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
Fish dries early and late in the day, and switch to nymphing or deep dry-dropper in the afternoons. Please take time to safely and thoroughly revive fish upon release.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 359 at Granite; 510 at Wellsville

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, 5pm til dark on clear, sunny days. Cloudy afternoons are good, too.

Best stretch: Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Granite, Hayden Meadows

Best access point: Vallie Brige, Rincon, Salida East, Big Bend, Granite, Kobe

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Golden Stoneflies Pale Morning Duns Red Quills Terrestrials Caddis Grey Drakes (Hayden Meadows)

Fish species: Brown and Rainbow Trout

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

Nearest airport: Colorado Springs Airport

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

Double-dry in the am, Dry-dropper/nymphing mid-day.

7-Day Forecast

8/2/18: Most afternoons in the next week have the potential for cloud cover and some precipitation, which is great for cooling down the valley and providing much needed rain, but can cause some discoloration in the river if a tributary gets significant moisture and gets dirty. As conditions change daily, we'll have our website ( updated to help steer everyone in the right direction, and away from dirty water (if there is any!) There are still large insects readily available, such as golden stoneflies and grasshoppers, but summer caddis and mayflies (red quills and pale morning duns) are an extremely important part of the menu through the end of August. Plan accordingly!

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