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Current Conditions

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Precipitation: 30%
Wind: 8 mph
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Wind: 13 mph
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Wind: 6 mph

River Location

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May 19, 2024

The Arkansas River has been seeing a steady increase in flows as spring runoff is seemingly poised at the starting line.  There is still good visibility in town and upstream of Salida but downstream has some decent color but is by no means un-fishable or blown out.  Look for the best fishing conditions above Salida, the further north you go clarity will improve significantly.  This is also the time of year to size up in leader and tippet size.  As water comes up fish will be pushed to the banks where submerged willows and other snags will ruin your day if you are fishing 5x tippet.  Don’t be afraid of using 2x or even 1x leader and tippet when the water is off color.

Look for fish to be holding along seems of the main current and structure along the banks of the river.  Nymphing larger attractor patterns and stripping streamers has been producing the most amount of fish.  I like carrying 2 rods this time of year, nymphing up through and run then throwing streamers back down can be a great way to effectively work the entirety of a run and find a few extra fish then if you were sticking to just one technique.

Give us a call or swing by the shop if you are planning on 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, Roza’s Dark Neon Jig #16-18, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig #14-18,  Soft Hackle PT’s #16-18, Black and Pearl Perdigons #14-18, Redneck Midge #18-20, Miller’s Plus One #16-18, Juju Baetis #18-20, Juju Bee Foam Back #20, Frenchie #14-16, Two Bit Hooker Golden #12-16, Croston’s Mass Attack #12, Hi Vis Black Foam Caddis #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, X Caddis #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-20, BWO Parachute Emerger #18-20, Extended Body BWO #16-20


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March 17, 2024

The Gunnison River is still in full on winter mode.  There is open water up higher near Almont but most of the river still has substantial ice coverage.  Nymphing slow deep winter runs will be your best bet to find fish.


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March 17, 2024

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.

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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