Flows on the Arkansas are sitting just around 265 CFS and we are seeing very productive fishing right now. Temps are still very moderate for this time of year making winter fishing quite enjoyable. Fish have moved into their winter holding runs. Look for slow, deep pools to produce good quantities of fish.
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.
If you are getting out too early in the day to fish, you will battle with slush and ice. Winter is not about getting out early; it’s about fishing during the warmth of the day. 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.
Coldwar Caddis #14-16, 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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