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Feb 22 ArkAnglers

Saturday 2/22, 2020

Flow at Wellsville: 475 cfs

Water Temp.: mid 30s

Clarity: Great clarity with some ice flows on the coldest mornings

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2020 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

2020 5-Day Rowing School Dates: March 25-29, 2020.

2020 Euro-Nymphing Class Dates: March 28, April 11.

Call (719) 539-4223 to reserve your spot.

Saturday Report - Braden Baker

The Arkansas River is flowing around 455 cfs below Salida, and fishermen should plan on seeing these higher than average flows throughout the winter. In order to aim for low, consistent flows of 250-400cfs during the spring to benefit the fishery, extra water is being released from Twin Lakes all winter to begin making room in the reservoir for the anticipated snowmelt during runoff next year. The low spring target flows will be ideal for the hatch of next year's brown trout fry, as well as allowing the resident trout population time to maximize their caloric intake before entering the high stress season of the summer, when they operate at a deficit during the higher flows.

Today was a bit warmer in the morning than we've seen this week, and mid-afternoon temperatures will be in the 50s. Sunday and Monday, will cool back down and Sunday looks to be snowy throughout the valley. Focus on fishing the Salida area from 10am to 4pm when the conditions are warmest. Even on days when you find some ice flow in the river following a cold night, fish will often resume feeding by the time the slush clears. With fish now occupying their winter lies, look for deeper pools or slow runs below riffles to find fish seeking food. These areas will have slow to moderate current; slow enough that fish aren't expending much energy to hold there, but fast enough that they still have a consistent flow of food being brought to them (when the food is available). In many ways, you are fishing opposite of the places you would typically locate fish during the summer. If you are used to targeting the banks and pocket water, adjust your sights a bit to focus on some of the slower, deeper channels out in the middle of the river. Midge larva and pupa (#16-20) are the most prevalent food source in the river these days, but immature stonefly nymphs (#10-12), caddis larva (#14-18), and baetis nymphs (#16-20) are still important. Remember, fish are much more lethargic here during the winter due to the cold, so you'll need to be very thorough when fishing likely areas as well as aware of very subtle strikes. Small adjustments in weight and leader length can make all the difference.

Anglers are still advised to fish upstream from Coaldale. The river below the Hayden Pass burn scar runoff is slowly recovering from the flash flooding and sedimentation of late 2018, but the section still contains only a fraction of the number of trout as the river upstream from Coaldale.

*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 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-3:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.

This report was written by ArkAnglers: http://www.arkanglers.com
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Feb 20 ArkAnglers

Thursdeay 2/20, 2020

Flow at Wellsville: 465 cfs

Water Temp.: mid 30s

Clarity: Great clarity with some ice flows on the coldest mornings

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2020 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

2020 5-Day Rowing School Dates: March 25-29, 2020.

2020 Euro-Nymphing Class Dates: March 28, April 11.

Call (719) 539-4223 to reserve your spot.

Thursday Report - Braden Baker

The Arkansas River is flowing around 465 cfs below Salida, and fishermen should plan on seeing these higher than average flows throughout the winter. In order to aim for low, consistent flows of 250-400cfs during the spring to benefit the fishery, extra water is being released from Twin Lakes all winter to begin making room in the reservoir for the anticipated snowmelt during runoff next year. The low spring target flows will be ideal for the hatch of next year's brown trout fry, as well as allowing the resident trout population time to maximize their caloric intake before entering the high stress season of the summer, when they operate at a deficit during the higher flows.

This morning has started a bit colder than recent weeks, with lows in the single digits further north up the valley. Despite that, both Friday and Saturday forecasts look to be back up in the 50s, with warmer nighttime temperatures. Focus on fishing the Salida area from 10am to 4pm when the conditions are warmest. Even on days when you find some ice flow in the river following a cold night, fish will often resume feeding by the time the slush clears. With fish now occupying their winter lies, look for deeper pools or slow runs below riffles to find fish seeking food. These areas will have slow to moderate current; slow enough that fish aren't expending much energy to hold there, but fast enough that they still have a consistent flow of food being brought to them (when the food is available). In many ways, you are fishing opposite of the places you would typically locate fish during the summer. If you are used to targeting the banks and pocket water, adjust your sights a bit to focus on some of the slower, deeper channels out in the middle of the river. Midge larva and pupa (#16-20) are the most prevalent food source in the river these days, but immature stonefly nymphs (#10-12), caddis larva (#14-18), and baetis nymphs (#16-20) are still important. Remember, fish are much more lethargic here during the winter due to the cold, so you'll need to be very thorough when fishing likely areas as well as aware of very subtle strikes. Small adjustments in weight and leader length can make all the difference.

