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
Try nymphing in the morning and switching to a dry-dropper setup mid-day. Fish are definitely starting to congregate near the deeper runs, but are still typically in faster water than what you might consider "winter water". Be very stealthy with the low flows. Fish can spread out throughout the river channel so pick apart all potential holding areas thoroughly; don't just fish along the bank like you would through the summer months.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 100 at Granite; 250 at Wellsville

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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:


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 Deep Dry-Dropper. Streamers on cloudy days.

7-Day Forecast

11/8/18: Thursday through Saturday look to be in the mid-40s and sunny, which is perfect for this time of year. Sunday and Monday drop into the 30s with a chance of snow, so make the most of the next couple of days.

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