Welcome to CJ's White River Outfitter

CJ’s White River Outfitter targets Trout on both the Norfork and White River in North Arkansas, along with Smallmouth Bass on the beautiful Buffalo River and Crooked Creek—when the water is right. Between these fisheries there are many opportunities. We have a year around fishery. 

 We gladly welcome beginner fly fisherman on their new journey as well as the advanced fly fisherman on the hunt for large brown trout.  We have great streamer fishing in the winter, caddis in the spring and hoppers in the summer. Nymph fishing is all year long.  

Our team of guides are some of the best in the country and we are proud to have them! They eat, sleep and drink fly fishing.  What that means to you is our guides know where these fish are and how to catch them; on the slow days they will make a point to make sure you have a good day.  Our guides are very passionate about teaching the sport of Fly Fishing.  

Whether you are by yourself hunting a trophy; have a group of 20 and you just want to catch fish and have some fun, we can make it happen.  Contact us by phone or email and we will help you set up your fly fishing adventure here in the Ozarks..

A little bit about Chad "Mississippi" Johnson....

Chad "Mississippi" Johnson is a native of Crystal Springs, MS.  His love for fly fishing began after he first visited the area in the Spring of 2003. Chad and his wife, Tiffany moved into the White River area in July 2006. He has guided on the White River system since 2007. He has also guided out of Rocky River Lodge in Port Graham, Alaska in 2007 & 2010, for both Salmon & Dollie Varden seasons.   

With persistence & hard work, Chad has accomplished more than he could ever imagine.  He has been featured in several magazine publications such as Gray’s Sporting Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, American Angler, Fly Fisherman, & Outdoor Life.  He has also been featured in book such as “Nymph Masters: Fly Fishing Secrets from Expert Anglers” & “Feeding Time: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to What, Where & When Trout Eat” both by Jason Randall & “Strip-Set: Fly-Fishing Techniques, Tactics & Patterns for Streamers” by George Daniels.  He is currently working with Landon Mayer and Drew Chicone on their upcoming books. 

He is a Simms Guide Pro, RIO pro, Costa Del Mar Pro, Shawnee/Supreme/Predator pro staffer. 

As the Head Guide for Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher, Chad guides more than 200 days a year and is widely acknowledged as one of the best streamer guides in the country by high-profile streamer gurus like Blane Chocklett and Kelly Galloup.  He is a fly designer and an innovative and award-winning fly tyer who is sought after for his outstanding fly tying demonstrations. 

Chad’s laid-back Mississippi accent and style make him a crowd favorite everywhere he goes.

"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. Thanks to all of the support of the fly heads out there." -
Chad Johnson