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Guide Services

Spring River Flies and Guides is the sole fly fishing outfitter and guide service located on the Spring River in North Central Arkansas. Owned and operated by Mark Crawford, Spring River Flies and Guides provides half- and full-day fly fishing float trips.


With over 20-years guiding on the Spring River, our guides have the experience and knowledge to ensure you have an enjoyable and successful fly fishing experience. Our trips can be tailored to your fishing ability. Whether you are new to fly fishing or an experienced angler, our guides will ensure you'll have an enjoyable and safe day on the Spring River. 

Our Hyde drift boats and rafts provide a stable, comfortable and safe fishing platform and allow our guides to access portions of the Spring River that are not accessible by wading and to cover the majority of the river system that is habitable to trout. 

Attention: Valid Arkansas fishing licenses and trout permit are required and are not provided.  Fishing licenses may be purchased online at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website. 




Approx. 4-hour float trip for one or two anglers. Includes use of fly rods and flies. Non-alcoholic beverages provided. 




Approx. 8-hour float trip for one or two anglers. Includes use of fly rods and flies. Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages provided. 

Our Guides




Mark Crawford

Owner / Guide

Mark has over 14 years experience guiding on the Spring River. His knowledge of the fishery and his laid back attitude ensures you'll have a wonderful day on the river. 

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Hunter Crawford

Production Tyer / Future of the Business / Full time Guide

Hunter is often manning the Fly Shop and helps coordinate pick-ups after your day on the river. 




Steve Flanery

Guide / Production Tyer

Steve is a life-long fisherman and has extensive knowledge of the Spring River fishery. 

Benjamin Wiltz

Full time Guide

Ben is our teacher and true fly fishing addict. On his days off he is always chasing fish. Ben has been working with SRFG for over 3 years and does an excellent job of getting the clients on the fish.

Shawn Lindberg

Streamer expert/ Production tyer / Full time Guide

   Shawn has been an avid fisherman all his life, but once he picked up a fly rod it changed his life. Soon after he started fly fishing, he dove into the art of fly tying and spends hours behind the vice, He ties everything from size 18 Midges to large articulated streamers. Shawn is definitely the streamer junkie of the group and chances are on his days off he's probably on the water with an 8wt in his hands, chucking meat at the banks, hunting for the big brown trout that live in the Spring River.

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