I loved fly fishing at Cow Shoals Access on the Little Red River when I lived here in North-Central Arkansas back in the mid-90's. I'd get up early and drive down there from Fairfield Bay, about a one-hour drive, timed to arrive just before sunrise. Cow Shoals has a few parking spots, and if it's full, you can always park along the road.
My father used to fly fish. He would tie his own flies in our basement, sitting at an old roll-top desk, a fire burning in the fireplace, our black lab Dixie curled up at his feet.
I tried fly fishing for a while, and became pretty good at casting. I could toss that little fly pretty far, and accurately too. But I wasn't very good and landing the fish! I prefer spinning reels to this day.
I took a short day trip to the Greer's Ferry Dam Site, and drove around the area taking photos. Cow Shoals was right along the way, so I stopped in and captured these images on Sunday, September 20th, 2016.
The man in the photos below casts with such a fluid grace. I sat down at just watched him for at least 15 minutes. He noticed me watching and just smiled. I then took a few shots, and wanted to share them with you.
The first two photographs show the back swing and the cast. I love the fluorescent green line.
This shot was intended to show the beauty of the river. I was lucky to get another fantastic cast!