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  1. Pheasant Tail  

  2. Prince Nymph  

  3. Juju Baetis  

  4. Pat's Rubberlegs  

  5. Zebra Midge  

  6. Leech  

  7. Parachute BWO  

  8. BWO  

  9. Parachute Adams  

  10. Copper John  

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Apr 14 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Upper Arkansas were volatile last week due to a substantial release from Twin Lakes Reservoir. The release occurred last Wednesday and shot the flows up from 400 CFS to 700 CFS. Since then, the flows have slowly decreased to 330 CFS. While this increase kicked up a lot of bugs in the river, it definitely altered trout behavior and made fishing difficult. If the flows remain relatively stable this week, trout will normalize and the fishing will improve. Large lead flies are the key right now when nymphing. Pats Rubber Legs, worms and leeches will get the trouts attention. Trail your lead fly with either a black, white or red midge pattern, a flashy baetis or searcher. Focus on the pronounced pools, runs and slick water using plenty of weight. During the absence of a hatch, the trout will be holding deep.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 24) and Griffiths Gnat (#24).



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

Apr 12 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

This bump in release has definitely changed the game on the Upper River. Flows are now just over 800cfs at the Salida gauge (575cfs of release water), and this is after a bump of 300cfs in the last 72 hours. Fish have bumped to the edges and soft water pockets where we've still got some strong clarity, making it a bit more like Summertime fishing. In addition, fish have been very opportunistic on bigger Rubberleg Stones, Caddis Larva and Streamers, and productivity has been there for those that like to cover water. The edge scouring from the releases is beginning to settle, so we should see dramatically better clarity in the next 24hrs. Better water temps are expected on the lower basin with a bit of a warm-up as we head into the weekend, but we aren't expected to see a substantial warm-up in Salida (and the same goes Upstream), so we'll have to see how that plays out. We expect for flows to hold in the 550-800cfs window on the Upper Basin until April 15th, at which time BOR plans to reduce releases by 200cfs for Caddis season. This flowrate is fine to wade, however crossing the river is not advised in many locations...for those of you that are floating, you've got some easy water for that. Remember, there are limitless great options within 30 minutes of Canon City, including the Arkansas Tailwater (which has been incredible).

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: 455 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 612 CFS

Clarity: Clear to Clearing (3ft of Viz)

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is in effect now with around 250cfs of release out of Twin Lakes. We will most likely see more adjustments in release over the course of the next few weeks as snowpack calculations/ water movement decisions are made at our contributing tailraces. The overall goal is to keep flows lower for Caddis Activity and continued Brown Trout Fry Emergence, however, with snowpack over 150% on the basin...release could be variable.

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Spring on the Upper Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but we've started to see some warming trends. On the bug scene, much of what we focus on is in the Midge lifecycle along with our standard staples of Stoneflies, Caddis Larva and BWO nymphs. Focus your efforts on the substrate in deeper tail-outs. BWO hatches are evident most days, so be sure to have a full lifecycle ready to fish.

Ready to learn how to approach low-water Fall fishing on the Arkansas? Call us (888) 994-6743 to book a guide...

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

Apr 11 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

This bump in release has definitely changed the game on the Upper River. Flows are now just over 800cfs at the Salida gauge (575cfs of release water), and this is after a bump of 300cfs in the last 72 hours. Fish have bumped to the edges and soft water pockets where we've still got some strong clarity, making it a bit more like Summertime fishing. In addition, fish have been very opportunistic on bigger Rubberleg Stones, Caddis Larva and Streamers, and productivity has been there for those that like to cover water. The edge scouring from the releases is beginning to settle, so we should see dramatically better clarity in the next 24hrs. Better water temps are expected on the lower basin with a bit of a warm-up as we head into the weekend, but we aren't expected to see a substantial warm-up in Salida (and the same goes Upstream), so we'll have to see how that plays out. We expect for flows to hold in the 550-800cfs window on the Upper Basin until April 15th, at which time BOR plans to reduce releases by 200cfs for Caddis season. This flowrate is fine to wade, however crossing the river is not advised in many locations...for those of you that are floating, you've got some easy water for that. Remember, there are limitless great options within 30 minutes of Canon City, including the Arkansas Tailwater (which has been incredible).

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: 636 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 817 CFS

Clarity:Clear Edges (off-color center current tongue from edge scouring)

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is in effect now with around 500cfs of release out of Twin Lakes. We will continue to see a release at this level until April 15th due to the current snowpack levels (close to 150% of average) in order to make room for incoming snow melt in Late May. On April 15th, we should see a substantial reduction (200cfs or so) for Caddis season.

