The Arkansas River is in full spring swing right now with the water cut back to native flow and longer warmer days fish have become much more active. Still look for fish to be down low in the colder mornings but as the day heats up fish have been feeding heavily mid water column and we have been seeing a lot of fish feeding on the surface as well.
Fishing a lighter weight nymph rig or hopper dropper set up when fish are higher up in the water column has been productive and fish are even eating the hopper on occasion. Depth of feeding fish can change drastically this time of year so pay close attention. Fishing at the proper depth right now is much more important than fly selection. You can easily be fishing above or below feeding fish so be active in changing bobber depth, weight, rigs, etc.
Midges, Baetis, Stoneflies, Caddis Nymphs, Eggs, SJ Worms have all been producing fish but having your flies in the right zone is key!
Newbury’s Golden Stone, Peeping Caddis Jig, Frenchies, Hot Spot Pheasant Tails, JuJu Baetis, Mayhem Midge, Chartreuse Copper John, Chartreuse Glow Bug, SJ Worms, Dirty Bird, Hi Vis G Knat, Bunny Midge, Element BWO Emerger, Parachute Adams, Chubby Chernobyl.
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