Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Arkansas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish the edges right along the banks with either streamers or large dry/dropper rigs. Clarity today is between 1' and 2.5', mostly limited to the edges. This means casting your flies within 1-3 ft. of the shoreline, and ignoring the fast, heavy current midstream. Large, dark profiled flies seem to be the ticket as the water is starting to murk up with incoming snowmelt.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: 550 cfs at Granite; 800 cfs at Wellsville

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: 9am-6pm

Best stretch: Hayden Meadows to Salida as of 5/17

Best access point: Salida East, Big Bend, BV River Park, Granite, Kobe

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis, drifting stonefly nymphs

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/dropper or streamers, right along the banks.

7-Day Forecast

We are seeing significant changes in water clarity in the river as snowmelt begins to enter tributaries. Today (5/17), Saturday and Sunday are all forecasted as cooler, cloudy, and possibly rainy. This overcast cooldown may help slow down snowmelt over the weekend, and prevent the river from becoming completely unfishable. Don't expect clean water, but if we can hold around 2' of clarity, the weekend fishing could be very productive.


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