Since I'm planning on fishing the Arkansas later this month for the caddis hatch and since I've never fished this river before I drove over today to check things out and even fish a bit. I stopped at the Arkanglers shop in town and met a couple of really nice guys who sold me some flies and offered some good advice about the current conditions. The river flow is healthy, not too bad, with visibility of a little less than two feet or so. The skies were clear, temps in the low 50's and the wind was pretty gusty (very gusty at times) on the river. I fished a 18 bead head flashback pheasant tail above an emerger and caught two browns of about 11-12 inches fairly quickly then things slowed down and caught nothing else in the three hours I fished. Both fish were caught in fast current below large rocks about 20 feet off shore. The Arkanglers fellows said the caddis hatch was nowhere near at present and my plans on being there later this month sounded pretty good to them. A fisherman from Oklahoma I spoke with on the river had been here for some days and said this year the weather was pretty cold and windy compared to previous years' trips at this same week. I was really impressed with the Arkansas and am looking forward to some dry fly fishing on this river later this season.