Arkansas River
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Recent Guide Reports

May 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

After a substantial increase last week, flows on the Ark have crept down and sit at a very manageable level. That said, this time of year brings volatile flows with run-off so be prepared for this to change. Assuming flows don't increase, water clarity will improve. By and large nymphing will be the most effective mode of fishing. When doing so, we recommend leading with a searcher pattern like a Hares Ear or Flashback PT. You also might try your luck at a San Juan worm with elevated flows. Trail any of the aforementioned lead flies with a small red midge pupa/larva, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Top Secret, RS2 or foam back emerger. Hatch activity has been great with midges and BWOs coming off the water starting in the morning and late morning/early afternoon, respectively. Otherwise, streamers have been and will continue to be a solid option, especially in times of cloud cover.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday through Wednesday

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 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Well, just when we thought flows would bump well over 1000cfs we got a pretty good cool down which plateaued snow melt on the freestone section. So, release has now been cut to match native inflow. We've got 600cfs below the dam today and gin clear conditions. Flows will be back up as soon as native flows increase and water calls come from downstream, but for now you've got a wade window. Give us a shout if you'd like to book a float or pre-book a wade trip with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

Bug wise, its pretty simple. Midges will be your #1 player in all lifecycle stages, followed by very small (#20-24) Baetis (BWOs). Darker has been better on the Midge front, but that doesn't mean you won't stick a fish on red or olive. Our guides are taking some nice fish dead drifting micro leeches as well, but if you want to be successful its best to key on the small bugs and light tippet. With more water, be sure to remember your worm patterns, small stoneflies (rubberlegs) and cranefly larva.

*Note: We are beginning to book many of our Spring guide days to capacity already. And most especially our exclusive prime float dates on the Tailwater in May, June and July are beginning to book solid. Please call us at (888) 994-6743 ext 2, or visit our Guide Trips online to inquire about availability if you're interested in booking a trip...before all our days are gone!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 619 cfs plus approx 25 cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: CLEAR

Suggested Methods

With more water we're beginning to guide with bigger bugs. That being said, the major focus should still reside with the BWO and Midge lifecycle. Larger attractor nymphs will now be in play (annelids, cranefly larva, caddis larva, etc). In general focus on heavier nymph rigs, but be prepared with hatch matchers and emergers. Streamers will also be in play with bigger water, so keep that in your wheel house. Nymphing will be your staple at these higher flows, and be sure to use plenty of weight. Fish may be pushed to the edges in certain structure, so that will present some opportunities. If you elect to fish from the bank or wade a little bit, be careful!

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

May 27 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

Despite a substantial increase in flows last week, fishing on the Ark continues to hold up. However, water clarity has suffered. Additionally, higher flows make for difficult wading conditions. Do yourself a favor and scope out which side of the river you want to fish and stick to the banks. When flows increase, particularly at a high rate, blood midges spill into the river and trout go to chow town. Youre in for a great week with mild temps, sporadic cloud cover and stable air pressure. While Monday through Wednesday will offer near ideal conditions, you really cant go wrong any day this week. By and large nymphing will be the most effective mode of fishing. When doing so, we recommend leading with a searcher pattern like a Hares Ear or Flashback PT. You also might try your luck at a San Juan worm with elevated flows. Trail any of the aforementioned lead flies with a small red midge pupa/larva, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Top Secret, RS2 or foam back emerger. Hatch activity has been great with midges and BWOs coming off the water starting in the morning and late morning/early afternoon, respectively. Otherwise, streamers have been and will continue to be a solid option, especially in times of cloud cover.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday through Wedensday

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

Its float season on the Arkansas Tailwater, and productivity has been beyond stellar! Flows are now in the 1000cfs range, so wading is not optimal. Clarity is still exceptional, the water is cold and the hatches have been plentiful. It is not recommended that you attempt to float this section on your own however, the put-ins and take-outs are very difficult. We do expect to see flows back in the wade-able range by late June, until then its time to hire one of our great guides to show you this awesome section out of a drift boat! Give us a shout if you'd like to book a float or pre-book a wade trip with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

Bug wise, its pretty simple. Midges will be your #1 player in all lifecycle stages, followed by very small (#20-24) Baetis (BWOs). Darker has been better on the Midge front, but that doesn't mean you won't stick a fish on red or olive. Our guides are taking some nice fish dead drifting micro leeches as well, but if you want to be successful its best to key on the small bugs and light tippet. With more water, be sure to remember your worm patterns, small stoneflies (rubberlegs) and cranefly larva.

*Note: We are beginning to book many of our Spring guide days to capacity already. And most especially our exclusive prime float dates on the Tailwater in May, June and July are beginning to book solid. Please call us at (888) 994-6743 ext 2, or visit our Guide Trips online to inquire about availability if you're interested in booking a trip...before all our days are gone!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 1300 cfs plus approx 25 cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: CLEAR

Suggested Methods

With more water we're beginning to guide with bigger bugs. That being said, the major focus should still reside with the BWO and Midge lifecycle. Larger attractor nymphs will now be in play (annelids, cranefly larva, caddis larva, etc). In general focus on heavier nymph rigs, but be prepared with hatch matchers and emergers. Streamers will also be in play with bigger water, so keep that in your wheel house. Nymphing will be your staple at these higher flows, and be sure to use plenty of weight. Fish may be pushed to the edges in certain structure, so that will present some opportunities. If you elect to fish from the bank or wade a little bit, be careful!

