The Arkansas has been fishing well as of late but we will be seeing some drastic changes to the river this next week. Starting tomorrow, August 15th, water being released from Twin Lakes Reservoir will be incrementally lowered until the Arkansas is at native flow, which will be somewhere around 300 cfs. The lower flows can still be floatable but make for some outstanding wade fishing conditions.
Look for fish in fast riffles and pocket water, the more oxygenated the water the better this time of year. Midges, Baetis, Caddis and Stoneflies have all been on the menu lately. Heavier hopper dropper and nymph rigs will be the ticket to get down quickly to feeding fish in the faster moving water.
We have some much cooler weather in the forecast and it looks like we will be in the low to mid 70’s with daily afternoon rain showers for the remainder of August. This cool down is perfect timing with the drop in river flows, water temps should stay cool and the fish should stay happy!
Give us a call or swing by the shop if you are getting out and need bugs or just some friendly advice. We are open and booking trips 7 days a week.
Two Bit Hooker Red #14-16, Duracell’s #14-16, Frenchies #14-18, Roza’s Dark Neon Jig #16-18, Holo Point Jig #14-18, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig #14-18, Jakes Soft Hackle Perdigon #16-18, Soft Hackle PT’s #14-18, Various Colors of Perdigons #14-18, Chubby Chernobyl #6-14, Guide Saver #12-16, JJ Bugger #6, Drunk and Disorderly Mini #6, Dungeon Mini #6, Sculpzilla Mini White #8
The Gunnison is in full runoff, river flows have been steadily rising and the river is high and off color but hopefully this weekends cold front should slow the thaw a bit. Fish are still being caught with large dark streamers, big stonefly patterns, worms, etc. The fishing is challenging but for the persistent angler fish can be caught.
San Juan Worms #8-12, Glow Bugs #16-18, New Bury’s Knuckle Dragger #10, Pats Rubber Legs Coffee #8-12, H/E Double TH Black #10, Rusty Trombone Black #6, Mini Dungeon Black #6, D & D Mini Brown #4
The South Platte River “Dream Stream” has been fishing ok as of late. Flows have risen but the river will mostly remain clear, if you’re looking to get away from spring runoff this could be a good option. Streamers, Nymphs and Dry Flies have all been producing fish.
Miracle Midge #18-22, Mayhem Midge #20, Element Midge Hi Vis #20, RS2 Black Foam #20, Red Copper John #18-20, Glow Bugs #16-18, B’s Perdigon Black #20, Boroff’s Hot Belly Baetis #22, San Juan Worm #10-16, P.S. Micro Leech #14, Mini Dungeon Black/Olive #6, Circus Peanut #4