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Recent Guide Reports

Jun 18 ArkAnglers

Friday 6/18, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 1,210 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Good visibility, 3.5' or better clarity.

Friday Report - Braden Baker

The river is looking great this week as flows have cleared and continue to drop following our peak runoff last week. This is a great level for float fishing and though flows are a bit high to wade aggressively, wade anglers can be successful working their way along the edges picking apart the slow, soft water where fish will hold to get out of the swift current. As yellow sally and golden stonefly hatches begin and grasshoppers become more available as terrestrial food, dry dropper and shallow nymphing tactics will be effective right along the banks. There are lots of pale morning dun nymphs in the system, too. We are getting good reports from guided trips and DIY anglers as the dry fly fishing picks up. Expect fish to become more and more surface oriented as our summer hatches intensify; the best is yet to come! The streamer fishing was excellent this weekend and will continue to be good with the higher flows. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing of the whole summer! Following a low water spring and an underwhelming runoff, fish are healthy and have fared well through the high water. Water temperatures are currently in the ideal range for our fisheries so anglers can confidently fish all day long without fear of overstresing the fish.

South Park reservoirs are fishing well with chironomid and callibaetis hatches. Spinney and Antero are both now open to motorized boats. These stillwaters are an excellent alternative while rivers are swollen.

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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

Jun 17 ArkAnglers

Thursday 6/17, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 1,010 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Good visibility, 3.5' or better clarity.

Thursday Report - Braden Baker

The river is looking great this week as flows have cleared and continue to drop following our peak runoff last week. This is a great level for float fishing and though flows are a bit high to wade aggressvely, wade anglers can be successful working their way along the edges picking apart the slow, soft water where fish will hold to get out of the swift current. As yellow sally and golden stonefly hatches begin and grasshoppers become more available as terrestrial food, dry dropper and shallow nymphing tactics will be effective right along the banks. There are lots of pale morning dun nymphs in the system, too. Expect fish to become more and more surface oriented as our summer hatches intensify; the best is yet to come! The streamer fishing was excellent this weekend and will continue to be good with the higher flows. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing of the whole summer! Following a low water spring and an underwhelming runoff, fish are healthy and have fared well through the high water. Water temperatures are currently in the ideal range for our fisheries so anglers can confidently fish all day long without fear of overstresing the fish.

South Park reservoirs are fishing well with chironomid and callibaetis hatches. Spinney and Antero are both now open to motorized boats. These stillwaters are an excellent alternative while rivers are swollen.

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

Jun 16 ArkAnglers

Wednesday 6/16, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 1,200 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Good visibility, 3.5' or better clarity.

Wednesday Report - Braden Baker

Our Salida shop will be closed today from 10:30am-12:30 for the memorial service for Don Puterbaugh.

The river is looking great this week as flows have cleared and continue to drop following our peak runoff last week. This is a great level for float fishing and though flows are a bit high to wade aggressvely, wade anglers can be successful working their way along the edges picking apart the slow, soft water where fish will hold to get out of the swift current. As yellow sally and golden stonefly hatches begin and grasshoppers become more available as terrestrial food, dry dropper and shallow nymphing tactics will be effective right along the banks. There are lots of pale morning dun nymphs in the system, too. Expect fish to become more and more surface oriented as our summer hatches intensify; the best is yet to come! The streamer fishing was excellent this weekend and will continue to be good with the higher flows. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing of the whole summer! Following a low water spring and an underwhelming runoff, fish are healthy and have fared well through the high water. Water temperatures are currently in the ideal range for our fisheries so anglers can confidently fish all day long without fear of overstresing the fish.

South Park reservoirs are fishing well with chironomid and callibaetis hatches. Spinney and Antero are both now open to motorized boats. These stillwaters are an excellent alternative while rivers are swollen.

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

Jun 15 ArkAnglers

Tuesday 6/15, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 1,250 cfs

Water Temp.: 50s

Clarity: Good visibility, 3.5' or better clarity.

