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Jun 16 ArkAnglers

Sunday, 6/16 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 3,580 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Turbid, 12" visibility.

Sunday Report - Braden Baker

Flows have plateaued or even dropped slightly on the Arkansas and many of its southern tributaries this week. Flows are still high and dirty but are not dramatically rising at the moment. It's likely that we've hit peak flow, though we may see the river remain relatively high for another week or so. It's hard to predict how fast the drop will happen, as there's still a lot of snow in the high country to fuel the melt. At this level your productive water will be constrained to right along the banks or along mid-stream structure like boulders. You're looking for any structure that slows the velocity of the river and gives the fish shelter from the fast flows. Often fish are going to be more opportunistic than not so rather than matching a particular hatch we can get away with more generic, buggy patterns that stand out in the off-colored water. The prince nymph is a great example, with a dark body and contrasting white wings. Rubberlegs stoneflies are also a good bet as their large, dark silhouettes present an easy, obvious, worthy meal. With rising flows, it's likely that more stonefly nymphs are dislodged and vulnerable to predation. Streamers are a good choice in the high water, too. We confidently size up on leader material to 3x or larger under these conditions because the fish are not spooky and there's enough flow to make you appreciate the extra strength in your line to help land fish more quickly. We recommend fishing from shore wherever possible. Don't wade where you can't see the river bottom.

Always be prepared to take time carefully releasing fish. Wet your hands thoroughly before handling and try to minimize trout's time out of the water while releasing. Please 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, 8:00am-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.

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

Jun 14 ArkAnglers

Friday, 6/14 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 4,400 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

Jun 12 ArkAnglers

Wednesday, 6/12 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 4,780 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

Jun 08 ArkAnglers

Saturday, 6/8 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 4,400 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

Jun 07 ArkAnglers

Friday, 6/7 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 3,800 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

Jun 05 ArkAnglers

Wednesday, 6/5 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 3,200 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

Jun 04 ArkAnglers

Tuesday, 6/4 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 2,700 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

Jun 01 ArkAnglers

Saturday, 6/1 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 2,340 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

May 31 ArkAnglers

Friday, 5/31 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 2,130 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty,

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

May 30 ArkAnglers

Thursday, 5/30 2024

Flow at Wellsville: 1,720 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Dirty, 12" visibility at best along the banks.

2024 Spring Fly Fishing 101 Dates: June 8

Thursday Report - Braden Baker

We recommend scouting the Scout Wave in downtown Salida at current flows before attempting passage.

Warmer weather is starting to ramp up the rate of snowmelt again and as scouring increases the river below Salida has dropped to 12" of visibility at best. It's not completely blown out so anglers may still be able to find fish working along the edges for a brief time before visibility diminishes and flows get to an unfishable level. Fish are adjusting daily to the rising flows so you'll work hard for those looking for a meal. Expect challenging fishing on the river for the next month or so until we pass peak flow and see the river begin to recede. At this level your productive water will be constrained to right along the banks or along mid-stream structure like boulders. You're looking for any structure that slows the velocity of the river and gives the fish shelter from the fast flows. Often fish are going to be more opportunistic than not so rather than matching a particular hatch we can get away with more generic, buggy patterns that stand out in the off-colored water. The prince nymph is a great example, with a dark body and contrasting white wings. Rubberlegs stoneflies are also a good bet as their large, dark silhouettes present an easy, obvious, worthy meal. With rising flows, it's likely that more stonefly nymphs are dislodged and vulnerable to predation. Streamers are a good choice with the rising, dirty water, too. Black or white streamers are often the first choice because they are most likely to stand out in the stained water. We confidently size up on leader material to 3x or larger under these conditions because the fish are not spooky and there's enough flow to make you appreciate the extra strength in your line to help land fish more quickly. We recommend fishing from shore wherever possible. Don't wade where you can't see the river bottom.

Always be prepared to take time carefully releasing fish. Wet your hands thoroughly before handling and try to minimize trout's time out of the water while releasing. Please 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, 8:00am-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.

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
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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