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  1. Black Beauty  

  2. Zebra Midge  

  3. Prince Nymph  

  4. Juju Baetis  

  5. Hare's Ear  

  6. RS-2  

  7. Griffith's Gnat  

  8. Parachute Adams  

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Recent Guide Reports

Feb 20 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Its been rather cold on the Upper Basin for the last 2-3 weeks, alot like winter. However, it looks like things will come around a bit later this week and the longterm forecast looks very positive. Still, your best options will be in Upper Bighorn Canyon or Canon City until we get into March.

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: ICE

Salida Flowrate: 245 CFS

Clarity: Clear

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is finished for the year and flows are now at close to native on the Arkansas Freestone. Clarity is perfect, while flows are lower than average and closer to our early Springtime levels.

Suggested Methods

We're moving out of winter into Late 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

Feb 18 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Although its difficult to tell from the flow charts, flows along the Upper Arkansas have held relatively consistent. There is heavy ice accumulation above Buena Vista but downstream near Salida, the banks are relatively open and ice free. Continue to focus on the pronounced pools and runs where the trout have at least 1-2 feet of water above them if they are holding tight to the river bottom. Along with simple midge patterns, large messy patterns have been working well. Hares Ears, Pats Rubber Legs, Copper Johns and Prince Nymphs are all great lead flies. As a trailer, we recommend using Zebra Midges, red thread midges, Black Beauties and Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), 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) 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/

Feb 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Its still winter on the Upper Arkansas but with that said, the warmer afternoons have helped decrease some of the ice buildup along the banks. The mornings have been slow but if youre on the water during the afternoon, you can expect to find plenty of feeding trout in the pronounced runs. Leech patterns, Hares Ears, Prince Nymphs and Pheasant Tails have been productive when used as a lead fly. Trail those flies with a Zebra Midge, Black Beauty, Micro Mayfly or Foam Wing RS2. Clear water has made sight fishing easier, so take your time and observe the river before jumping in. If you cant see feeding trout, playing with your weight will help you locate the trout feeding lane. Start light and progressively work your way deeper by adding more weight.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), 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) 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/

Feb 08 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Serious sub-zero temps from Salida upstream the last few days...Ice flow will be substantial in this section until the end of the weekend.

Stream Conditions

Leadville Flowrate: ICE

Granite Flowrate: ICE

Salida Flowrate: ICE

Clarity: Clear

The VFMP (Voluntary Flow Management Program) is finished for the year and flows are now at close to native on the Arkansas Freestone. Clarity is perfect, while flows are lower than average and closer to our early Springtime levels.

Suggested Methods

We've entered the Winter season on the Arkansas River Basin. The Upper River can be a tough go of it for much of the Winter Season, but you may find the odd very warm day to get out and wet a line. 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

Feb 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows along the Upper Arkansas have held consistent but overnight freezing has become the norm. Letting the river sit in the morning will help you avoid slushy water. Once the slush has cleared and the water has warmed up, fishing the slow, deep runs in the center of the river has been productive. When the temperature is below freezing, heavy nymph rigs that drag along the bottom have been the key. In the afternoon, drop some weight and fish the upper water columns where the actively feeding trout like to hold. As we near the rainbow trout spawn, large lead flies will become increasingly more productive. Small leeches, worms, Pats Rubber Legs and Hares Ears will all get a hungry trouts attention. Trail your lead fly with simple midge and baetis patterns.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), 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) 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/

Fly Shop Directory

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Address: 1904 Araphoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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