Arkansas River Report

May 20, 2022

The Arkansas River is high and dirty in the Salida area, catching fish is still possible but challenging.  This weekends cold front should help slow things down and improve water clarity a bit.  Nymphing big bugs in slow pockets will be your best bet to find a couple fish.  Large flashy streamer patterns will also produce fish.  Further north in the drainage water is on the rise as well but clarity is generally better as you head upstream.

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:

Pats Rubber Legs #8-12, San Juan Worms, Fast Water Prince #14-16, Two Bit Hooker Gold #12-16, Fire Starter Jig #14-16, Duracell’s #14-16, Soft Hackle PT’s #14-18, Caddis UV Pearl #16-18, Various Colors of Perdigons #14-18, Black Elk Hair Caddis #14-18, Balloon Caddis #14-16, Hi Vis Foam Caddis #14-16, Chubby Chernobyl #6-14, JJ Bugger #6, Drunk and Disorderly Mini #6, Dungeon Mini #6,  Motor Oil Articulated #6, Circus Peanut #4




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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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