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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Leech  

  2. RS-2  

  3. Parachute Adams  

  4. Chubby Chernoble  

  5. Elk Hair Caddis  

  6. San Juan Worm  

  7. Pat's Rubberlegs  

  8. Baetis Nymph  

  9. Pheasant Tail  

  10. Electric Caddis  

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Jun 23 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

While flows have dropped a bit over the last few days, the Upper Ark is still in runoff mode. At 1930 cfs (below Granite), anglers will be confined to fishing the outer seams and banks. Another option for anglers is to fish near Leadville where flows are 650 cfs. Regardless off the section, big and flashy is the name of the game. Large dry droppers and heavy nymph rigs will work well on the sections near Leadville. From BV down to Salida, its all about heavy nymph rigs. Color and size are the most important factors when selecting flies. In off color water, colors that contrast the water will produce the best results (black, white, red etc.). The most productive patterns lately have been leeches, stoneflies, worms, bright green caddis larva and flashy midge/baetis emergers. These patterns will get you on a few fish, but if youre looking for more productive fishing, consider checking out one of the nearby tailwaters.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: 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/

Jun 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Below Buena Vista, the Arkansas River is ripping at 2250 cfs. Fast currents, off color water and poor clarity has made this section difficult to fish. So, if youre dead set on fishing the Ark, we recommend fishing closer to Leadville. Flows are still elevated but compared to the lower section, its more manageable. The best tactic right now is to focus on the outer seams and banks where the currents are slowest. Our preference right now is a heavy nymph rig. A dry dropper setup using a Chubby Chernobyl or Amys Ant followed by a Graphic Caddis or searcher pattern will also work along shallow banks and runs. For sub-surface flies, big and flashy is the name of the game. Leeches, Pats Rubber Legs, Golden Stones, worms and caddis larva are all solid options. Aside from pounding the banks, our biggest piece of advice is to be patient and adjust your depth/weight before switching flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: 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/

Jun 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Runoff has officially hit the Upper Arkansas River. Flows above Buena Vista are in the 600 cfs range and from Buena Vista Salida, flows are roaring at 2140 cfs. With only 1 ft. of visibility below BV, the most productive fishing will be closer to Leadville where the elevation is higher and there are less tributaries. Fishing the outer seams, banks and slack water is the name of the game right now. These trout are looking to conserve energy and as a result, they will hold deep and in the slower moving water. Weight is absolutely critical in order to get your flies down quickly. Along with weight, large and flashy patterns are necessary to get the trouts attention in the off-color water. Black Pats Rubber Legs, leeches and worms are great lead flies. Below that, Electric Caddis, Graphic Caddis, black JuJu Baetis, black/red Zebra Midges and attractor patterns will work well.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: 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/

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

After several days of warm weather, flows on the Upper Ark continue to rise and currently sit at 1020 cfs. With more warm weather in the forecast, theres a good chance flows will continue to increase and lead to more difficult fishing. Clarity is poor and visibility is limited. Knowing this, we recommend using heavy nymphs in colors that contrast the water or have flash. For dries, stick with large patterns such as Chubby Chernobyls, Foam Caddis and stimulators. The best visibility right now is along the outer seams and banks, so focus most of your effort on those sections and the slow pools. Bead Head Prince Nymphs, Flashback Pheasant Tails, Psycho Prince Nymphs, black JuJu Baetis, Electric Caddis and black Pats Rubber Legs are great sub-surface patterns.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: 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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