Arkansas River
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Jun 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Ark continue to rise throwing a wrench in our fishing game. At this flow, wading is probably not in your best interest. Stick to the banks and cover a lot of water. The water is slightly off colored, but still comparatively clear. If youre into fishing streamers this is your week. Trout will be fairly sluggish and feed selectively on bigger nymphs, but will be opportunistic when it comes to a hefty meal. When fishing streamers, go with colors that contrast the water like black or white and a little flash. Even better, go with an articulated streamer. The additional movement in the water will turn a few heads and result in some aggressive takes. Otherwise, the heavy nymph rig or dry flies will be productive. When nymphing, go with bigger bugs, a little flash and plenty of weight. Our go-to lead flies are either the Pine Squirrel Leech or Pats Rubber Legs followed by an average sized search pattern, midge, baetis or caddis pupa/larva. Start by fishing the banks and outer seams and move on to the deeper runs and pools thereafter. Hatch activity will be consistent throughout the week so be prepared to fish some dries. Midges will come off the water sporadically throughout the day while BWOs and caddis will hatch in the early afternoon.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Jun 10 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

The Upper Arkansas is cranking now...snow is coming down quickly and flows are at nearly 3900cfs at Portland (Canon City at 4200cfs, so rising rapidly). What that means is increased Native release out of the dam to match that inflow. One plus, is that its been so wet that there haven't been many downstream irrigation calls...However, flows will be elevated for the next few weeks at least and relatively unapproachable unless you're able to float.

If flows are stepped up in smaller chunks, we should see clarity maintain. However, there will be some edge scouring, after which we'll start to see a more "Summer Green" clarity return to the river. As flows bump and hold at a higher level, our guides will make a pretty automatic switch to larger flies and streamers...fish are very opportunistic at higher flows.

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Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 3470cfs

Clarity: Clear to Tinted

Suggested Methods

Hatch matchers will continue to be important (BWO & Midge), however our mindset will change with increased release and higher flows. We'll transition to bigger attractor nymphs for our subsurface rigs, with a heavy focus on smaller rubberleg stones, worms, and cranefly larva. Make sure you're using plenty of weight in your nymph rigs in higher flows. Our guides will also lean heavily on streamers...run either tandem rigs or larger articulate patterns for best success.

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
719-269-3474

Jun 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Ark below Pueblo dam continue to rise as run off from the upper section of the river pours in the reservoir, resulting in more sizable releases from the dam. As such, water clarity has been downgraded to slightly off colored and green. Keep in mind, at this flow, you will be restricted to the banks when wade fishing. So plan accordingly. In times of elevated dam releases, feeding will be most prominent near the banks where water clarity is best. Regardless, you'll want to stick with bigger bugs and streamers when fishing subsurface. Worm, stonefly, leech and cranefly larva patterns will make for great point flies. Trail any of the aforementioned lead flies with a smaller midge, baetis or caddis larva/pupa patterns. In the early hours, spend most of your time on the deeper water with a heavy nymph rig or streamer. As the day progresses, focus on the upper water columns with a lighter rig and emerger patterns. Hatch activity has been strong with a variety of bugs coming off of the water (midge, BWO, caddis). However, surface feeding has been marginal at best.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Jun 08 Rocky Mountain Anglers
Rating: 3/5

Visibility is tough right now on the Ark, in pretty much all sections due to the warming weather kicking runoff into full effect. That being said, fishing bigger bugs and bigger dry dropper type rigs along the edges will still pick up some fish. Streamer fishing is also not a bad idea in these conditions. Don't be afraid to fish heavier tippet and add plenty of weight when nymphing with the high and off color water. Make sure if you do decide to fish a streamer to get them down too; bugs like girdle bugs/rubber legs, squirmy worms, bigger caddis larvae, jigged attractors, etc. are a good bet with snowmelt coming down. For dry flies, it's hard to beat the Chubby Chernobyl, but pounding the banks with a hopper, bigger caddis, or even a bigger parachute adams is a fun way to fish the Ark. Hope for cloudy, cooler days to help keep things stable in terms of flows and clarity.

