Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Arkansas River, CO
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Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Temperatures have cooled down and the river will be productive throughout the day. Nymphing is effective, but a dry-dropper rig with a large attractor dry on top in tandem with blue winged olive nymphs is a good all-around approach throughout the day. Baetis will usually make themselves known early afternoon, particularly on cloudy days.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 90 cfs at Hayden Meadows, 120 cfs at Granite; 295 cfs at Wellsville

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9am and beyond

Best stretch: Leadville down to Coaldale

Best access point: Hayden Meadows, Granite, Buena Vista, Big Bend, Salida East, Rincon, Vallie Bridge.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Blue winged olives, golden stoneflies, midges, grasshoppers, caddis.

Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout

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

Nearest airport: Colorado Springs Airport

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Nymping in the morning, dry-dropper during the mid-day and afternoon. Switch to small dry flies when you encounter a blue winged olive hatch.

7-Day Forecast

Temperate weather is forecasted for the next week, with highs in the 60s and 70s and nighttime lows in the high 30s to 40s. These temperatures should make for good conditions on the river throughout the day.


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