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Sep 22 ArkAnglers

Wednesday 9/22, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 270 cfs

Water Temp.: Low 50s - mid 60s

Clarity: Clear

Wednesday Report - Braden Baker

The river is within the ideal flow range for our local trout (240-400 cfs at the Wellsville gauge) and they are able to maximize their use of the river to their benefit. We will still have enough water to float fish certain sections of the Arkansas but this adjustment is definitely welcome news to wade anglers who will have more flexibility on wadeable water the rest of the summer. Temperatures are cooling down with nights in the 30s and days in the low 70s-80s this week which should give us good conditions all day long on the river. Be prepared for low, clear water and spooky fish. Be very thoughtful in your approach.

Clarity is good through the lower basin and we are running trips way down into the canyon. Red quills are still hatching but we are definitely seeing more activity in our fall blue winged olive mayflies. Golden stoneflies are active and will hatch off and on through September, and combining that with active terrestrial (grasshoppers and beetles) activity we are still seeing a solid response to large attractor dry flies. Dry-dropper fishing is still incredibly productive, but various nymphing strategies and streamer tactics had been effective, too. Fish are able to spread out into more and more of the river, rather than being concetrated along the banks like they are during high water. As we progress through the end of summer, expect mornings to generally fish better than the afternoons on hot days and fish to migrate into more oxygenated areas of the river. For the moment, we are seeing healthy, willing fish and far better water conditions than much of the state.

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Salida Location - 7500 W. Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. (719) 539-3474.

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Buena Vista Location - 517 S. Highway 24, Buena Vista, CO 81211. (719) 395-1796.

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservation.

This report was written by ArkAnglers: http://www.arkanglers.com
719-539-4223

Sep 15 ArkAnglers

Wednesday 9/15, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 267 cfs

Water Temp.: Low 50s - mid 60s

Clarity: Clear

Wednesday Report - Braden Baker

The Voluntary Flow Management Program has ended and the river has dropped back down to native flows. This adjustment has brought the river back into the ideal flow range for our local trout (240-400 cfs at the Wellsville gauge) and they will be able to maximize their use of the river to their benefit. We will still have enough water to float fish certain sections of the Arkansas but this adjustment is definitely welcome news to wade anglers who will have more flexibility on wadeable water the rest of the summer. Temperatures are cooling down with nights in the 40s and days in the low 80s this week which should give us good conditions all day long on the river. Be prepared for low, clear water and spooky fish. Be very thoughtful in your approach.

Clarity is good through the lower basin and we are running trips way down into the canyon. Red quills are still hatching but we are definitely seeing more activity in our fall blue winged olive mayflies. Golden stoneflies are active and will hatch off and on through September, and combining that with active terrestrial (grasshoppers and beetles) activity we are still seeing a solid response to large attractor dry flies. Dry-dropper fishing is still incredibly productive, but various nymphing strategies and streamer tactics had been effective, too. Fish are able to spread out into more and more of the river, rather than being concetrated along the banks like they are during high water. As we progress through the end of summer, expect mornings to generally fish better than the afternoons on hot days and fish to migrate into more oxygenated areas of the river. For the moment, we are seeing healthy, willing fish and far better water conditions than much of the state.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

COVID-19 Chaffee County is the best resource for up to date information on the county.

Salida Location - 7500 W. Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. (719) 539-3474.

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Buena Vista Location - 517 S. Highway 24, Buena Vista, CO 81211. (719) 395-1796.

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservation.

This report was written by ArkAnglers: http://www.arkanglers.com
719-539-4223

Sep 10 ArkAnglers

Friday 9/10, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 259 cfs

Water Temp.: Low 50s - mid 60s

Clarity: Clear

Friday Report - Braden Baker

The Voluntary Flow Management Program has ended and the river has dropped back down to native flows. This adjustment has brought the river back into the ideal flow range for our local trout (240-400 cfs at the Wellsville gauge) and they will be able to maximize their use of the river to their benefit. We will still have enough water to float fish certain sections of the Arkansas but this adjustment is definitely welcome news to wade anglers who will have more flexibility on wadeable water the rest of the summer. Afternoons are pretty warm this week so you may find that the mornings are the most productive hours to fish. Flows dropped a little this week as well, so be prepared for low, clear water and spooky fish. Be very thoughtful in your approach.

Clarity is good through the lower basin and we are running trips way down into the canyon. Red quills are your primary mayfly hatch right now, but some days trico hatches can give opportunities for more tehnical dry and dry-dropper fishing. We are seeing more and more active fall blue winged olive mayfly nymphs, too, with a few anglers reporting the first fall blue wing hatches of the year. Golden stoneflies are active and will hatch off and on well into September, and combining that with active terrestrial (grasshoppers and beetles) activity we are still seeing a solid response to large attractor dry flies. Dry-dropper fishing is still incredibly productive, but various nymphing strategies and streamer tactics had been effective, too. As flows drop, expect fish to be able to spread out into more and more of the river, rather than being concetrated along the banks like they are during high water. As we progress through the end of summer, expect mornings to generally fish better than the afternoons on hot days and fish to migrate into more oxygenated areas of the river. For the moment, we are seeing healthy, willing fish and far better water conditions than much of the state.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

COVID-19 Chaffee County is the best resource for up to date information on the county.

Salida Location - 7500 W. Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. (719) 539-3474.

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Buena Vista Location - 517 S. Highway 24, Buena Vista, CO 81211. (719) 395-1796.

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00am-6:00pm. Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservation.

This report was written by ArkAnglers: http://www.arkanglers.com
719-539-4223

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