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Aug 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Upper Ark flows between BV and Salida held steady last week in the low 700 cfs range. Up in Leadville, flows declined and currently sit at 30 cfs. With low flows through Leadville, the 9 am 1 pm and 5 pm 8 pm window will be your best bet. While you should keep an eye on water temps downstream as well, healthy flows have helped keep water temps at a sustainable level. Morning and evening dry dropper/hopper dropper action has been productive. Amys Ants, Chubby Chernobyls, PMXs and Elk Hair Caddis are great dry fly options for a dry dropper setup. For your dropper, Pats Rubber Legs, Iron Sallys, Rainbow Warriors, Frenchies and Guides Choice Hares Ears are all solid options. Hit the outer seams and banks with this setup. When nymphing, focus on the deeper and faster water. Heavy weight is needed, so dont be shy with your split shot. Stoneflies, caddis larva/pupa, searchers and baetis emergers are all fair game. Lead with a stone, caddis or searcher and trail a baetis emerger or caddis pupa.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22) Prince Nymph (#16-18), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#18-20), Hare's Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#24), Chubby Chernobyl (#10 - 12), Amy's Ant (#14), Hippy Stomper (#12 - 14)



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

Aug 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Upper Arkansas River flows increased early last week by a couple hundred CFS but have sense dropped into the low 700 cfs range. At 700 cfs, the stretch between BV and Salida is productive while wading and floating. Hopper droppers have been productive during the late morning and early afternoon. Hippy Stompers and Chubby Chernobyls trailed by a Pats Rubber Legs, Frenchie or Guides Choice Hares will work well. When nymphing, target shelves, pockets, riffles and runs. Stick to the slower water during the morning and in the afternoon, target faster moving water. Iron Sallys, Pats Rubber Legs and caddis larva are solid lead patterns. Below one of those, go with a flashy attractor or emerger. If you decide to fish above BV in Leadville, expect low flows, warm afternoon water temps and heavy crowds. Focus on the banks and riffles with a dry dropper or hopper dropper.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22) Prince Nymph (#16-18), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#18-20), Hare's Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#24), Chubby Chernobyl (#10 - 12), Amy's Ant (#14), Hippy Stomper (#12 - 14)



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

Aug 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Upper Arkansas River flows increased early last week by a couple hundred CFS but have sense dropped into the low 700 cfs range. At 700 cfs, the stretch between BV and Salida is productive while wading and floating. Hopper droppers have been productive during the late morning and early afternoon. Hippy Stompers and Chubby Chernobyls trailed by a Pats Rubber Legs, Frenchie or Guides Choice Hares will work well. When nymphing, target shelves, pockets, riffles and runs. Stick to the slower water during the morning and in the afternoon, target faster moving water. Iron Sallys, Pats Rubber Legs and caddis larva are solid lead patterns. Below one of those, go with a flashy attractor or emerger. If you decide to fish above BV in Leadville, expect low flows, warm afternoon water temps and heavy crowds. Focus on the banks and riffles with a dry dropper or hopper dropper.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22) Prince Nymph (#16-18), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#18-20), Hare's Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

Jul 30 The Blue Quill Angler

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This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
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Jul 26 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Flows increased over the weekend between BV and Salida. Sitting in the low 800 cfs range, the fishing is good and wading is possible on most stretches. This is also a great time to float the Ark, so if youve been itching to get your boat out, we highly recommend checking this stretch out. Chubby Chernobyls, Amys Ants and Hippy Stompers trailed by stonefly or attractor patterns are picking up trout along the banks. When fishing the riffles, pockets and runs, a heavy nymph rig is key. Lead with a large stonefly or caddis pattern and trail a mix of searchers and baetis patterns. Rainbow Warriors, red Copper Johns, Guides Choice Hares Ears, RS2s and Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tails are some of our favorites. Up north in Leadville, the Ark is fishing well but for the most action, we recommend hitting it hard from 11 am 4 pm. During this window, the water will warm up nicely and trout will feed above and below the surface.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Barr's Emerger (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22) Prince Nymph (#16-18), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#18-20), Hare's Ear (#16-18), Electric Caddis (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Black Beauty (#22-24), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#22-24), Disco Midge (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Sparkle Dun (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

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