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Recent Guide Reports

Oct 03 ArkAnglers

Thursday 10/3, 2019

Flow at Wellsville: 264 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s-60s

Clarity: Clear

101 Fly Fishing Class Dates: October 12 at Salida shop

Call 719-539-4223 or email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservations

NEW Class - Euro-Nymphing with Travis Anderson: October 19 at Salida shop

Thursday Report - Braden Baker

Air quality in and downstream of Salida is poor due to the Decker fire, south of Salida. North of town, air quality is generally far better, depending on the direction of the wind.

As water temperatures cool back down, fishing throughout the day has become increasingly productive. Morning air temperatures are starting out in the high 40s, and afternoons are in the 70s to low 80s. This should be the trend for the next couple of weeks. Anglers will still find fresh golden stonefly shucks from nocturnal hatches along the rocks right above the water, as well as numerous terrestrial insects along the edges. This translates into good attractor dry fly fishing opportunities, with patterns like Chernobyl Ants and Parachute Madam X's being good imitations of both the stoneflies and the grasshoppers. On cloudy days, you should also prepare for hatches of smaller fall blue winged olives. Where the larger insects can be in the #8-12 range, these fall baetis are smaller, in the #18-20 range. It's quite a broad spectrum of sizes, with caddis and craneflies filling in the middle ranging from #14-18.

Generally speaking, the dry fly fishing is better during the low light hours, with nymphing (or deep dry/dropper) being the preferred tactic on a clear, sunny afternoon. However, we're still seeing good action with double dries regularly, including the sunny days, so there are exceptions to every rule.

The lower flows offer a great classroom for learning how to read water. Fish love transitions, whether in depth, speed, or structure. Low flows mean that cover and shelter are priorities for trout, so let that guide your efforts on the river.

Things are changing on a day-by-day basis, so please call us if you have thoughts or questions at (719) 395-1796 in Buena Vista or (719) 539-4223 in Salida to get river clarity reports.

*Private water Arkansas River wade trips are available out of both our Salida and Buena Vista shops. Please call our stores for more details.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

Call 719-539-4223 or email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservation.

Salida Shop: 7500 W. Highway 50, 719-539-4223 / Open Monday-Saturday 8:00-6:00, Sunday 8:00-5:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00-6:00, Sunday 8:00-5:00

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

Sep 29 ArkAnglers

Sunday 9/29, 2019

Flow at Wellsville: 282 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s-60s

Clarity: Clear

101 Fly Fishing Class Dates: October 12 at Salida shop

Call 719-539-4223 or email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservations

NEW Class - Euro-Nymphing with Travis Anderson: October 19 at Salida shop

Sunday Report - Braden Baker

As water temperatures cool back down, fishing throughout the day has become increasingly productive. Morning air temperatures are starting out in the high 40s, and afternoons are in the 70s to low 80s. This should be the trend for the next couple of weeks. Anglers will still find fresh golden stonefly shucks from nocturnal hatches along the rocks right above the water, as well as numerous terrestrial insects along the edges. This translates into good attractor dry fly fishing opportunities, with patterns like Chernobyl Ants and Parachute Madam X's being good imitations of both the stoneflies and the grasshoppers. On cloudy days, you should also prepare for hatches of smaller fall blue winged olives. Where the larger insects can be in the #8-12 range, these fall baetis are smaller, in the #18-20 range. It's quite a broad spectrum of sizes, with caddis, craneflies, and late red quills filling in the middle, ranging from #14-18.

Generally speaking, the dry fly fishing is better during the low light hours, with nymphing (or deep dry/dropper) being the preferred tactic on a clear, sunny afternoon. However, we're still seeing good action with double dries regularly, including the sunny days, so there are exceptions to every rule.

The lower flows offer a great classroom for learning how to read water. Fish love transitions, whether in depth, speed, or structure. Low flows mean that cover and shelter are priorities for trout, so let that guide your efforts on the river.

Things are changing on a day-by-day basis, so please call us if you have thoughts or questions at (719) 395-1796 in Buena Vista or (719) 539-4223 in Salida to get river clarity reports.

*Private water Arkansas River wade trips are available out of both our Salida and Buena Vista shops. Please call our stores for more details.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

Call 719-539-4223 or email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservation.

Salida Shop: 7500 W. Highway 50, 719-539-4223 / Open Monday-Saturday 8:00-6:00, Sunday 8:00-5:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00-6:00, Sunday 8:00-5:00

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

Sep 26 ArkAnglers

Wednesday 9/25, 2019

Flow at Wellsville: 300 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s-60s

Clarity: 1-2' from Salida down to Rincon, slightly better as you progress downstream. Stained below Coaldale.

101 Fly Fishing Class Dates: September 28 (14er Fest BV)

Call 719-539-4223 or email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservations

Wednesday Report - Braden Baker

Upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon is dirty near Salida as in-stream work in the Salida riverpark begins. This will cause sporadic discoloration below town while the work is in progress. Below Rincon still looks good this afternoon (9/25).

As temperatures cool back down, we no longer are seeing the afternoon lulls due to heat. Mornings are starting out in the high 40s, and afternoons are in the 70s. This should be the trend for the next couple of weeks. Anglers will still find fresh golden stonefly shucks from nocturnal hatches along the rocks right above the water, as well as numerous terrestrial insects along the edges. This translates into good attractor dry fly fishing opportunities, with patterns like Chernobyl Ants and Parachute Madam X's being good imitations of both the stoneflies and the grasshoppers. On cloudy days, you should also prepare for hatches of smaller fall blue winged olives. Where the larger insects can be in the #8-12 range, these fall baetis are smaller, in the #18-20 range. It's quite a broad spectrum of sizes, with caddis, craneflies, and late red quills filling in the middle, ranging from #14-18.

Generally speaking, the dry fly fishing is better during the low light hours, with nymphing (or deep dry/dropper) being the preferred tactic on a clear, sunny afternoon. However, we're still seeing good action with double dries regularly, including the sunny days, so there are exceptions to every rule.

The lower flows offer a great classroom for learning how to read water. Fish love transitions, whether in depth, speed, or structure. Low flows mean that cover and shelter are priorities for trout, so let that guide your efforts on the river.

Things are changing on a day-by-day basis, so please call us if you have thoughts or questions at (719) 395-1796 in Buena Vista or (719) 539-4223 in Salida to get river clarity reports.

*Private water Arkansas River wade trips are available out of both our Salida and Buena Vista shops. Please call our stores for more details.

Follow us on instagram at @ArkAnglers!

Call 719-539-4223 or email [email protected] with questions or to make your reservation.

Salida Shop: 7500 W. Highway 50, 719-539-4223 / Open Monday-Saturday 8:00-6:00, Sunday 8:00-5:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Monday-Saturday, 8:00-6:00, Sunday 8:00-5:00

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

Fly Shop Directory

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