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Ken is the owner and operator of Ken Minsky’s Loch Leven providing guide service
for fly fishermen on the world famous White and Norfork Rivers of northwest Arkansas’s
Much has been written over the years about the fantastic fly fishing available on
those storied tail waters. What has been kept more of a secret is the incredible
fly fishing opportunities to be found on nearby Bull Shoals Lake.
Since moving to the area in 1996 and building his home on Bull Shoals Lake. Ken
has become an expert at finding and catching the beautiful brown and rainbow trout
inhabiting the rivers. Ken has also spent considerable time unlocking the secrets
of fly fishing for the many other species of fish found in the deep, clear waters
of Bull Shoals Lake.
Over the years Bull Shoals has built a reputation as being one of the best bass
producing lakes in the nation. Many people travel to the area every year to try
their hand with traditional spin and bait casting gear for both large and smallmouth
bass. Let Ken share his secrets with you on how to get not only bass in the boat
with a fly rod but the elusive and highly regarded Walleye as well.
Growing up in northern Michigan and spending his summers as a “boat boy” at his
uncle’s resort in northern Wisconsin. Ken has spent his entire life fishing or taking
people fishing. So it came at no surprise that Ken would decide to start a guiding
business to supplement his regular gig as a twenty year veteran with the United States
Government in disaster management.
Along those same lines Ken also picked up hunting, shooting and trapping at a young
age and still enjoys many days in the field or range when not fishing. He has also
become very proficient with the use of the shotgun and is a Level 1 Shooting Instructor
with the National Sporting Clays Association.
Let Ken put the fun, fish and clay busting into your trip to the Ozarks. Whether
you’re an expert with rod and gun, a beginner wanting to learn or a spouse of an
outdoor enthusiast who would like to spend a little more time with a loved one. Ken
has all you will need to make sure you go away with a trip of a life time. Bring
your gear or let Ken provide it for you. Ken has the patience, experience and know
how to make sure you’ll want to make fly fishing and shooting with Ken Minsky’s Loch
Leven a part of your next trip to the Ozarks.
Meet Your Guide
When Ken decided to get into the guiding business he wanted to offer his clients
more than the run of the mill White River Johnboat. He wanted to offer the same
kind of fishing experience fly fishing anglers enjoy on the rivers of today’s American
west. The Drift Boat experience, long quiet drifts through prime water with the
added benefit of precise boat positioning, compliments of the man on the oars.
The boat of choice for Ozark Rivers has long been the long and narrow White River
Johnboat. Put into service long before rail cars and automobiles were around and
were used to haul cargo and for general transportation. The long and narrow design
made it a good choice for navigating the rivers “skinny” water areas while still
being able to haul a substantial load.
When outfitters started springing up in the early part of the 1900’s offering sport
fishing and float trips they naturally used the same boats that had been used for
Well, like everything else time changes everything and so it goes for the traditional
White River Johnboat (for fly fishing anyway). With more and more people having
traveled to our western rivers and experiencing fly fishing from the boat of choice
on those waters. It only makes sense that the drift boat would soon catch on in
the Ozarks too.
With stable flat bottoms, up swept ends, knee braces and a strong back on the oars
today’s modern drift boats offer everything a fly fisher could ask for. Except one
thing, the ability to fish that special piece of water again. Once you’ve past it,
you’re done and moving on to the next stretch of river. The one advantage the White
River Johnboat has over the traditional drift boat.
Until now that is. Let Ken guide you along the river in the comfort of his custom
built 18’ Hyde Power Drifter the Loch Leven. Custom built to his specifications
to provide you with all day comfort while fishing for the big ones. Stay dry and
secure with custom knee bracing and flat non skid casting decks. Thrill to the catch
of another trophy trout with the security of muti positioning knee braces, both forward
Relax in comfort with unmatched seating configurations and padded swivel seats that
are a pleasure to get into and easy to get up from. Custom oars and anchoring allow
for precise boat control. Whether you’re a tournament caster or someone needing
to get “just a little closer”, the Loch Leven will put and keep you right where you
need to be.
To top it off the Loch Leven feathers a 60hp Evinrude E-Tec Jet Drive outboard motor.
Gone are the days of being limited to just a down stream drift or not being able
to take another shot at that special piece of water. Put in up stream or down, power
to the best holes and drift back down again. No more waiting for shuttles or a long
trip back to your car.
Ken Minsky’s Loch Leven offers all the advantages of the traditional White River
Drift boats maneuverability with the classic comfort and security of western style
Give Ken a call today to plan your next angling adventure in the Ozarks. Whether
lake or river, Ken Minsky’s Loch Leven is equally suited to bring you the utmost
in angling comfort and security.