Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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As the weather warms and more food becomes available, fish are beginning to spread out and occupy more of the shallow riffles, runs, and pocket water where they can intercept vulnerable. With blue winged olive hatches underway, we are finally beginning to see more concentrated surface feeding. Midges and golden stonefly nymphs are still very important, but make sure you pack some baetis nymphs, emergers, and dun patterns for the afternoons! Caddis larva are also of growing importance, with free-living caddis hatches sporadically beginning below Salida and brachycentrus caddis hatches a couple weeks out.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 100 cfs at Hayden Meadows, 246 cfs at Granite; 350 cfs at Wellsville

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9am-5:00pm

Best stretch: Howard, Wellsville, Salida, Big Bend, Buena Vista

Best access point: Big Bend, Salida East, Wellsville, Vallie Bridge, BV River Park.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Blue winged olives, midge larva/pupa, molting stonefly nymphs, caddis larva.

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

Nymphing is your most productive method, but dry and dry-dropper fishing is now beginning to become more effective witht the addition of blue winged olives to the menu. Match the hatch when you see fish feeding on the surface, but don't be afraid to prospect with a dry-dropper rig through the shallows in the afternoon.

7-Day Forecast

50s-60s for the forseeable future, with sunny weather through the weekend. Next week we have a chance of some cloud cover and precipitation starting on Tuesday 4/13, which could make ideal conditions for blue winged olive hatches and dry fly fishing.


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