Hippie Stomper #12-16
#18-20
Para Extended Body PMD #18-22,Para Adams #14-18
Sparkle Dun PMD #20-16
Jake's Gulp Beetle #10-14
Amy's Ant #12-14
Yellow Elk Hair Caddis #10-16
Black Elk Hair Caddis #14-18
Yellow Sally Silvey #14
Trina's Para Sally #14-16
Chubby Chernobyl (tan
yellow
red) #14-10
Stimulator (yellow
royal) #14-10
Rogue Golden Stone #12-16 Two Bit Hooker #18-20
Halfback #18-22
Pheasant Tail #16-20
San Juan Worm #16

Foamback RS2 #18-22
Pat's Rubberlegs #10-12
Randy's Rubberlegs #8-12
Tungstone 20 incher #10-14
Tungsten Teaser #10-14
Iron Sally #18-14
Poxyback Golden Stone #18-14
CDC Pheasant Tail #18-12
Frenchie #18-14
Sparkle Wing Rs2 #18-22
Foam splitback BWO #16-18
Foldover Baetis #18-22
Killer Mayfly #18-22
Z-Wing Caddis #12-16
Tung Electric Caddis #14
Joca's BH Pupa (cream
tan) #12-16
Runt Stone #16 (purple
tan
brown)
Squirmy worm #12
Jigged PT #12-16

This report was written by Rocky Mountain Anglers: http://www.rockymtanglers.com
303-447-2400

Jun 06 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

In the last two days flows on the Ark below the Pueblo dam have nearly doubled. As such, bigger bugs have been stirred up and water clarity is slightly off colored. That said, it should clear up pending further increases in flow. Worm, stonefly and leech patterns should make for great point flies as trout will capitalize on a hefty meal. Trail any of the aforementioned flies with smaller midge, caddis or baetis flies. In the early hours stick with the heavy nymph rig and fish deep. As the day progresses and hatch activity materializes, go with a lighter set up and emerger patterns. With low air pressure this week, bigger bugs and neutral colors will be productive. Were seeing a number of great hatches throughout the day so be prepared to fish dries. Midges are coming off in the late morning and afternoon, while caddis and BWOs will make an appearance in the early afternoon. Seek out actively rising trout and look towards the banks and slow water. Streamers should be fairly productive this week, especially on warm and cloudy days.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Jun 06 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Native flows are beginning to rise dramatically on the Upper Arkansas River Basin, so we'll see some releases of corresponding native water on the Tailwater. As of this morning releases are around 1600cfs, which is not manageable from the wade perspective. Our guides will be float trip focused until flows recede, and time will tell as to when that is (all depends on how fast things melt upstream and water calls are made downstream).

If flows are stepped up in smaller chunks, we should see clarity maintain. However, there will be some edge scouring, after which we'll start to see a more "Summer Green" clarity return to the river. As flows bump and hold at a higher level, our guides will make a pretty automatic switch to larger flies and streamers...fish are very opportunistic at higher flows.

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Book one of our fantastic float guides while the conditions are prime!! CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 1670cfs ~ Approx 1710cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Clear to Tinted

Suggested Methods

Hatch matchers will continue to be important (BWO & Midge), however our mindset will change with increased release and higher flows. We'll transition to bigger attractor nymphs for our subsurface rigs, with a heavy focus on smaller rubberleg stones, worms, and cranefly larva. Make sure you're using plenty of weight in your nymph rigs in higher flows. Our guides will also lean heavily on streamers...run either tandem rigs or larger articulate patterns for best success.

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
719-269-3474

Jun 03 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Native flows are beginning to rise dramatically on the Upper Arkansas River Basin, so we'll see some releases of corresponding native water on the Tailwater. As of this morning releases are around 900cfs, which is still manageable from the wade perspective, however flows should continue to bump. Our guides will be float trip focused until flows recede, and time will tell as to when that is (all depends on how fast things melt upstream and water calls are made downstream).

If flows are stepped up in smaller chunks, we should see clarity maintain. However, there will be some edge scouring, after which we'll start to see a more "Summer Green" clarity return to the river. As flows bump and hold at a higher level, our guides will make a pretty automatic switch to larger flies and streamers...fish are very opportunistic at higher flows.

