Arkansas River Report

October 27, 2022

The Arkansas River has been fishing great this fall and although we are seeing some snow flurries today we have a great week of nice weather in the forecast.  With day time highs in the upper 50’s and the river hovering just under 400 cfs, conditions couldn’t be better.  Nymphing has certainly been the most productive technique recently so if you’re still holding out and running hopper dropper rigs it might be time to bench the Chernobyls and bust out the strike indicators and split shot.

Look for fish to move around quite a bit this time of year, generally fish will sit further back in the slower water of a run when temps are cooler but as temps rise they move up into the riffles at the head of the run to feed.  Changing depth of your nymph rig is very important to get dialed in to where feeding fish are positioned.  I will run a fairly short but heavy rig to get down to fish quickly and change depth up or down in 1ft increments depending on where fish are sitting.  Small midge patterns with a general attractor pattern with pink, purple or blue accents is the ticket for me this time of year and throughout the winter months.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you on the water or in the shop, happy fishing!!

Give us a call or swing by the shop if you are 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, Frenchies #14-18, Roza’s Dark Neon Jig #16-18, Holo Point Jig #14-18, Roza’s Violet Tailed Jig #14-18, Jakes Soft Hackle Perdigon #16-18,  Soft Hackle PT’s #14-18, Various Colors of Perdigons #14-18, Zebra Midge #18-20, Alt Rocker #14, Weiss’ BP Perdigon #20, Miller’s Plus One #16-18, JJ Bugger #6, Drunk and Disorderly Mini #6, Dungeon Mini #6, Sculpzilla Mini White #8




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About the river

In 2014 the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission designated the upper Arkansas River as Gold Medal Water, doubling the amount of designated water in the state. In order to receive a Gold Medal listing, a body of water must consistently support a minimum trout standing stock of 60 pounds per acre, as well as consistently support a minimum average of 12 quality trout (trout larger than 14 inches) per acre. The designated Gold Medal waters of the Arkansas river span 102 miles from the confluence with the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River, near Leadville, to the Parkdale at the Highway 50 Bridge crossing above the Royal Gorge.

With mild winters, typically clear water flows, and an abundance of high alpine creeks and lakes, the Arkansas River Valley provides for an abundance of top notch, year round fishing opportunities.

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