Friday Hot List for July 29


Written by: Phil Monahan



The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding.

Most Fridays, we highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend. Listening to Taylor Edrington’s video report make me want to fly out to Colorado right now. Seems like the Arkansas is on fire.


1. Bow River, Alberta

The folks at Country Pleasures say that, although stonefly hatches are tailing off, big dries are still producing fish and the large nymphs continue to be very effective, as well. Other great hatches include caddisflies and pale morning duns.

2. Crowsnest River, Alberta

Country Pleasures also reports that the Crowsnest River, while still high for this time of year, is fishing great. Golden Stones, PMD, Caddis, Green Drakes are top choices right now.

3. Miramichi River, New Brunswick

Wilson’s Sporting Camps reports that although anglers have been doing well with wet flies, “It looks like this week will be Bomber week.” The water continues to drop, and cool weather should prevail.

4. Grand River, Ontario

“The bugs are over till the hex at the end of of August.” says the report from  Grand River Troutfitters, “so fish minnow patterns, small crayfish and leech patterns.”

5. Provo River, Utah

The green drakes are now above hwy 40, according to Rocky Mountain Outfitters in Heber City. While the drake hatch is in its final days, fishing with PMDs and caddis in the evening has been excellent at times.

6. Arkansas River, Colorado

It’s hard to overstate how good the fishing is on the Arkansas River, as the above video makes clear. Dropping water levels mean the Arkansas currently offers the best dry fly fishing in the state, says the report from Royal Gorge Anglers. Your best bet is to fish big dries or a dry-dropper rig along the edge.

Reminder: For up-to-date fishing reports on your mobile device, don’t forget about the Orvis Fly-Fishing App.

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