Anglers are still advised to fish upstream from Coaldale. The river below the Hayden Pass burn scar runoff is slowly recovering from the flash flooding and sedimentation of late 2018, but the section still contains only a fraction of the number of trout as the river upstream from Coaldale.

*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 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-3:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.

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

Feb 17 ArkAnglers

Monday 2/17, 2020

Flow at Wellsville: 478 cfs

Water Temp.: High 30s

Clarity: Great clarity with some ice flows on the coldest mornings

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Ebbtide LS: $59.95, $35.97

Stone Cold LS: $79.95, $47.97

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Various Rio Fly Lines:

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Various Umpqua and Simms Packs and Vests:

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Call (719) 539-3474 or stop by our Salida location for more information.

2020 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

2020 5-Day Rowing School Dates: March 25-29, 2020.

2020 Euro-Nymphing Class Dates: March 28, April 11.

Call (719) 539-4223 to reserve your spot.

Monday Report - Braden Baker

The Arkansas River is flowing at 478 cfs below Salida, and fishermen should plan on seeing these higher than average flows throughout the winter. In order to aim for low, consistent flows of 250-400cfs during the spring to benefit the fishery, extra water is being released from Twin Lakes all winter to begin making room in the reservoir for the anticipated snowmelt during runoff next year. The low spring target flows will be ideal for the hatch of next year's brown trout fry, as well as allowing the resident trout population time to maximize their caloric intake before entering the high stress season of the summer, when they operate at a deficit during the higher flows.

Focus on fishing the Salida area from 10am to 4pm when the conditions are warmest. Even on days when you find some ice flow in the river following a cold night, fish will often resume feeding by the time the slush clears. With fish now occupying their winter lies, look for deeper pools or slow runs below riffles to find fish seeking food. These areas will have slow to moderate current; slow enough that fish aren't expending much energy to hold there, but fast enough that they still have a consistent flow of food being brought to them (when the food is available). In many ways, you are fishing opposite of the places you would typically locate fish during the summer. If you are used to targeting the banks and pocket water, adjust your sights a bit to focus on some of the slower, deeper channels out in the middle of the river. Midge larva and pupa (#16-20) are the most prevalent food source in the river these days, but immature stonefly nymphs (#10-12), caddis larva (#14-18), and baetis nymphs (#16-20) are still important. Remember, fish are much more lethargic here during the winter due to the cold, so you'll need to be very thorough when fishing likely areas as well as aware of very subtle strikes. Small adjustments in weight and leader length can make all the difference.

Anglers are still advised to fish upstream from Coaldale. The river below the Hayden Pass burn scar runoff is slowly recovering from the flash flooding and sedimentation of late 2018, but the section still contains only a fraction of the number of trout as the river upstream from Coaldale.

*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 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-3:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.

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

Feb 12 ArkAnglers

Wednesday 2/12, 2020

Flow at Wellsville: 460 cfs

Water Temp.: High 30s

Clarity: ICY this morning

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Ebbtide LS: $59.95, $35.97

Stone Cold LS: $79.95, $47.97

Bugstopper Hoody: $64.95, $38.97

Various Rio Fly Lines:

40% off Retail!

Various Umpqua and Simms Packs and Vests:

40% off Retail!

Call (719) 539-3474 or stop by our Salida location for more information.

2020 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

2020 5-Day Rowing School Dates: March 25-29, 2020.