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Spring on the Upper Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but we've started to see some warming trends. On the bug scene, much of what we focus on is in the Midge lifecycle along with our standard staples of Stoneflies, Caddis Larva and BWO nymphs. Focus your efforts on the substrate in deeper tail-outs. BWO hatches are evident most days, so be sure to have a full lifecycle ready to fish.

Ready to learn how to approach low-water Fall fishing on the Arkansas? Call us (888) 994-6743 to book a guide...

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

Apr 09 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Starting to see BWO activity really move along in the Salida to Browns Canyon stretch...water temps are finally where we need them for consistent full lifecycle activity. Above Browns its still a relatively slow go, but on warm days there has been some good nymphing activity. Overall, things are looking good on the Upper Basin, but still a few weeks behind Bighorn Canyon...so plan accordingly.

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: 425 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 775 CFS

Clarity: Tinted to Clear

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is in effect now with around 500cfs of release out of Twin Lakes. We will continue to see a release at this level until April 15th due to the current snowpack levels (close to 150% of average) in order to make room for incoming snow melt in Late May. On April 15th, we should see a substantial reduction (200cfs or so) for Caddis season.

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Spring on the Upper Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but we've started to see some warming trends. On the bug scene, much of what we focus on is in the Midge lifecycle along with our standard staples of Stoneflies, Caddis Larva and BWO nymphs. Focus your efforts on the substrate in deeper tail-outs. BWO hatches are evident most days, so be sure to have a full lifecycle ready to fish.

Ready to learn how to approach low-water Fall fishing on the Arkansas? Call us (888) 994-6743 to book a guide...

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

Apr 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

At this point, we may sound like a broken record, but the freestones are really heating up and the Upper Arkansas is no exception. Flows are at 390 CFS and the water clarity is decent for this time of year. If you do find yourself in a section below a tributary, the clarity will decrease. Use black, white, red or flashy flies in this situation. The water is still pretty cold, so continue to focus most of your effort on the slow pools, runs and riffles. Save the fast runs and riffles for the summer. Frenchies, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs and Pats Rubber Legs have been hot when fished above midge and/or baetis emergers.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 24) and Griffiths Gnat (#24).



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

Apr 06 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Starting to see BWO activity really move along in the Salida to Browns Canyon stretch...water temps are finally where we need them for consistent full lifecycle activity. Above Browns its still a relatively slow go, but on warm days there has been some good nymphing activity. Overall, things are looking good on the Upper Basin, but still a few weeks behind Bighorn Canyon...so plan accordingly.

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: 425 CFS

Salida Flowrate: 560 CFS

Clarity: Tinted to Clear

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is in effect now with around 300cfs of release out of Twin Lakes. We will continue to see some augmented release due to the current snowpack levels (over 100%) in order to make room for incoming snow melt in Late May.

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Early Spring on the Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but we'll start to see some warming trends. On the bug scene, much of what we focus on is in the Midge lifecycle along with our standard staples of Stoneflies, Caddis Larva and BWO nymphs. Focus your efforts on the substrate in deeper tail-outs.

Ready to learn how to approach low-water Fall fishing on the Arkansas? Call us (888) 994-6743 to book a guide...

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

Apr 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Over the course of last week, flows on the Upper Arkansas gradually declined and currently sit at 425 CFS. At this level, there are still plenty of deep pools and runs to fish and the clarity is improving. Leeches, worms, large searcher and attractor patterns have been productive lead flies. Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns, Guides Choice Hares Ears and Beadhead Prince Nymphs are all solid options. Hatch activity has been improving as well, which has made midge pupae and baetis emerger patterns productive trailer flies. If youre fishing on a warm day, dont be surprised if you see trout rising to the midge and BWO hatches. In this situation, hit the slow pools, slick water and banks.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 24) and Griffiths Gnat (#24).



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

Mar 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Over the course of the week, flows on the Upper Arkansas have gradually declined. Sitting at 540 CFS at the beginning of the week, flows are now holding at 354 CFS. At this level, there are still plenty of deep pools and runs to fish and clarity should improve over the weekend. Leeches, worms, large searcher and attractor patterns have been productive lead flies. Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns, Guides Choice Hares Ears and Beadhead Prince Nymphs are all solid options. Hatch activity has been improving as well, which has made midge pupae and baetis emerger patterns productive trailer flies. If youre fishing on a warm day, dont be surprised if you see trout rising to the midge and BWO hatches. In this situation, hit the slow pools, slick water and banks.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 20), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#22 - 24) and Griffiths Gnat (#24).



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

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