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The Arkansas River has been fishing great this fall and although we are seeing some snow flurries today we have a great week of nice weather in the forecast.  With day time highs in the upper 50’s and the river hovering just under 400 cfs, conditions couldn’t be better.  Nymphing has certainly been the most productive technique recently so if you’re still holding out and running hopper dropper rigs it might be time to bench the Chernobyls and bust out the strike indicators and split shot.

Look for fish to move around quite a bit this time of year, generally fish will sit further back in the slower water of a run when temps are cooler but as temps rise they move up into the riffles at the head of the run to feed.  Changing depth of your nymph rig is very important to get dialed in to where feeding fish are positioned.  I will run a fairly short but heavy rig to get down to fish quickly and change depth up or down in 1ft increments depending on where fish are sitting.  Small midge patterns with a general attractor pattern with pink, purple or blue accents is the ticket for me this time of year and throughout the winter months.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you on the water or in the shop, happy fishing!!

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.

Suggested Flies:

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, Zebra Midge #18-20, Alt Rocker #14, Weiss’ BP Perdigon #20, Miller’s Plus One #16-18, JJ Bugger #6, Drunk and Disorderly Mini #6, Dungeon Mini #6, Sculpzilla Mini White #8


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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.

Suggested Flies:

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


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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.

Suggested Flies:

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

 


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