With flows holding steady around the mid-300 CFS range and warmer than average air temps we are seeing very productive fishing on the Arkansas River right now. Most fish have moved into their winter holding runs. Look for slow, deep pools to produce good quantities of fish. As temps warm up midday look for fish to move up into the bottom ends of runs and riffles but most of your active fish will be consistently in the slower water.
Nymphing is the name of the game right now. Running a double nypmh rig with heavy split shot under a strike indicator or tight line nymphing has been most effective. Fishing at or near the bottom of the water column is key right now. It will take some time playing around with the weight and depth to find the sweet spot but once you’re there it will be well worth the effort.
Perdigons #14-18, Duracell Jig #14-18, B’s Midge #18, Roza’s Red/Pink Tailed Jig #14-16, Rainbow Warriors #16-18, Prince Nymph #12-16, SH Pheasant Tail #12-18, Two Bit Hooker #14-18, Frenchie #16-18, Newbury’s Knuckle Dragger #12, Psycho Prince $14, Hot Stone #12-16
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