The Buffalo River near Yellville, Arkansas, was America’s first National River, a jewel in the southern Ozarks kept wild and clean for generations. Limited access through a permit system makes any trip here special. Drifting the Buffalo in May with a group of friends makes it a lifetime memory.
Smallmouth bass are the main event, with
plucky sunfish, Ozark bass, and longnose gar
on the undercard. Stir in guides, cooks, and
a balmy spring weekend, and the Buffalo
River offers the perfect venue for a group
of fishing buddies looking to get lost.
Buffalo River National Park was the scene of Tosh Brown’s smallmouth expedition. The trip was organized by Steve Dally at Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher, which holds permits for a limited number of trips each year. Learn more at www.TheOzarkFlyFisher.com.