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Chad Johnson Guide Service

Chad Johnson

Hello fellow anglers, my name is Chad Johnson, born in Mississippi in 1973, with rod in hand. I spent the next 32 years in Crystal Springs.  My dad was an angler & raised me just a 4-wheeler ride away from two great warm water fisheries, where we spent most of our time fishing for Catfish, Bass, & Blue Gill but never with the passion that I have found in fly fishing.

I began coming to the White River area for the first time in the spring of 2003 to fish for trout and small mouth bass. That's all it took to get me hooked and I begin making as many trips as possible to fish the area. Sometimes getting sidetracked fly fishing for Redfish on the coast but was always drawn back to the White River area.

In 2006, I decided trips were not enough; I sold my house, left my business and moved to the White River Area to pursue a career in fly fishing. Not long after making the move I joined my new fly fishing family at Mtn. River Fly Shop in Cotter AR, which is now known as Dally’s Ozark Fly Fishers.  They began letting me cut my teeth on guide trips with kids to Dry Run creek and teaching them the fun of fly fishing.  I soon bought a Drift boat & began guiding on the White & Norfork Rivers in 2007.  In the summer of 2007, I found myself guiding at the Rocky River Lodge in Port Graham, Alaska for Salmon & Dollies season & again in 2010.  Meanwhile, I worked the rest of the year at Dally’s Ozark Fly Fishers and guiding part time.  Over the last couple of years, I have found myself so busy with guiding that I have not been able to work in the Fly shop full time.   I am now finding myself consumed with the pursuit for big fish on big flies.  I guess the bottom line is there’s no better place to be than in the boat with a customer sharing this sport.  I love my job!

I had no idea that my move from Mississippi would land me on such a fast track to such an awesome fly fishing career.  After a little travel & years spent on the water, I realized that I found myself guiding on one of the best Rainbow & Brown Trout destinations in the country, where you can have great dry fly fishing during the spring, with very prolific Caddis & Mayfly hatches where every Rainbow in the river is feeding on dries & a big enough hatch to get the really nice browns going.  You may want to come in the summer when our hoppers are popping off; a little hopper dropper action.  If you are a fall fisherman & enjoy a little Nymph fishing, drift egg patterns with sow bug & midge droppers can be loads of fun.  If you are a little more advanced & don’t mind the cold, winter is the time for you, where we strip large streamers on sinking lines for trophy brown trout.

FYI: There is nymphing to be had through all seasons.  From beginners to advanced; first timers or anglers that have traveled the world, give me a call to book your guided fly fishing trip today.  I will design a trip that will accommodate your every need.  Come join the fun in the beautiful Ozarks.

If you want to have fun and catch fish call and book a trip with me for wade, river boat or drift boat fly fishing. You won't be disappointed but I can't promise you won't get hooked on our fishing paradise. 


Guided Fly Fishing

All full day trips include lunch, drinks, flies, boats (if necessary) & top of the line rods & reels (if you do not have your own).
Half days include all of the above excluding lunch.

  • Full Day—1 or 2 ppl-$400 per day
  • Full Day—3 ppl-$450 per day
  • Half day—1 or 2 ppl-$300
  • Dry Run Creek ½ day $225  for 1-2 kids—each additional child $25

8911 MC 7041
Flippin AR, 72635

Phone: 601-668-5545 ~ Chad Johnson
Email: mini.guide@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.theozarkflyfisher.com/