Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Flows are on the decline and clarity has returned to the river quickly. Highwater rules apply: Fish the slow water, fish from shore wherever possible, and use big leader material. Large flies are extremely effective post-runoff.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 1,300 cfs at Granite; 2,500 cfs at Wellsville

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: 9am-6pm

Best stretch: North of Buena Vista.

Best access point: Granite, Hayden Meadows

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Stoneflies, caddis

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

Dry/dropper, shallow nymphing or streamers, right along the banks or in sheltered pocket water.

7-Day Forecast

Runoff peaked out on 7/2, and flows are steadily declining. Clarity is returning quickly, and by this weekend (7/13) we should see the return of quality float fishing levels. Wade fishing is starting to turn on in the upper basin, where golden stoneflies and yellow sallies are beginning to hatch.


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