Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Outstanding conditions on the upper Arkansas River! Golden stoneflies, pale morning duns and caddis are the primary menu items, with gray drakes on the northern river near Leadville. The dry and dry-dropper fishing has been excellent. Work your flies along the banks or any velocity shelter you find where fish can get out of the faster main current. Conditions are great both for wade fishing and float fishing at current flows.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Hot!

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 250 cfs at Hayden Meadows, 550 cfs at Granite; 760 cfs at Wellsville

Visibility: 50 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 59 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9am-7pm

Best stretch: Leadville down to Coaldale

Best access point: Hayden Meadows, Granite, Buena Vista, Big Bend, County Line, Vallie Bridge.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Golden Stoneflies, Caddis, Pale Morning Duns, Gray Drakes, Grasshoppers.

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 flies, dry-dropper or shallow nymphing along the dges and in pocket water.

7-Day Forecast

Warm weather in the forecast! Conditions look clear, and the river should be in excellent shape this weekend. Conditions are great both for wade fishing and float fishing at current flows.


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