published March 13, 2009 by Ben Adams

Trout Fishing’s Double Grand Slam

Arkansas Trout Fishing Guide John BerryI had not fished in two days, and I was beginning to have withdrawal pains. I checked conditions and noted that the Norfork was off. The temperature was 30 degrees but the Weather Channel assured me that the temperature would climb to 39 degrees and there would be little wind and bountiful sunshine. I tried to tempt my wife, Lori, but she thought it was too cold. My yellow lab, Ellie had not recovered from the constant action of our last outing, so I decided to go by myself. I loaded my wader bag and rod case into my ancient Volvo and headed out.

When I arrived at the Ackerman access, I was surprised to see that mine was the only car there. I leisurely donned my waders and put my nine foot four weight fly rod together. I waded up stream and headed to one of my favorite spots. My rod was still rigged with a size eighteen zebra midge from my last fishing trip. I waded over to a nice run and began fishing. On the second cast I caught a small brook trout.
I immediately thought about the grand slam. The Arkansas grand slam is when you catch all four trout species that we have here, rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout, in one day.

Read the rest of John’s column in the Arkansas Fishing Forum.

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