The Arkansas River flows have been dropping for the past few days and are currently sitting around 450 cfs at the Wellsville gauge. As flows drop fish will be forced to move from familiar holding areas and it will generally take a couple days for fish to reset and get back into a regular routine. Look for fish to move into fast riffles and pocket water in the main river channel where water will be cooler and more oxygenated.
There has been good hatches of midges, caddis and mayflies. Hopper dropper rigs have still been the go to but fish are definitely looking up and eating small mayfly dries and emergers at certain times of the day. When running a hopper dropper rig try using smaller, lighter weight droppers to keep you flies higher in the water column. With the abundance of bugs hatching fish have been keyed in on flies closer to the surface and if you are fishing too heavy you may be drifting flies below the feeding zone.
We have a couple more days of hot weather but next week we are seeing a big cool down and moisture which should be great for keeping water temps cool and fish happy which should set us up for some great fishing conditions this fall!
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Duracell’s #14-16, Roza’s Dark Neon Jig #16-18, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig #14-18, Prince Nymph #10-12, Fast Water Prince #12-14, Soft Hackle PT’s #12-18, Various Colors of Perdigons #14-18, Pats Rubber Legs #8-12, Miller’s Plus One #16-18, Guide Saver #12-14, Royal Wulff #14-16, Chubby Chernobyl #8-14, Croston’s Mass Attack #12, 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