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 definitely congregating in "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 3-6' deep, no faster than walking speed current. Water that receives plenty of sunlight will probably be your best bet, from 10am-3pm.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Breckenridge outfitters

Water flow: ICY at Granite; 259 at Wellsville

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 10am-3pm

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


7-Day Forecast

1/17/19: We should have great conditions on the river through the weekend with daytime temp's in the high 30s and 40s, and Monday looks to cool back down and bring snow to the valley. While the river has opened up a lot since last week, some of the more shaded regions have considerable shelf ice along the edges that's pretty unstable. Watch your step!

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