Fishing Report for the Arkansas River

 

Arkansas River Fishing Report

 

 

 

 

June 20th, 2024

 

Arkansas River (Lower Freestone Basin)

 

We've got strong edge clarity in the entirety of Bighorn Canyon and nearly 2' of overall viz in Upper Bighorn..."Fishing in a barrel" has arrived folks! We're on the backside of runoff and flows are falling quickly...with that comes clearing edges and fish hard on the feed. With more average air temps this week, we will likely see flows hit that 2000cfs mark at the Wellsville gauge by this weekend. Swing by the shop for a handful of big dries and streamers and go have some fun!

 

Availability is getting tight for guide trips during Summer Primetime! Call us today to get a trip on the books if that is something you're considering! 719-371-4530 or CLICK HERE for more information.

 

 

Stream Conditions

Wellsville Flowrate: 2370 cfs

Cañon City Flowrate: 2900 cfs 

Clarity- 2' in Upper Bighorn Canyon, Strong Edge Clarity throughout!

 

Suggested Methods

Its all about the edges during at the backside of runoff. The vast majority of the trout population will move to the soft pockets and seams within 20ft of the bank during runoff, so thats absolutely where you need to focus your efforts as flows recede and edges clear. Throw on your wet wading gear for in and out of the water navigation, but its certainly not the time to wade hard and the river is not cross-able. Find a section, cover alot of water and focus on the softest water. Think big, bushy attractor dries with heavier attractor nymph droppers and streamers will certainly be a must! Adjust dropper depth based on the water depth, but we like 24-30" drops typically in this window. Dropper nymphs should be in the Yellow Sally, PMD, Red Quill and Caddis categories...and dries should be in the Stonefly, Hopper, Yellow Sally, PMD and Caddis categories. Swing by the flyshop for our go-to patterns...and all of our favorites are available online or via phone order 888-994-6743.

 

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 (719) 371-4530 to talk to us directly...

   

 

Arkansas River (Upper Freestone Basin)

 

General Overview

It's GAME ON on the Upper Basin with very strong clarity and rapidly falling flows. The river is CLEAR from Buena Vista to the headwater and we've got nearly 3' of viz in Salida. "Fishing in a barrel" has arrived folks! We're on the backside of runoff and flows are falling quickly...with that comes clearing edges and fish hard on the feed. With more average air temps this week, we will likely see flows hit that 300cfs mark in Leadville and 1800'ish in Salida by this weekend. Swing by the shop for a handful of big dries and streamers and go have some fun!

*Remember that we have a bunch of awesome options in our neck of the woods when runoff does arrives on the main stem Arkansas...particularly phenomenal small water options, along with stillwater, and tailwater venues. Check out our latest report above to explore learn more about the myriad of other options in our area. We're guiding every day...give us a shout for the best options (888) 994-6743

 

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: 415 CFS

Granite Flowrate: 1800 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 2180 CFS

 

Clarity-  Clear from Buena Vista Up, 3' in Salida...awesome Fishability!

 

 

 

Suggested Methods

Its all about the edges during at the backside of runoff. The vast majority of the trout population will move to the soft pockets and seams within 20ft of the bank during runoff, so thats absolutely where you need to focus your efforts as flows recede and edges clear. Throw on your wet wading gear for in and out of the water navigation, but its certainly not the time to wade hard and the river is not cross-able. Find a section, cover alot of water and focus on the softest water. Think big, bushy attractor dries with heavier attractor nymph droppers and streamers will certainly be a must! Adjust dropper depth based on the water depth, but we like 24-30" drops typically in this window. Dropper nymphs should be in the Yellow Sally, PMD, Red Quill and Caddis categories...and dries should be in the Stonefly, Hopper, Yellow Sally, PMD and Caddis categories. Swing by the flyshop for our go-to patterns...and all of our favorites are available online or via phone order 888-994-6743.

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 (719) 269-3474 to talk to us directly...

 

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