Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Current velocity has been greatly reduced with the drop in flows. This, coupled with abundant food, has encouraged many fish to spread out through the habitat, making more of the river productive for fishing.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
SoCo Guides
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: ~220 at Granite; ~360 at Wellsville

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Best stretch: Water temperatures are warmer from Big Bend area on downstream through Bighorn Sheep Canyon. So, over that 40+ miles, anglers will find more actively feeding fish than further upstream where water temperatures are colder.

Best access point: Big Bend area, Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Blue wing olive mayflies Midges Drifting Caddis Larvae Golden stonefly nymphs

Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime March 1 - October 31)

Nearest airport: Colorado Springs Airport

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Arkansas River Description

The Arkansas River traverses about ninety miles between its headwaters above Leadville to the point where it rolls onto the prairie near Canon City. Over that distance, it flows through a high alpine meadow, drops through steep canyons of granite boulders and Ponderosa Pine, and courses through a high desert canyon. In each environment, populations of wild brown trout inhabit a river environment that teems ...

Techniques & Tips

Multi fly nymph rigs combining large attractor/stonefly with midge/mayfly, dry/dropper in shallower water. Dry/dropper during afternoons into the evening.

7-Day Forecast

4/13/17- Great spring fishing conditions this week. Warmish with a fair bit of clouds means blue wing olive mayflies will be hatching. Also have good midge activity in the mornings and opportunistic edgewater action late in the day. We will likely see caddis hatches begin in lower Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the next week.

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