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  1. Black Beauty  

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  3. Mercury Midge  

  4. Juju Baetis  

  5. Zebra Midge  

  6. Barr's Emerger BWO  

  7. Leech  

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Jan 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Mild weather this week increased productivity during the afternoon but with morning lows sitting in the teens, slushy and unproductive mornings continue. Fluctuating between 150 and 250 cfs, the Upper Arkansas is low and gin clear. Fishing near Salida is still your best option as it contains more open water and deeper pools and runs. We recommend hitting the river around noon and fishing until 4 pm. During this window, the water will clear up and trout will be more active due to warmer air and water temperatures. Focus on the deep and slow pools, runs, pockets and slack water with a heavy nymph rig. Getting your flies into the deepest water column is critical, so dont be shy with your splitshot. Tungsten bead searcher nymphs, flashy attractors and midge larva patterns are productive lead flies. For you trailer, midge larva and emerger patterns such as Mercury Midges, Bling Midges, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers, RS2s and Blue Poison Tungs are good options.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/13, 1/14 & 1/15

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Back Emerger (#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), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Frenchie (#18-20), Roza's Red Tag Jig (#18), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

Jan 06 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Fishing on the Upper Arkansas is a bit limited right now due to ice buildup. Your best option right now is to fish near Salida where there is less ice and more open runs and pools. The mornings have been particularly tough due to sub-freezing temperatures, slush/ice runoff and sluggish fish. To avoid this, we recommend hitting the river between 11 am and noon and fishing until 4 pm. During this window, the water will clear up and trout will be more active due to warmer air and water temperatures. Focus on the deep and slow pools, runs, pockets and slack water with a heavy nymph rig. Getting your flies into the deepest water column is critical, so dont be shy with your splitshot. Tungsten bead searcher nymphs, flashy attractors and midge larva patterns are productive lead flies. For you trailer, midge larva and emerger patterns such as Mercury Midges, Bling Midges, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers, RS2s and blue Poison Tungs are good options. Water clarity is high so focus on keeping a low profile along the bank and ensure clean drag-free presentations.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/4, 1/7 & 1/8

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Back Emerger (#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), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Frenchie (#18-20), Roza's Red Tag Jig (#18), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

Dec 30 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Due to heavy ice buildup, the stretch from Big Bend through Salida is the most productive option. From Big Bend up to Leadville, anglers will encounter difficult fishing due to ice buildup. Due to cold morning temps and low flows (100 250 cfs), we recommend fishing sections that receive ample sunlight and contain slow and deep runs/pools. At this point in the year, all of the action is sub-surface. Heavy nymph rigs with small, flashy attractor patterns and midge larva/pupa are getting the job done. Until the water warms up in the afternoon, lead with a small attractor such as a Rainbow Warrior or Frenchie and trail a midge larva pattern. Double midge patterns will work as well. In the afternoon, swap out your larva trailer for a midge pupa. Blood Midges, Miracle Midges, Mercury Midges and Black Beauties are all productive midge offerings right now. Like most other rivers, the 11 am 3 pm window is the most productive. Prior to 11 am, trout will be sluggish and anglers will encounter ice and slush runoff.

Ideal Days to Fish: 12/31, 1/1 & 1/2

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Foam Back Emerger (#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), Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Frenchie (#18-20), Roza's Red Tag Jig (#18), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

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