Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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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: 121 at Granite; 286 at Wellsville

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 7:00 am to 2:00 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 Red Quills Terrestrials 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

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

7-Day Forecast

8/23/18: The low flows this summer have left us with exceptionally healthy trout on the Arkansas. Current flows are ideal for wading, and are still floatable around Salida if you are well-acquainted with the river. Water temperature isn't much of a concern at this point with both the nighttime and daytime temperatures dropping a bit and cooling the river, combined with largely cloudy weather this week.

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