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 are congregated in or near "winter water": slower, deeper runs or pools where they don't need to work hard for food, but still have cover from predators. Focus on water 3-5' deep, no faster than walking speed current. Water that receives plenty of sunlight will probably be your best bet, from 10am-4pm. On the warmest days, we are beginning to see fish spread out into shallower areas to warm up and feed. As additional water is released from Twin Lakes up north of Buena Vista, the river is scouring the edges and at times you'll find the river stained. Even so, there's several feet of visibility and the fish haven't seemed too fazed by the change.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 567 cfs at Granite; 770 cfs at Wellsville

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: 10am-4pm

Best stretch: Bighorn Sheep Canyon, Bend Bend to Salida

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, blue winged olives, molting golden stonefly nymphs, sporadic drifts of caddis larva and cranefly larva

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

Nymphing, or dry/dropper through shallower runs. Switch to a dry fly when you encounter rising fish.

7-Day Forecast

3/20/19: The river is open and flowing relatively high for March. With higher flows, scouring is occuring and the river is off-color, with 2-4' of visibility near Salida. Things should stabilize by the end of this week. St. Patrick's Day brought on our first bonafide blue winged olive sighting of the spring, so the next couple weeks will offer our first significant dry fly opportunities of the year!

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