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August 6, 2012

Article: Among the Hogs

If you missed it in the paper format, my article from the Fall 2011 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine, on the White River's fabulous fall brown trout fishery in Arkansas, is now available online for free:

"Woooooo! Pig! Sooooiiiieeee!”

The tinny crackle of the radio broadcast sounded weakly from under the drift boat seat. One hundred miles away, 78,000 red-clad Arkansas Razorbacks fans “called the Hogs” right before kickoff, as I watched a cruising brown trout lazily wave its tail in the current.

The trout, I realized, strongly resembled the football that was about to be placed on the hash mark. In the old days, if you mentioned Arkansas in conversation anywhere outside the state, you immediately conjured up images of Jed Clampett, moonshine, and banjos. Now, those stereotypes are being replaced. Ask people today what they know about Arkansas, and they’re now more likely to mention Walmart, Razorback football, and brown trout fishing. Walmart is open 24/7, but football and trout fishing both kick off in earnest in the fall..."

Keep reading on FlyFisherman.com!