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Water flow: 386 at Granite, 736 at Wellsville
Visibility: 18 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: 9:00 to 5:00
Best stretch: Hayden Meadows to Coaldale
Best access point: Hayden Meadows to Coaldale
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Blue wing olive mayflies - river-wide Salmonflies - Big Bend to Swissvale Caddis - Buena Vista to Ruby Mountain, depending on water temperatures Golden stonefly nymphs migrating toward shoreline
Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime March 1 - October 31)
Nearest airport: Colorado Springs Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 4X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout WF
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 ...
with mayflies, stoneflies, caddis. Small wonder that the Arkansas River was named Colorado's most popular fishery in a recent Division of Wildlife survey.
Along the banks of this river sit two remarkable mountain communities - Salida and Buena Vista. ArkAnglers has fly shops in both towns and our guide service spans the entire ninety miles of river, as well high mountain lakes on the Continental Divide, tributary streams, segments of the upper South Platte River, and some mid-elevation lakes known for their burgeoning trout populations. The range of altitude and climate in the upper Arkansas River valley allows us to guide year-round, the river providing a continuous supply of aquatic foodstuffs that keep fish active even in the winter. Contact us for a complete menu of trip options or for help in planning your visit!
Focus on the edges with stonefly dries, dry-dropper, and streamers. Double nymph rigs with stonefly and/or large attractor.
Week of May 20 - Cool through Wednesday so expecting declining flows and improving visibility. Warmer weather heading into the weekend may generate rising flows by then.