Arkansas River
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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Baetis Nymph  

  2. Leech  

  3. RS-2  

  4. Chubby Chernoble  

  5. Copper John  

  6. San Juan Worm  

  7. Pheasant Tail  

  8. Black Beauty  

  9. Hopper  

  10. Prince Nymph  

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Sep 15 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The Upper Arkansas River has been consistent and productive. Flows are at the perfect level to wade and cover a lot of water. The banks and slow, deep pools have been the place to be between 7 am and 11 am. Nymph these sections with midge and baetis patterns and youll be sure to find a few trout on the end of your line. Once the water warms up, trout will slide into the faster runs, riffles and outer seams along the banks. If youre fishing along the bank or in shallow riffles, a hopper dropper setup will get the job done. Amys Ants, Chubby Chernobyls and Hippy Stompers will continue to be productive on the surface until overnight temps drop below freezing. Trail one of those patterns with a searcher (Hares Ear, Prince Nymph, Copper John) or a baetis emerger. If youre fishing the faster water, nymph with plenty weight to help get your flies down quickly.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Griffiths Gnat (#24) and Chubby Chernobyl (#8 - 12)



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

Sep 08 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The Upper Arkansas is fishing well between Leadville and Salida. Flows near Leadville are low and the water is gin clear, so do your best to sight fish. Dry dropper and hopper dropper setups have been highly effective. Lead with a tan Chubby Chernobyl, Hippy Stomper or Yellow Sally and trail a baetis emerger or searcher pattern 24+ behind it. Between BV and Salida, anglers have their choice of dry flies, dry droppers, nymphs and streamers. Caddis and stonefly patterns have been effective on dry dropper rigs from 9 am 1 pm. If trout are actively feeding on the surface, a single dry fly setup will do the trick. When nymphing, focus on the deep pools, runs and riffles. Stonefly nymphs and large searcher patterns (Hares Ear, Copper John, Prince Nymph) have been effective lead flies. Below one of those patterns, trail one or two baetis emergers. If youre not seeing any action, the best solution is to add more weight before changing flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Griffiths Gnat (#24) and Chubby Chernobyl (#8 - 12)



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

Sep 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Its prime fishing on the Upper Ark right now. With flows between BV and Salida sitting at 271 cfs, anglers should plan to cover a lot of water. As flows dropped over the past few weeks, bug activity has really picked up. Various mayfly and stonefly hatches are occurring, so come prepared to fish dries and dry dropper rigs. If you see actively rising trout, do your best to match the hatch and fish a dry fly. If you cant identify the hatch, a size 20-22 Parachute Adams will cover tricos, PMDs and BWOs. For a dry dropper setup, you cant go wrong with Chubby Chernobyls, Hippy Stompers and Amys Ants. Below one of those patterns, trail a Golden Stonefly Nymph, Pats Rubber Legs or baetis emerger. Target the banks and dont be afraid to make a splash. If youre not seeing surface activity, switch to a heavy nymph rig. The banks will continue to produce, but dont ignore the deep pools and runs. Lead with a large stonefly or searcher pattern and trail one or two baetis emergers.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#16 - 18), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Griffiths Gnat (#24) and Chubby Chernobyl (#8 - 12)



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

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