2020 Euro-Nymphing Class Dates: March 28, April 11.

Call (719) 539-4223 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday Report - Braden Baker

The Arkansas River is flowing at ~460 cfs below Salida, and fishermen should plan on seeing these higher than average flows throughout the winter. In order to aim for low, consistent flows of 250-400cfs during the spring to benefit the fishery, extra water is being released from Twin Lakes all winter to begin making room in the reservoir for the anticipated snowmelt during runoff next year. The low spring target flows will be ideal for the hatch of next year's brown trout fry, as well as allowing the resident trout population time to maximize their caloric intake before entering the high stress season of the summer, when they operate at a deficit during the higher flows.

Focus on fishing the Salida area from 10am to 4pm when the conditions are warmest. Even on days when you find some ice flow in the river following a cold night, fish will often resume feeding by the time the slush clears. With fish now occupying their winter lies, look for deeper pools or slow runs below riffles to find fish seeking food. These areas will have slow to moderate current; slow enough that fish aren't expending much energy to hold there, but fast enough that they still have a consistent flow of food being brought to them (when the food is available). In many ways, you are fishing opposite of the places you would typically locate fish during the summer. If you are used to targeting the banks and pocket water, adjust your sights a bit to focus on some of the slower, deeper channels out in the middle of the river. Midge larva and pupa (#16-20) are the most prevalent food source in the river these days, but immature stonefly nymphs (#10-12), caddis larva (#14-18), and baetis nymphs (#16-20) are still important. Remember, fish are much more lethargic here during the winter due to the cold, so you'll need to be very thorough when fishing likely areas as well as aware of very subtle strikes. Small adjustments in weight and leader length can make all the difference.

Anglers are still advised to fish upstream from Coaldale. The river below the Hayden Pass burn scar runoff is slowly recovering from the flash flooding and sedimentation of late 2018, but the section still contains only a fraction of the number of trout as the river upstream from Coaldale.

*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 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-3:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.

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

Feb 07 ArkAnglers

Friday 2/7, 2020

Flow at Wellsville: 308 cfs and rising

Water Temp.: High 30s

Clarity: ICY this morning

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Stone Cold LS: $79.95, $47.97

Bugstopper Hoody: $64.95, $38.97

Various Rio Fly Lines:

40% off Retail!

Various Umpqua and Simms Packs and Vests:

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Call (719) 539-3474 or stop by our Salida location for more information.

2020 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

2020 5-Day Rowing School Dates: March 25-29, 2020.

2020 Euro-Nymphing Class Dates: March 28, April 11.

Call (719) 539-4223 to reserve your spot.

Friday Report - Braden Baker

*Salida flows dropped below 300 cfs as work was completed in-stream near Clear Creek Reservoir on the diversion project. This reduction was only temporary, and the Twin Lakes release returned to 200 cfs yesterday and Salida flows are on the rise. We should see river flows around 500 cfs by the weekend. Anglers should plan on seeing these higher than average flows throughout the winter. In order to aim for low, consistent flows of 250-400cfs during the spring to benefit the fishery, extra water is being released from Twin Lakes all winter to begin making room in the reservoir for the anticipated snowmelt during runoff next year. The low spring target flows will be ideal for the hatch of next year's brown trout fry, as well as allowing the resident trout population time to maximize their caloric intake before entering the high stress season of the summer, when they operate at a deficit during the higher flows.

There is significant ice in the river again this morning, so we may see limited opportunities today. However, temperatures are on the rise again heading towards this weekend, with a forecasted 50 degree high on Saturday. That will be the best day this week to check out the Arkansas. Keep in mind that even if the weather is warm, fish may still be adjusting to the changes in flows from late this week, which could impact feeding behavior. You won't know unless you gear up and get outside!

Focus on fishing the Salida area from 10am to 4pm when the conditions are warmest. Even on days when you find some ice flow in the river following a cold night, fish will resume feeding once the slush clears. With fish now occupying their winter lies, look for deeper pools or slow runs below riffles to find fish seeking food. These areas will have slow to moderate current; slow enough that fish aren't expending much energy to hold there, but fast enough that they still have a consistent flow of food being brought to them (when the food is available). In many ways, you are fishing opposite of the places you would typically locate fish during the summer. If you are used to targeting the banks and pocket water, adjust your sights a bit to focus on some of the slower, deeper channels out in the middle of the river. Midge larva and pupa (#16-20) are the most prevalent food source in the river these days, but immature stonefly nymphs (#10-12), caddis larva (#14-18), and baetis nymphs (#16-20) are still important. Remember, fish are much more lethargic here during the winter due to the cold, so you'll need to be very thorough when fishing likely areas as well as aware of very subtle strikes. Small adjustments in weight and leader length can make all the difference.

