The Arkansas River has been fishing very well as the water has dropped down to native flow (280CFS in Salida). Fish have moved into fast riffles and highly oxygenated pocket water, which is typical for this time of year. Consistent Red Quill and Baetis hatches in the morning have made for very productive fishing with both adult and emerger patterns fooling fish. There are plenty of grasshoppers on the banks still so keep good stock of big foam hopper patterns in your box.
Double dry, hopper dropper, hopper double dropper rigs have all been producing fish throughout the day. The fishing is very dynamic this time of year so pay attention to changing conditions.
Please note that we have been seeing very high water temps in the upper 60 degree range in the afternoons. Be mindful of water temps as fish will get over stressed in these conditions.
Baetis Quill Body Lite Jig, Two Bit Hooker Red #16-18, Duracell’s #14-16, Soft Hackle PT’s #12-16, Various Colors of Perdigons, Miracle Midge, Hot Spot Hares Ears #12-16, Chubby Chernobyl #6-14, Guide Saver #12, PMD Extended Body, Stimulators #12-18, JJ Bugger #6, Drunk and Disorderly Mini #6, Dungeon Mini #6, Motor Oil Articulated #4.
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