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Arkansas River (Salida to Canon City)

Rating - Very_Good   

Wednesday, Sep 21 2022
The Arkansas is not experiencing any of the water temperature issues that other rivers are facing at the moment and our trout population is happy, healthy, and active. At these levels expect fish to move out of the fastest water into velocity shelters where they can hold/feed at a relaxed pace without expending much energy. Try to find areas with walking speed current along the banks, in pocket water, and in back eddys where deflection and friction slow the water down. Fish can really spread out throughout the river at current flows as more structure becomes usable, so don't expect every fish to be close to the bank like we see earlier in the summer. 3x-5x leader/tippet is what you'll want to pack. Golden stoneflies and grasshoppers are hatching and these flies are great dry options to prospect with in the higher summer flows. You may still encounter some yellow sally stoneflies, but we're seeing far more mayflies in the red quill and blue winged olive variety so use these insects to inform your selection of beadhead nymphs for droppers. Usually #16-18 patterns will cover both the nymph and dun phases of these mayfly hatches, but some of your red quills can be in the #12-14 range. Smaller baetis might be down to a #20. We're seeing sporadic tricos in #22-24, but thankfully fish don't seem to get as focused in on these mayflies as they do in other rivers. Smaller terrestrial patterns are also producing including ants, beetles, crickets, and moths.

About

The Arkansas River headwaters are high in the Colorado Rockies near Leadville. America¿s sixth largest river is considered a blue-ribbon trout stream, rated in the top 100 in brown trout fishing.

The stretch between Salida and Canon City has concentrations of brown trout from 2,000 to 5,000 fish per mile, offering ample opportunities for all anglers.

This river has heavy pressure from March to November and is renowned for fly fishing.

There are heavily regulated rainbow trout in the river that must be returned live to the water.

The best stretches for trout are slow-moving eddies where the water flows at less than 1200 cubic feet per second.

Techniques & Tips

The best fishing is in the Royal Gorge, an area with limited land access. Floating the river in rafts, inflatable kayaks or float tubes is the preferred method in catching brown trout.

The caddis fly hatch around Mother¿s Day is considered the best time to fish, and tossing dry caddis flies gets the brown¿s attention.

Winter midge fishing offers another good opportunity in a less populated time of the year.

The best area to fish is in smooth pools alongside the faster-moving central current or in letting flies work around boulders to the backside opposite the current.






Wednesday, Sep 21 2022




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Arkansas River (Salida to Canon City)


Rating - Very_Good

The Arkansas is not experiencing any of the water temperature issues that other rivers are facing at the moment and our trout population is happy, healthy, and active. At these levels expect fish to move out of the fastest water into velocity shelters where they can hold/feed at a relaxed pace without expending much energy. Try to find areas with walking speed current along the banks, in pocket water, and in back eddys where deflection and friction slow the water down. Fish can really spread out throughout the river at current flows as more structure becomes usable, so don't expect every fish to be close to the bank like we see earlier in the summer. 3x-5x leader/tippet is what you'll want to pack. Golden stoneflies and grasshoppers are hatching and these flies are great dry options to prospect with in the higher summer flows. You may still encounter some yellow sally stoneflies, but we're seeing far more mayflies in the red quill and blue winged olive variety so use these insects to inform your selection of beadhead nymphs for droppers. Usually #16-18 patterns will cover both the nymph and dun phases of these mayfly hatches, but some of your red quills can be in the #12-14 range. Smaller baetis might be down to a #20. We're seeing sporadic tricos in #22-24, but thankfully fish don't seem to get as focused in on these mayflies as they do in other rivers. Smaller terrestrial patterns are also producing including ants, beetles, crickets, and moths.

About

The Arkansas River headwaters are high in the Colorado Rockies near Leadville. America¿s sixth largest river is considered a blue-ribbon trout stream, rated in the top 100 in brown trout fishing.

The stretch between Salida and Canon City has concentrations of brown trout from 2,000 to 5,000 fish per mile, offering ample opportunities for all anglers.

This river has heavy pressure from March to November and is renowned for fly fishing.

There are heavily regulated rainbow trout in the river that must be returned live to the water.

The best stretches for trout are slow-moving eddies where the water flows at less than 1200 cubic feet per second.

Techniques & Tips

The best fishing is in the Royal Gorge, an area with limited land access. Floating the river in rafts, inflatable kayaks or float tubes is the preferred method in catching brown trout.

The caddis fly hatch around Mother¿s Day is considered the best time to fish, and tossing dry caddis flies gets the brown¿s attention.

Winter midge fishing offers another good opportunity in a less populated time of the year.

The best area to fish is in smooth pools alongside the faster-moving central current or in letting flies work around boulders to the backside opposite the current.


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