Tuesday Report - Braden Baker

The river is looking great this week as flows have cleared and continue to drop following our peak runoff last week. This is a great level for float fishing and though flows are a bit high to wade aggressvely, wade anglers can be successful working their way along the edges picking apart the slow, soft water where fish will hold to get out of the swift current. As yellow sally and golden stonefly hatches begin and grasshoppers become more available as terrestrial food, dry dropper and shallow nymphing tactics will be effective right along the banks. There are lots of pale morning dun nymphs in the system, too. Expect fish to become more and more surface oriented as our summer hatches intensify; the best is yet to come! The streamer fishing was excellent this weekend and will continue to be good with the higher flows. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing of the whole summer! Following a low water spring and an underwhelming runoff, fish are healthy and have fared well through the high water. Water temperatures are currently in the ideal range for our fisheries so anglers can confidently fish all day long without fear of overstresing the fish.

South Park reservoirs are fishing well with chironomid and callibaetis hatches. Spinney and Antero are both now open to motorized boats. These stillwaters are an excellent alternative while rivers are swollen.

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

Jun 11 ArkAnglers

Friday 6/11, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 1,670 cfs

Water Temp.: 40s

Clarity: Still stained but beginning to clear. ~18" clarity at Stockyard Bridge, worse as you head downstream

Friday Report - Braden Baker

The river seems to have hit peak flow yesterday and is beginning to slowly drop, and as it recedes clarity will return quickly. Even this morning the visibility was dramatically improved from yesterday, and is beginning to become fishable again. Flows are a bit high to wade, but anglers fishing from shore can be successful working their way along the edges picking apart the slow, soft water where fish will hold to get out of the swift current. Float fishing should be a good option beginning this weekend and conditions will continue to improve as the river drops and clears. With grasshoppers available on the edges and the beginnings of our yelow sally and golden stonefly hatches, dry dropper and shallow nymphing tactics will be effective right along the banks. The streamer fishing should be excellent this weekend. The next few weeks should provide some of the best fishing of the whole summer!

South Park reservoirs are fishing well with chironomid and callibaetis hatches. Spinney and Antero are both now open to motorized boats. These stillwaters are an excellent alternative while rivers are swollen.

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

Jun 05 ArkAnglers

Saturday 6/5, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 1310 cfs

Water Temp.: 40s

Clarity: Muddy brown from runoff, little to no visibility.

Saturday Report - Braden Baker

The past two days have brought a dramatic change to the river as snowmelt has ramped back up and the streams and river are again on the rise, scouring their edges and picking up dirt and debris, leaving clarity next to nothing in the lower basin. We would never say that the river is unfishable, but it's close! For the next week or two expect southern creeks and low-elevation reservoirs to offer the best fishing opportunities as the runoff runs its course on the big river. On the river, fish are moving out to the edges and soft water to avoid the heavy current. Catchable fish will respond to streamers and nymphs that contrast the dirty water. Large profile stonefly nymphs and streamers are your best bet, and you'll need to be thorough and patient to be successful.

South Park reservoirs are really kicking into gear with chironomid hatches! Spinney and Antero are both now open to motorized boats. These stillwaters are an excellent alternative while rivers are swollen and dirty.

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

Jun 02 ArkAnglers

Wednesday 6/2, 2021

Flow at Wellsville: 724 cfs

Water Temp.: 40s, low 50s

Clarity: Temporarily improved, with 18-24" visibility below town. Very fishable.

Wednesday Report - Braden Baker

2021 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: June 5

Following cool, overcast weather the river looks very fishable today, having cleared to nearly 2' of clarity, particularly along the edges. This will likely be a temporary window of clarity before forecasted heat and sun kick the snowmelt back into gear, but for anglers fishing the next few days the river is a great option. As flows rise, expect fish to migrate to velocity shelters to avoid the swift flows. While the river flows are stained, don't hesitate to beef up your leader diameter and fish large flies like stonefly nymphs and streamers right along the edges. High contrast flies like girdle bugs, Pat's Rubberlegs, and prince nymphs can be great options in conditions like this. Golden stnefly and yellow sally nymphs are good options to use to probe along the edges, as well as cranefly larvae. Dry-dropper fishing is a good tactic along the edges with these larger flies suspended under a buoyant dry fly. Streamers can be very effective, too, as juvenile brown trout are vulnerable in the rising flows and mature trout will predate upon them in the stained water. While you still want to cover a fair amount of water, it can pay off to be more methodical and deliberate in your approach, spending a little more time in likely water and making a few more drifts than you would if the water clarity was better. It's hard to say how long conditions will remain marginally fishable, as we have lots of sunny and 80 degree days forecasted in the next 10 days. We may continue to see a stair-step pattern of rising flows and plateaus that give us brief windows of opportunity as flows rise.

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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