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Ackerman loved to help struggling fishermen

The great Arkansas tailwater trout fisheries lost a wonderful friend Monday with the passing of Fayetteville’s Bill Ackerman.

One of the first on the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to take a huge interest in our state’s cold water fisheries, Ackerman’s name is on a magnificent walk-in access with a handicap fishing pier just below the catch and release area of the Norfork River.

It marks the start of one of the world’s great stretches of trout fishing. It is a bucket list destination.

In my fly fishing travels, if I tell someone I’m from Arkansas, soon they ask, “Do you fish above Ackerman’s?