Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

 

Fly Fisherman Magazine Arkansas River Fly Fishing

 

 

 Check out our NEW Arkansas River Fly Fishing Video Report below for details on conditions, flies and best approaches for Summer Primetime!

 

 

 

 

 

July 24th, 2021

 

Arkansas River (Lower Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

Last night saw heavy rain from Canon City through the Headwater. It’s a very mixed bag of clarity stem to stern today, with some very off-color slugs mixed in. We’d advise alternate venues in our area (of which there are many) over the course of the next 24-48hrs until things dry out. Our guides will be focusing on our tailwaters, private ranches and stillwater fisheries for the next few days until things resolve.
As soon as things dry out, flows will stabilize in the 700-750 cfs range at the Wellsville gauge...made possible by augmented release out of our upstream contributing tailraces at Twin Lakes and Clear Creek Reservoir. We should see flows maintain in this zone until August 15th as a part of our voluntary flow management program...and this is an ideal flow-rate to keep the trout population happy and healthy while still allowing for great float and wade opportunities. Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Stoneflies, Terrestrials, and PMDs are all present in all lifecycle stages and fish are very opportunistic feeders especially in the low light time periods. However, fish are certainly beginning to spread out with lower flows, so be sure to cover water.

Stay tuned for updates on conditions as we move our way into "post-runoff" and get some days on the calendar to get to the Arkansas to throw big dries and streamers at eager trout!

For guided trip bookings on the Arkansas Freestone/ Tailwater, other drainages and our private ranches. Remember, we have options on public & private sections as well as float options on both the Freestone and Tailwater! Call Us Toll Free (888) 994-6743 or CLICK HERE for more information.


Stream Conditions

Wellsville Flowrate: 874 CFS 

Cañon City Flowrate: 922 CFS 

Clarity: Off-color

 

Streamflows are now being augmented by our upstream reservoirs at Twin Lakes and Clear Creek Reservoir for recreational activity in the river. We expect for flows to maintain in this level (~700cfs Plus) until around the end of July or middle of August. 

Arkansas Tailwater Fly Fishing Guide

 

Suggested Methods

We advise you take a peek at our latest video report (above) as there is much more in-depth info on suggested patterns and rigging. That being said, as we move through the "Summer Primetime" window presents a plethora of hatches and changing conditions. All of the fish will still be tucked in areas of least resistance in softer pockets and seams along the edges but will begin to spread out as flows stabilize in the 700-800cfs zone. Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis, and Craneflies will all be in the mix. Dry/ Dropper rigs and streamers will be optimal in the Early AM and Evening, and you'll need to be prepared to nymph in the mid-day and afternoon time periods.

 

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

Can't really get above the off-color water today...the entirety of Central Colorado saw substantial rain over the course of the last 48hrs. We'll be focusing on our tailwater and stillwater fisheries for the next few days until things resolve.
 
Yellow Sallies, Caddis, Stoneflies, Terrestrials, and PMDs are all present in all lifecycle stages and fish are very opportunistic feeders especially in the low light time periods.

 

 

Stream Conditions

Granite Flowrate: 545 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 894 CFS

Clarity: Off-Color

 

 

Suggested Methods

We advise you take a peek at our latest video report (above) as there is much more in-depth info on suggested patterns and rigging. That being said, as we move through the "Summer Primetime" window presents a plethora of hatches and changing conditions. All of the fish will still be tucked in areas of least resistance in softer pockets and seams along the edges but will begin to spread out as flows stabilize in the 700-800cfs zone. Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, PMDs, Caddis, and Craneflies will all be in the mix. Dry/ Dropper rigs and streamers will be optimal in the Early AM and Evening, and you'll need to be prepared to nymph in the mid-day and afternoon time periods.

 

 

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...

 



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