fund-raising, and advertising. He also is a partner in Silver Mallard Properties, LLC. He currently resides with his wife, Wilma, their Weimaraner, Smoky Joe, and their Labrador Retriever, Jake, in Branson, Missouri, where he founded the Branson/Tri-Lakes Chapter of Ducks Unlimited in 1998.
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