Arkansas River Report

July 2, 2022

Happy 4th of July weekend everybody!  We have been seeing some great fishing conditions on the Arkansas as of late.  Golden Stones, PMD’s and caddis have all been on the menu.  Hopper dropper rigs have been the go to but keep an eye for PMD’s to come off in the afternoon in the Salida area.  Further north from Granite to Leadville the Caddis hatch has been very good .  We’ve recently had a lot of rain and have more in the forecast, which is great, but be mindful of drainages that are prone to flash flooding.  If the water clarity gets dirty, throwing white streamers has still been producing fish.

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:

Yellow Sally Jig #16, Two Bit Hooker Gold #12-16, Duracell’s #14-16, 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, Chubby Chernobyl #6-14, Guide Saver #12-16, JJ Bugger #6, Drunk and Disorderly Mini #6, Dungeon Mini #6, White Zuddler #4, White Dungeon #4, 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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