Anglers are still advised to fish upstream from Coaldale. The river below the Hayden Pass burn scar runoff is slowly recovering from the flash flooding and sedimentation of late 2018, but the section still contains only a fraction of the number of trout as the river upstream of Coaldale.

*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 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-3:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.

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

Feb 06 ArkAnglers

Thursday 2/6, 2020

Flow at Wellsville: 250 cfs

Water Temp.: High 30s

Clarity: ICY this morning

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Waterworks Lamson Reels:

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Guru: $239.99, $143.99

Speedster: $299.99, $179.99

Simms Fishing Shirts

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Ebbtide LS: $59.95, $35.97

Stone Cold LS: $79.95, $47.97

Bugstopper Hoody: $64.95, $38.97

Various Rio Fly Lines:

40% off Retail!

Various Umpqua and Simms Packs and Vests:

40% off Retail!

Call (719) 539-3474 or stop by our Salida location for more information.

2020 Fly Fishing 101 Dates: April 4, April 18, May 2, May 16, June 6, June 20.

2020 5-Day Rowing School Dates: March 25-29, 2020.

2020 Euro-Nymphing Class Dates: March 28, April 11.

Call (719) 539-4223 to reserve your spot.

Thursday Report - Braden Baker

*Flows dropped below 300 cfs as work was completed in-stream near Clear Creek Reservoir on the diversion project. This reduction was only temporary, and the Twin Lakes release will return to 200 cfs today and Salida flows should be back to ~500 cfs by the weekend. Anglers should plan on seeing these higher than average flows throughout the winter. In order to aim for low, consistent flows of 250-400cfs during the spring to benefit the fishery, extra water is being released from Twin Lakes all winter to begin making room in the reservoir for the anticipated snowmelt during runoff next year. The low spring target flows will be ideal for the hatch of next year's brown trout fry, as well as allowing the resident trout population time to maximize their caloric intake before entering the high stress season of the summer, when they operate at a deficit during the higher flows.

There is significant ice in the river this morning, so we may see limited opportunities today. However, temperatures are on the rise again heading towards this weekend, with a forecasted 50 degree high on Saturday. That will be the best day this week to check out the Arkansas.

Focus on fishing the Salida area from 10am to 4pm when the conditions are warmest. Even on days when you find some ice flow in the river following a cold night, fish will resume feeding once the slush clears. With fish now occupying their winter lies, look for deeper pools or slow runs below riffles to find fish seeking food. These areas will have slow to moderate current; slow enough that fish aren't expending much energy to hold there, but fast enough that they still have a consistent flow of food being brought to them (when the food is available). In many ways, you are fishing opposite of the places you would typically locate fish during the summer. If you are used to targeting the banks and pocket water, adjust your sights a bit to focus on some of the slower, deeper channels out in the middle of the river. Midge larva and pupa (#16-20) are the most prevalent food source in the river these days, but immature stonefly nymphs (#10-12), caddis larva (#14-18), and baetis nymphs (#16-20) are still important. Remember, fish are much more lethargic here during the winter due to the cold, so you'll need to be very thorough when fishing likely areas as well as aware of very subtle strikes. Small adjustments in weight and leader length can make all the difference.

Anglers are still advised to fish upstream from Coaldale. The river below the Hayden Pass burn scar runoff is slowly recovering from the flash flooding and sedimentation of late 2018, but the section still contains only a fraction of the number of trout as the river upstream of Coaldale.

*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 8:30-5:30, Sunday 9:00-3:00.

Buena Vista Shop: 517 S. Highway 24, 719-395-1796 / Open Thursday-Saturday, 9:00-5:00. Closed Sunday-Wednesday.

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

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