Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

 

Arkansas River Fly Fishing Guide

 

 

May 20th, 2019

 

 

Arkansas River (Lower Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

Its a day to day program on the Arkansas Freestone right now (which is very typical this time of year)! As of today, the cool down has dropped native on all tributaries, and things look pretty solid down to Cotopaxi. Flowrate will bump substantially over the next 24hrs with increased release of nearly 250cfs out of Twin Lakes. Though we're talking about a release of clear water, we will most likely see some staining from edge scouring. 

With the flow fluctuations we've seen alot of fish on the edges, and very opportunistic. Our guides have done very well on streamers and dry dropper rigs the last few days and that will continue as flows bump. We should see fishability last the week, but true runoff isn't far away folks...get some edge fishing or float fishing in before the push!

 

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Stream Conditions

Wellsville Flowrate: 808 CFS

Canon City Flowrate: 896 CFS 

Clarity: 2-3 ft from Salida to Cotopaxi, 12" or less below 

 

Suggested Methods

Its Spring on the Arkansas River Basin! We've got alot going on in Bighorn Canyon, but your main focuses at this point in time should be on Stonefly Molt, Caddis & BWO lifecycle activity. Caddis have really ramped up over the last 10 days from Canon City all the way to Salida. Continue to have all 3 phases of BWO covered with a keen focus on nymphing in the mornings followed by short nymph rigs, dry/dropper and single dry hatch matcher rigs in the afternoons.

You will be best suited to prepare with some smaller Stonefly representations in multiple shades and weights in the mornings, followed by larger rubberleg style representations in the afternoons. Fish will also respond positively to free swimming Caddis larva and Cranefly larva. Streamer fishing is really turning on with warmer water temps and tinted water...so if you like to throw meat, bring a bigger rod and get at it!

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

 

Interactive Arkansas River Map

 

 

Arkansas River (Upper Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

The upper basin will continue to fish with the BWO lifecycle.  Heavier flows out of Twin Lakes will eventually discolor the water below once edges begin to scour

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: 140 CFS

Granite Flowrate: 495 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 742 CFS

Clarity: 2-3ft

 

Suggested Methods

Its Spring on the Arkansas River Basin! We've got alot going on in Bighorn Canyon, but your main focuses upstream at this point in time should be on Stonefly Molt and BWO lifecycle activity...however, heavy Caddis Lifecycle activity is only days away on this section!

You will be best suited to prepare with some smaller Stonefly representations in multiple shades and weights in the mornings, followed by larger rubberleg style representations in the afternoons. Fish will also respond positively to free swimming Caddis larva and Cranefly larva.

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

 

Interactive Arkansas River Map