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

May 24 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

Despite a substantial increase in flows last week, fishing on the Ark continues to hold up. While there is certainly some debris, water clarity is still decent and trout are feeding actively throughout the day. When flows increase, particularly at a high rate, blood midges spill into the river and trout go to chow town. Youre in for a great week with mild temps, sporadic cloud cover and stable air pressure. While Monday through Wednesday will offer near ideal conditions, you really cant go wrong any day this week. By and large nymphing will be the most effective mode of fishing. When doing so, we recommend leading with a searcher pattern like a Hares Ear or Flashback PT. You also might try your luck at a San Juan worm with elevated flows. Trail any of the aforementioned lead flies with a small red midge pupa/larva, Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Top Secret, RS2 or foam back emerger. Hatch activity has been great with midges and BWOs coming off the water starting in the morning and late morning/early afternoon, respectively. Otherwise, streamers have been and will continue to be a solid option, especially in times of cloud cover.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday through Wedensday

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 23 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Its float season on the Arkansas Tailwater, and productivity has been beyond stellar! Flows are now in the 1000cfs plus range, so wading is not recommended for the most part. Clarity is still exceptional, the water is cold and the hatches have been plentiful. It is not recommended that you attempt to float this section on your own however, the put-ins and take-outs are very difficult. We do expect to see flows back in the wade-able range by late June, until then its time to hire one of our great guides to show you this awesome section out of a drift boat! Give us a shout if you'd like to book a float or pre-book a wade trip with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

Bug wise, its pretty simple. Midges will be your #1 player in all lifecycle stages, followed by very small (#20-24) Baetis (BWOs). Darker has been better on the Midge front, but that doesn't mean you won't stick a fish on red or olive. Our guides are taking some nice fish dead drifting micro leeches as well, but if you want to be successful its best to key on the small bugs and light tippet. With more water, be sure to remember your worm patterns, small stoneflies (rubberlegs) and cranefly larva.

*Note: We are beginning to book many of our Spring guide days to capacity already. And most especially our exclusive prime float dates on the Tailwater in May, June and July are beginning to book solid. Please call us at (888) 994-6743 ext 2, or visit our Guide Trips online to inquire about availability if you're interested in booking a trip...before all our days are gone!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 1300 cfs plus approx 25 cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: CLEAR

Suggested Methods

With more water we're beginning to guide with bigger bugs. That being said, the major focus should still reside with the BWO and Midge lifecycle. Larger attractor nymphs will now be in play (annelids, cranefly larva, caddis larva, etc). In general focus on heavier nymph rigs, but be prepared with hatch matchers and emergers. Streamers will also be in play with bigger water, so keep that in your wheel house. Nymphing will be your staple at these higher flows, and be sure to use plenty of weight. Fish may be pushed to the edges in certain structure, so that will present some opportunities. If you elect to fish from the bank or wade a little bit, be careful!

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

May 17 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

Despite volatile flows, fishing on the Ark has been great and clarity is still holding up. Sight fishing continues to provide the best results so do your best to locate holding trout before casting. Doing so will allow you to shorten your cast and have a clean drift. Air temps are forecast to reach the low 90s most of the week so fish early or late for the best results. Hatch activity has been great with midges coming off in the early morning and lasting throughout the day. BWOs are hatching consistently in the late morning and afternoon. As such, trout have been feeding heavily on surface flies and emergers. Nymphing will garner the most consistent results, however. In the early hours, fish deep with small midge larva and as the day goes on lighten the load and fish some midge and baetis emergers. Black Beauties, Zebra Midges (red & black), bead head RS2s (olive, grey or black), Top Secrets and Chocolate Foamback Emergers are a few of our favorites. Given sustained low air pressure this week youre going to want to fish comparatively bigger lead flies like a Pine Squirrel Leech, Egg Sucking Leech, Pats Rubber Legs, or Hares Ear. Streamers will be another great option. However, sun exposure will limit action here. Take advantage of periods of cloud cover when going this route.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & 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/

May 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

In times of drastic swings in flow, it is a good idea to fish bigger bugs like worms and leeches. Additionally, red midge pupa/larva and attractor patterns seem to do the trick. Otherwise, you cant go wrong with a simple midge or baetis nymph rig. Stick with midges in the early hours and baetis emergers like a Foamback RS2 in the late morning and afternoon. Caddis larva have made for great point flies so make sure you have some Electric Caddis or Mercury Caddis handy. On Thursday, streamers should turn a few heads, but youre going to want to be stealthy and go with light/flashy patterns given sun exposure. Hatch activity continues to improve with warm temps and increased bug life. Midges and BWOs have been abundant and while we havent seen much in the way of caddis you can expect them to increase in volume in the coming days.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & 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/

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Phone Number: 970-453-4135
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