LITTLE RED RIVER
The Little Red River in Arkansas is a very special place to Rock Monkey Outfitters. Close to our headquarters and home to our sponsored fishing guide, Beau’s Guide Service, every weekend we spend on the river is chock-full of memories, fellowship, and plenty of trout.
Photo – Mandy Schrader
Our Fall ’16 Retreat attempted to match magical location with the best of company. We had friends old and new come from all around to join in on living the dream, so we must take a moment to introduce them. Beau Saunders and company set us up in an amazing cabin as always, while serving as our guides to the river and the storied trout that inhabit its waters. We flew in long-time friend Brian Middleton from North Carolina where he is an avid fly fisherman and has contributed artistic designs for some of our shirts. Ben Woodard and friends of the new Woodard Rod Co. joined in as well to outfit the boys with excellent fishing equipment. Team Rock Monkey was present in official capacity with CEO/Founder, Jordan Mountjoy // Sales Rep., Brian Quinn // Brand Developer, Tanner Burge // and Lead Photographer, Mandy Schrader making an appearance as well. Aside from Mandy and Tanner providing photos, we invited several other amazing photographers you should check out: Andrew Winn // Andrew McNeese // Jeremiah Holman. Speaking of photographers, we hope this photo story can help you share in our experiences of a weekend on the stream of our dreams.
Cabin on Rainbow Island. Shot by Tanner Burge Shot by Mandy Schrader
Our home for the weekend was an amazing cabin on what is known as Rainbow Island, the only inhabited island on the Little Red River. The water levels were unusually low which actually led to our advantage as we were on a section of river than many others could not reach, so the trout were ours for the taking. Fishing all day and telling the tales around a campfire all night. That’s living the dream.
Shot by Tanner Burge Shot by Tanner Burge
The Stream of Your Dreams
Shot by Andrew Winn
“The first morning consisted of taking photos, fascination in the craft of fly fishing, and enjoying in the moment. Being in Beau’s boat, it wasn’t hard to see his true passion and love for the river and fishing. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.”
– Photographer, Andrew Winn
Andrew Winn (@winnterfresh) // Shot by Andrew McNeese
Mornings on the Little Red River are about as magical as they come. The cool waters and frequent fog generated by the dam upstream, the beautifully patterned trout, and the colors of autumn in Arkansas make for an impossible to replicate experience.
Shot by Andrew McNeese Brian Middleton // Shot by Andrew Winn New RMO Flannel // Shot by Andrew McNeese Shot by Jeremiah Holman
“I don’t fly fish as often as I’d like, but I don’t think anyone really does. There is a rush that comes with having felt that connection with nature, picking out the perfect fly, casting the perfect line, or releasing the most colorful trout you’ve ever seen by hand that some people continue to chase forever. That’s what I love about guys like Beau. He’s living the dream.”
– Brand Developer, Tanner Burge
The man, myth, and legend – Beau Saunders // Shot by Andrew Winn Brian Middleton setting a hook in a brown trout – Shot by Tanner Burge Shot by Jeremiah Holman
About the Trout
Shot by Mandy Schrader
The Little Red River contains mostly Rainbow Trout that are stocked by the thousands at by Greers Ferry Hatchery, but this river is also the only stream in Arkansas to have naturally reproducing Brown Trout. The “brownies” are what make this little place famous. This humble stream once boasted the world record Brown Trout (40 pound, 4 ounce) caught by Howard “Rip” Collins in 1992. There are some Brook Trout and Cutthroat in certain sections, but you are guaranteed plenty of Rainbows and some beautiful Browns, especially close to spawn.
Andrew McNeese with his personal best Brown // Shot by Andrew Winn Brand Developer, Tanner Burge // Shot by Andrew Winn
We want to give an extra thank you and shout out to our friend Brian Middleton for coming to live the dream with us just a few weeks before his own wedding (also thank you to his wife). Beau Saunders and the guys of Beau’s Guide Service, as always, were wonderful hosts and we can’t recommend them enough. Just check out their Instagram feed to see the amazing fish they can put you on top of. Don’t forget to follow our photographers featured here as well. They made choosing post-worthy shots extremely difficult. Here’s to another year of Living the Dream with Team Rock Monkey!
Beau Saunders // Shot by Mandy Schrader Shot by Andrew Winn