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The Arkansas River is on the rise but water clarity has remained fishable in Salida and north of town, downstream the South Arkansas is dumping a lot of dirty water into the main river and clarity is much worse. Best fishing conditions will be north of Salida and the further upstream you go the better water clarity will be. Look for fish to be tucked tight to the banks, along seams, pocket water and in side channels to escape the heavy flows of the main channel.
Streamers, hopper dropper and nymph rigs have all been producing fish, be sure to fish heavy leader and tippet this time of year as you will inevitably find a snag or two and running 2x or 3x will help you get your flies back.
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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, Perdiworm #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, Parachute Adams #18-20, 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
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