The Arkansas River has been producing some great spring fishing as of late. We have been seeing fish move out of their winter runs and into riffles and pocket water where they have been feeding heavily on midges, baetis, stoneflies and caddis.
There has been a fairly solid midge hatch in the afternoons and on cloudy days we have been seeing good BWO activity. Even though there has been some good hatches in the afternoons, you will be most productive nymphing subsurface. Stripping small streamers has also been producing a few fish. If you are tired of staring at a strike indicator, don’t be bashful about switching up tactics.
We have some amazing weather in the forecast and consistent flows in the mid 300 cfs range for the foreseeable future. Its time to ditch the skis and get on the river!
Suggested Flies: Miracle Midge, Zebra Midge, Midge Emerger, Hi Vis Griffith Gnats, Snowshoe Midge, Extended Body BWO, Parachute Adams, BWO Emerger, Perdigons, Duracell, Barr’s Emerger, Juju Baetis, Spanish Bullet Jig, Holo Point Jig, Frenchie, Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig, Thin Mint, Trick or Treat, Slump Busters, Sculpzilla Mini.
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