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Feb 14 ArkAnglers

Tuesday 2/13, 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 282 cfs

Water Temp.: 30s, low 40s

Clarity: Intermittent discoloration immediately below the Scout Wave reconstruction project, generally clear the further you get downstream.

2024 Spring Fly Fishing 101 Dates: March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1

2024 Spring Rowing School Dates: March 20-24

Tuesday Report - Braden Baker

Expect heavy machinery in the river at the Scout Wave in Salida as updates are made to the structure over the next few weeks.

Scout Wave Improvement Updates:

https://www.cityofsalida.com/parksrec/page/scout-wave-improvements

Scout Wave Live Webcam:

https://www.coloradowebcam.net/index.php/camera/salida-co-lower-wave-arkansas-river-zoom-tenderfoot-mt

We again are expecting mild weather in the Salida area this week with highs in the upper 40s most days. This should be very encouraging for anglers itching to hit the water. Winter nymphing has been very productive and now that the spring stonefly molt is underway, more and more anglers are reporting good success on larger golden stonefly nymphs. Recent storms have brought our snowpack up to average for this time of year and has left Monarch with a great base for early February. This is a great time of year to ski a few runs in the morning and then head to the river to fish the warmest hours of the day.

The river flow is within the optimal flow range for resident trout populations (250-400 cfs at Wellsville) and is incredibly wadeable everywhere at these flows, offering tremendous access for wade fishermen. Expect shady areas of the river to contain shelf ice; be very careful navigating the slick edges of the river. Brown trout spawning is long over and fish have migrated to their typical lies of winter. Colder weather will constrict productive fishing hours during the day and send fish into the slower, deeper pools and runs where they can comfortably hold without expending much energy (~4-7' deep). 11AM to 3PM is your prime time on the river, particularly in areas that receive a lot of sun exposure through the day. Expect fish to be a bit more lethargic than we saw this fall, though still eager to take a well-drifted fly. Expect strikes to be subtle.

We're seeing most anglers switch to strictly nymph fishing with indicators and sighters but deep dry-dropper fishing continues to be productive in the lower basin, though most fish are taking subsurface food. Midges are the predominant hatch at the moment with lots of larvae and pupae available subsurface throughout the day. These are typically size #18-22 with adults in the #20-24 range. Fish will still eat small baetis nymphs and caddis larvae throughout the fall and winter. With the year-round availability of stonefly nymphs in the river, fish will also readily take well drifted stonefly nymphs and other large attractors throughout the colder months. Golden stonefly nymphs are molting and as such are more vulnerable to predation during this phase of life. These can be fished in relatively large sizes, with #10-12 being common offerings.

Always be prepared to take time carefully releasing fish. Minimize trouts' time out of the water and do your due diligence giving them adequate revival time before moving on.

We sell fishing and hunting licenses at both our locations.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

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

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm.

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

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Please call us at 719-539-4223 with questions or to make your reservation.

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

Feb 13 ArkAnglers

Tuesday 2/13, 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 282 cfs

Water Temp.: 30s, low 40s

Clarity: Clear

2024 Spring Fly Fishing 101 Dates: March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1

2024 Spring Rowing School Dates: March 20-24

Tuesday Report - Braden Baker

Expect heavy machinery in the river at the Scout Wave in Salida as updates are made to the structure over the next few weeks.

Scout Wave Improvement Updates:

https://www.cityofsalida.com/parksrec/page/scout-wave-improvements

Scout Wave Live Webcam:

https://www.coloradowebcam.net/index.php/camera/salida-co-lower-wave-arkansas-river-zoom-tenderfoot-mt

We again are expecting mild weather in the Salida area this week with highs in the upper 40s most days. This should be very encouraging for anglers itching to hit the water. Winter nymphing has been very productive and now that the spring stonefly molt is underway, more and more anglers are reporting good success on larger golden stonefly nymphs. Recent storms have brought our snowpack up to average for this time of year and has left Monarch with a great base for early February. This is a great time of year to ski a few runs in the morning and then head to the river to fish the warmest hours of the day.

The river flow is within the optimal flow range for resident trout populations (250-400 cfs at Wellsville) and is incredibly wadeable everywhere at these flows, offering tremendous access for wade fishermen. Expect shady areas of the river to contain shelf ice; be very careful navigating the slick edges of the river. Brown trout spawning is long over and fish have migrated to their typical lies of winter. Colder weather will constrict productive fishing hours during the day and send fish into the slower, deeper pools and runs where they can comfortably hold without expending much energy (~4-7' deep). 11AM to 3PM is your prime time on the river, particularly in areas that receive a lot of sun exposure through the day. Expect fish to be a bit more lethargic than we saw this fall, though still eager to take a well-drifted fly. Expect strikes to be subtle.

