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FinShepard Guide Service
& Fly Rod Education

Providing Everything You Need To Catch Fish On The Fly

Fish on the Fly

The River -

Blue Water. Green Moss. Brown Trout. We will be fishing the storied waters of the Little Red River, outside of Heber Springs, Ar. These waters are full of wild brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. It is a tailwater fishery, and the amount of generation from the dam will dictate the flows on any given day. So we'll be starting from a boat, but wade options are certainly available with the right flows.


The Goals -

#1) Catch Fish! The tactics I employ vary on a day-to-day basis, so we will fish to the fish based on ANY skill level or condition. However, if you'd like to get specific..

My goal as a guide goes far beyond putting a client on some fish. For the beginner/novice angler, I want you to leave at the end of the trip with new-found knowledge of the habits of trout and the tactics that we use catch them; so that it may serve as building blocks to become a better angler on the fly.


For the intermediate/advanced angler the goals can vary a little more depending on the angler's choosing. Do you want to learn how to tightline/euro nymph? Or some technical dry fly fishing? Or try to bring down the giant with an articulated streamer?

For the kids - make it fun! This is for kids that have or have not fly-fished.  We will focus not only on the fish, but the environment that surrounds them as well. We will work on casting, presenting the fly, and the proper techniques of catching and landing a fish. Along with that we will learn about the vast amount of aquatic and insect life the trout feed on and live amongst. At the end of the trip I will leave them with some flies, leader, and info to help keep them going.

For EVERY angler -

There is little more rewarding than to catch a fish on a fly. As an angler, you are so much more involved in the process that adds a much deeper connection to nature and the environs in which we are so fortunate to chase them. Fish on.


Full Day

8 Hrs of fishing. Trips will begin around 8 a.m. depending on the weather. Can arrange earlier wade-to-boat trips as well.


Wading is optional, but welcome. (I love to wade fish!) The client will be responsible for their own wading gear. Felt only wading boots. (No studs in the boat) 

All of the fishing gear you need will be provided. However, I do recommend if you have a personal rod that you like to use to bring it along as well. (It helps to learn with gear you are familiar with.) Lunches and drinks will be provided as well.

$300 - 1 angler, $350 - 2 anglers, $400 - 3 anglers


Half day

4 hrs of fishing. Option of morning or evening. Morning trips will start around 8 a.m. Evening trips will start between noon - 2 p.m depending on the season.

Wading is optional, and the client will be responsible for their own wading gear. 

$200 - 1 angler, $225 - 2 anglers, $275 - 3 anglers



A program for kids ages 8 - 18+ to focus on their fishing skillset; from casting and presenting a fly to knot-tying and and how to read water. But most importantly, teach them about the water and wilderness that surrounds the fish.


Further, its also about teaching the parents of the kids how to be involved with them on the water by teaching them the skills in putting together your own memorable trip- from the water you choose, fishing gear, clothing, and all of the little things that can make a big difference in enjoying the outdoors with your child.

Depending on age range and goals, we offer trips from 2hr, 4hrs, or 6hrs. (The younger the kid, the shorter the trip should be.) Snacks and drinks (for kids and adults) will be provided on 4hr+ trips.


2hrs - $95  4hrs - $195   6hrs - $290

Book Your Trip

To reserve your date, a $150 deposit per boat per day is required. This deposit can be paid via PayPal or Venmo. Please let us know if you prefer to send a check. At the end of your trip, you can pay the balance via credit card, check, PayPal or cash. Gratuity is customary, but not required.


The deposit will be completely refunded if your trip is cancelled due to weather or mechanical failure. Weather cancellations are at the discretion of the guide. If a client requests cancellation between 7 and 3 days before the trip, you are responsible for 50% of the trip price. If cancellation occurs within 48 hours of scheduled trip, the customer will be responsible for 100% of the trip price. Cancellations must be submitted by email in writing to

If you have any questions on availability or would like to go ahead and book your trip, please contact:

Jacob Gartner:

email - 

phone or text - 501-733-0495

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