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
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
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!
Multi fly nymph rigs combining large attractor/stonefly with midge/mayfly, dry/dropper in shallower water. Dry/dropper during afternoons into the evening.
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.