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Book one of our fantastic float guides while the conditions are prime!! CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 891cfs ~ Approx 930cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Clear to Tinted

Suggested Methods

Hatch matchers will continue to be important (BWO & Midge), however our mindset will change with increased release and higher flows. We'll transition to bigger attractor nymphs for our subsurface rigs, with a heavy focus on smaller rubberleg stones, worms, and cranefly larva. Make sure you're using plenty of weight in your nymph rigs in higher flows. Our guides will also lean heavily on streamers...run either tandem rigs or larger articulate patterns for best success.

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
719-269-3474

Jun 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

After several days of declines, flows on the Ark below the Pueblo Dam bounced back. Worm, stonefly and leech patterns should make for great point flies as trout will capitalize on a hefty meal. Trail any of the aforementioned flies with smaller midge, caddis or baetis flies. In the early hours stick with the heavy nymph rig and fish deep. As the day progresses and hatch activity materializes, go with a lighter set up and emerger patterns. With low air pressure this week, bigger bugs and neutral colors will be productive. Were seeing a number of great hatches throughout the day so be prepared to fish dries. Midges are coming off in the late morning and afternoon, while caddis and BWOs will make an appearance in the early afternoon. Seek out actively rising trout and look towards the banks and slow water. Streamers should be fairly productive this week, especially on warm and cloudy days.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

May 28 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Youre looking at more of the same on the Ark below Pueblo Dam. Low pressure throughout the week will leave trout relatively sluggish for the first few hours of the day, but as hatch activity materializes, trout will be more inclined to feed. Flows have come off slightly and are at a healthy level. Water clarity is great, so do your best to sight fish. Look for trout to hold deep most of the day. As such, the heavy nymph rig and bigger bugs will give the trout a reason to feed. We like to dead drift a leech or wooly bugger followed by one or two smaller (#20-22) nymph patterns through the deep and slow water. As far as nymphs go, lead with a bigger (#16-18) search pattern like the Hares Ear, Copper John or Pheasant Tail followed by some larva or pupa variations like the Mercury Midge, Blood Midge, or bead head RS2 (grey seems to be doing the trick). Streamers have been productive in the afternoons. Were expecting a good amount of cloud cover so go with darker colored patterns. Conversely, when it's sunny, go with light colors. Finally, for the dry fly angler, surface action has been strong with an abundance of hatches throughout the day. Midges and BWOs continue to strengthen in numbers and duration while the caddis hatch has offered a slightly larger meal.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

May 27 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

With cooling weather across the state, the native runoff on the Upper Arkansas has subsided...thus corresponding native pass-through on the Tailwater has reduced. We should see flows bump shortly, but things won't bump dramatically until heavy runoff starts coming down on the Upper River. Fishing has continued to be red-hot for the most part, and our guides have been successful both walk-wading and floating.

BWO and Midge activity has been strong, and Caddis activity is coming along near the substrate. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. With increased release, also be sure to be prepared with San Juan Worms, Cranefly Larva, Leeches, and some Small Stonefly Nymphs. Overall fishing has been very good in the last few weeks, but make sure you're stealthy and fishing long leaders and light tippet for best success.

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Book one of our fantastic float guides while the conditions are prime!! CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 440cfs ~ Approx 470cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Clear to Tinted

Suggested Methods

We have continued to see strong BWO and Midge hatch activity, and those bugs will always be producers in the Spring months. During "Spring Primetime" it will be key to have your substrate nymph rig dialed in on the midge and Baetis (BWO) scene. As with any watershed, look for your heavy hatches before switching to dries, but especially in the early Spring...deep nymphing will be your best producer throughout the day. Don't forget a small leech pattern dead drifted or on the swing...as that will still be a producer as it was in the early Spring. As water temps rise slightly, look for Caddis activity to increase...so be ready with the full lifecycle of slighter profile caddis as well. Streamer fishing will really start to come around with more water, so make sure you have some leeches and larger attractor streamers on hand...

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
719-269-3474

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