We're seeing most anglers switch to strictly nymph fishing with indicators and sighters but deep dry-dropper fishing continues to be productive in the lower basin, though most fish are taking subsurface food. Midges are the predominant hatch at the moment with lots of larvae and pupae available subsurface throughout the day. These are typically size #18-22 with adults in the #20-24 range. Fish will still eat small baetis nymphs and caddis larvae throughout the fall and winter. With the year-round availability of stonefly nymphs in the river, fish will also readily take well drifted stonefly nymphs and other large attractors throughout the colder months. Golden stonefly nymphs are molting and as such are more vulnerable to predation during this phase of life. These can be fished in relatively large sizes, with #10-12 being common offerings.

Always be prepared to take time carefully releasing fish. Minimize trouts' time out of the water and do your due diligence giving them adequate revival time before moving on.

We sell fishing and hunting licenses at both our locations.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

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

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm.

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

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Please call us at 719-539-4223 with questions or to make your reservation.

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

Feb 06 ArkAnglers

Tuesday 2/6, 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 276 cfs

Water Temp.: 30s, low 40s

Clarity: Clear

2024 Spring Fly Fishing 101 Dates: March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1

2024 Spring Rowing School Dates: March 20-24

Tuesday Report - Braden Baker

Expect heavy machinery in the river at the Scout Wave in Salida as updates are made to the structure over the next few weeks.

Scout Wave Improvement Updates:

https://www.cityofsalida.com/parksrec/page/scout-wave-improvements

Scout Wave Live Webcam:

https://www.coloradowebcam.net/index.php/camera/salida-co-lower-wave-arkansas-river-zoom-tenderfoot-mt

Temperatures look to remain fairly mild this week but we do expect some snow off and on heading into the weekend. For February, this is still a very favorable forecast for fishing and is much milder than normal. Recent storms have brought our snowpack up to average for this time of year and has left Monarch with a great base for early February. This is a great time of year to ski a few runs in the morning and then head to the river to fish the warmest hours of the day.

The river flow is within the optimal flow range for resident trout populations (250-400 cfs at Wellsville) and is incredibly wadeable everywhere at these flows, offering tremendous access for wade fishermen. Expect shady areas of the river to contain shelf ice; be very careful navigating the slick edges of the river. Brown trout spawning is long over and fish have migrated to their typical lies of winter. Colder weather will constrict productive fishing hours during the day and send fish into the slower, deeper pools and runs where they can comfortably hold without expending much energy (~4-7' deep). 11AM to 3PM is your prime time on the river, particularly in areas that receive a lot of sun exposure through the day. Expect fish to be a bit more lethargic than we saw this fall, though still eager to take a well-drifted fly. Expect strikes to be subtle.

We're seeing most anglers switch to strictly nymph fishing with indicators and sighters but deep dry-dropper fishing continues to be productive in the lower basin, though most fish are taking subsurface food. Midges are the predominant hatch at the moment with lots of larvae and pupae available subsurface throughout the day. These are typically size #18-22 with adults in the #20-24 range. Fish will still eat small baetis nymphs and caddis larvae throughout the fall and winter. With the year-round availability of stonefly nymphs in the river, fish will also readily take well drifted stonefly nymphs and other large attractors throughout the colder months.

Always be prepared to take time carefully releasing fish. Minimize trouts' time out of the water and do your due diligence giving them adequate revival time before moving on.

We sell fishing and hunting licenses at both our locations.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

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

Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm.

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

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am-5:30pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Please call us at 719-539-4223 with questions or to make your reservation.

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

Fly Shop Directory

Website: http://www.arkanglers.com
Phone Number: 719-539-4223
Address: 7500 West Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201
Website: http://www.breckenridgeoutfitters.com
Phone Number: 970-453-4135
Address: 100 N. Main St., Ste 206, Breckenridge, CO 80401
Website: http://www.fishcolorado.com
Phone Number: 970-262-2878
Address: PO Box 2540, 400,Blue River Pkwy, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Website: http://www.rockymtanglers.com
Phone Number: 303-447-2400
Address: 1904 Araphoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
Website: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
Phone Number: 719-269-3474
Address: 1210 Royal Gorge Blvd., Canon City, CO 81212
Website: http://www.steelcityanglers.com
Phone Number: (719) 778-3059
Address: 5200 Nature Center Road, Pueblo, CO 81003
Website: http://www.bluequillangler.com
Phone Number: 303-674-4700
Address: 1532 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, CO 80439
Website: http://thecoloradoangler.com/
Phone Number: (970) 513-8055
Address: 249 Summit Place, Silverthorne, CO 80498
Website: http://www.thepeakflyshop.com
Phone Number: 719-260-1415
Address: 5767 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Website: http://troutsflyfishing.com
Phone Number: 303-733-1434
Address: 1303 E. 6TH Ave, Denver, CO 80218