- John Brandon
- April 7th, 2016
I was raised in the Ozarks and developed my love of smallmouth fishing at a time I lived on a little Arkansas smallmouth stream while attending the University of Arkansas. I didn’t know Dennis until a few years ago when I found his website and booked my first float trip with him. After wading smallmouth streams in Oklahoma’s Kiamichi mountains for some 25 years by myself it was easy to get used to the easier pace of someone paddling me down a clear cool stream in the Ozarks and exchanging stories about nearly every subject except politics and religion and stopping in some beautiful place to have our shore lunches and more stories. I’ve learned a lot about the early days in the Ozarks that I never knew even though I grew up there as well as a lot about the finer points of smallmouth fishing. After these few years, I now count Dennis as not only my fishing guide but one of my very good friends. We share stories long distance all year long even when we are unable to get together for a float trip. I’m always looking forward to my next trip with Dennis knowing that we don’t go if conditions aren’t right for a pleasant experience.