The Arkansas River has settled into its winter time routine. In the Salida area we have been seeing slush flows in the mornings due to cold overnight temps but with relatively warm day time temps the slush generally melts by late morning. Fishing during the warmest part of the day is key right now, 11am-3pm ish has been very productive. Focus on slow deep pools with lots of sun exposure, I find that as soon as the sun gets low and the river begins to get shaded, fish tend to shut off. Though the main hatch throughout the winter will be Midges don’t be afraid the fish bigger bugs in #12-14, you’d be surprised how often the larger attractor flies will be the preferred meal over the smaller midge patterns.
We have another cold front moving in this weekend and hopefully we’ll see some snow in the mountains! But next week we have great fishing weather again with temps in the 50s which should make for some productive December fishing conditions here on the Arkansas.
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Duracell’s #14-16, Roza’s Dark Neon Jig #16-18, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig #14-18, Soft Hackle PT’s #16-18, Black and Pearl Perdigons #14-18, Miller’s Plus One #16-18, Juju Baetis #18-20, Juju Bee Foam Back #20, Frenchie #14-16, Olive Mini Dungeon #6, Olive Skulpzilla #8
The Gunnison has seen a spike in flows due to valley snow melt but when conditions are right has been seeing good midge and BWO hatches. The Gunnison will typically fish very similar to the Arkansas but generally hatches will be a couple weeks later due to the colder temps of the area.
The South Platte River “Dream Stream” has been fishing pretty good as of late. The river is low but there are some nice lake run fish in the river currently. Nymphing slow deep pools will be your best bet to find fish. Winter can be a great time to beat the crowds and get a bit of elbow room on a normally crowded stretch of river. Fish honest, be mindful of redds and spawning fish, an angel loses its wings every time you cast to an actively spawning 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