Phil I can fill ya in on the flow program over a beer if ya want sometime as I dont have the time to type it all here but the short if it is that..
The fisherfolks want very low water in the spring and for the caddis hatch. This is for fry emergence and IMO also so all the fish are pooled up and easier to catch. This is ONLY done for the DOW and fishermen as DNR, CSU, and boaters would like to see this water released in the spring so we all can boat on it. IMO a 100 more cfs in the ditch in April/March or Sept/Oct will not hurt the fishery at all.. The DOW will site a study done in 2002 (IMO it should also be thrown out as the 100 yr drought it is not a correct data set to base anything off of) and will fight tooth and nail to force the release of this water in the winter and not the fall or summer.
Private boaters can have a voice in all of this so let your CTF rep know that you want to see more flows in the shoulder seasons as your #1 priority in the management plan review of the ARK that is coming up. Here is the tread - Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan Review by CTF
Let Leslie our private boater rep know what you want and tell her to fight for it...
That is the short and hit me up sometime for the long version if you want.