Arkansas River
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  1. Pheasant Tail  

  2. Leech  

  3. RS-2  

  4. Squirmy Wormy  

  5. PMD  

  6. Copper John  

  7. Trico Emerger  

  8. Baetis Nymph  

  9. Black Beauty  

  10. Prince Nymph  

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Oct 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Arkansas tailwater continues to improve with mild air temps, sustained lower flows and improved water clarity. At this flow, you are able to access most of the water on foot. Cooler overnight temps have resulted in a change in the trouts diet as a number of hatches have subsided. It is time to start thinking small and imitative when it comes to your flies. Nymphing will be your best bet for most of the day. Lead with slightly bigger (#16-18) attractor patterns followed by one or more smaller (#18-22) imitative patterns in the midge and baetis variety. Dry fly action has been great in the mornings and afternoons. Expect to see some tricos early in the morning as well as some PMDs and caddis a couple hours later. If you see trout consistently rising rig up a double dry fly set-up and target the banks and slower water. Otherwise, average sized streamers have produced decent results. If you go this route, you are going to want to hit the banks hard and cover a lot of water.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, 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/

Oct 08 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

The last few weeks have been exceptional on the Ark Tailwater! Flows have now been stable below 150cfs for right at 10 days, and clarity is much improved (but still a little tint). The big driving factors for a dramatic increase in productivity have been cooler water temps (due to cooler overnight lows) and a giant increase in hatch activity (BWOs and Tricos primarily). We have now transitioned to walk wade format guide trips on this section, and have had some fantastic days the past few weeks with many nice fish to the net...time to plan some days!

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Pre-book one of our fantastic float guides for next float season...dates won't last long! Wade trips have resumed for the Fall and Winter seasons. CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 138cfs

Clarity: 2ft

Suggested Methods

Flows are beginning to fall into more typical early Fall levels. With clarity also improving, we will be transitioning from larger attractor style nymphing rigs to more typical tailwater rigs with a focus on our active lifecycles. Currently, our guides are focusing most on Red Quills, Tricos, PMDs, Caddis and Midges throughout their respective lifecycles. Focus your efforts on more oxygenated water (heavy structure and riffles)...as we move out of this hotter weather. As things cool down, and releases drop fish will spread out a bit more.

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

Oct 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Ark continue to come down as we enter fall and the fishing as been great! While water clarity is slightly off colored, visibility is pretty decent (~18 to 24 inches) and you can wade through most sections of the river. With lower flows, trout are becoming increasingly more skittish so walk with a light foot and do your best to sight fish. The mornings continue to be the most productive with unseasonably warm temps in the afternoon. However, afternoon temps are expected to fall off in the coming week giving anglers a greater window of productivity. The double/triple nymph rig continues to be the most effective mode of fishing, but we are starting to see increased surface feeding so dont discount those dry fly rigs. When nymphing, lead with with bigger neutral colored bugs like a Pats Rubber Legs, Pine Squirrel Leech, or Hares Ear early in the week. Starting early Wednesday, air pressure is set to swing upwards in a dramatic fashion leaving trout sluggish and feeding at lower rates. During this time, you will want to go with smaller attractor nymphs like a Rainbow Warrior. Hatch activity has been consistent throughout the day, but dont expect much in the way of risers mid-week. Tricos and midges are coming off in the late morning while PMDs are hatching in the afternoon. Streamers will be a great option early in the week with low air pressure, but mostly sunny skies will keep them holding deep.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & 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/

Sep 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows over the last week have been fairly variable, but water clarity remains intact. At this flow, trout are spreading out and the fishing is great! Cooler overnight temps have kept water temps at bay resulting in more consistent feeding and a more active trout. The hopper dropper is still a viable option, but for a limited time. If you go this route, focus on the banks and undercuts. Lead with average sized stimulator patterns like a Hippie Stomper, Chubby Chernobyl or Amys Ant followed by one or more imitative midge or baetis patterns. When nymphing, focus on smaller tailwater flies that are imitative in nature and fish water with structure like riffles, pockets and runs. While you may see results on searcher patterns, trout are starting to key in on those micro imitative flies. Beadhead RS2s, Jujubaetis, Mercury Midge, Black Beauty and Tube Midges are all great options. Streamers will be a great option early in the week as air pressure will remain depressed and cloud cover will give trout a sense of protection. Hit the banks hard and dont be afraid to make a splash. Be prepared to fish some dries this week. Midge, BWO, PMDs, Caddis, and Tricos are all on the menu.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday & Friday through 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/

Sep 26 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Ark below the dam is really starting to pick up. Flows have held held steady and water clarity has improved dramatically. Cooler air temps overnight have kept water temps in check allowing trout to spread out throughout the day and feed at consistent rates. As we enter fall, we are starting to transition to more imitative flies in the midge and baetis variety as a number of hatches are subsiding. Nymphing is going to be your best bet. Start by focusing on the banks and outer seams then move on to the deeper runs, pools and riffles. As far as flies go, we suggest leading with an attractor pattern like a red Copper John or Frenchie followed by one or more imitative flies like an RS2, Mercury Midge, or Black Beauty. Streamer fishing is starting to improve and will continue to do so as the brown trout begin to spawn. You cant go wrong with single hook or articulated streamers in neutral colors. We are still seeing a number of midge hatches throughout the day as well as some BWOs so be prepared to fish some dries if you see trout actively rising along the banks.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday & Tuesday

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/

Sep 26 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

The Arkansas Tailwater is now coming into that prime Fall walk wade form that we know and love! We've got over close to 2ft of clarity and flows have now dropped into the 200-300cfs window. The bigger plus is that overnight lows are cooling dramatically now which will really affect water temperature positively and help fishing stay a bit more consistent throughout the day. As previously mentioned, we have no transitioned to walk wade format guide trips on this section, and have had some fantastic days this week...time to plan some days!

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Pre-book one of our fantastic float guides for next float season...dates won't last long! Wade trips have resumed for the Fall and Winter seasons. CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 300cfs

Clarity: 2ft

Suggested Methods

Flows are beginning to fall into more typical early Fall levels. With clarity also improving, we will be transitioning from larger attractor style nymphing rigs to more typical tailwater rigs with a focus on our active lifecycles. Currently, our guides are focusing most on Red Quills, Tricos, PMDs, Caddis and Midges throughout their respective lifecycles. Focus your efforts on more oxygenated water (heavy structure and riffles)...as we move out of this hotter weather. As things cool down, and releases drop fish will spread out a bit more.

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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