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  1. Hopper  

  2. Leech  

  3. Chubby Chernoble  

  4. Copper John  

  5. Golden Stonefly  

  6. San Juan Worm  

  7. Pheasant Tail  

  8. Gray Drake  

  9. Black Beauty  

  10. Prince Nymph  

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Aug 11 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows below Buena Vista continue to drop and at 774 cfs, the stretch between BV and Salida is getting dangerously close to being a productive option again. If youre looking to fish this stretch, locate a wide section of the river where the current is slower. With trout hugging the banks, hopper droppers along the outer seams and banks is the way to go. The stretch through Leadville continues to fish incredibly well. Unfortunately, were not the only ones who have figured that out, so expect to see heavy crowds. Fishing dry droppers and hopper droppers along the banks is our go-to strategy right now. An Amys Ants trailed by baetis or caddis emerger is a great place to start. Water clarity is high, so dont be afraid to make long casts. A stonefly, caddis and baetis nymph rig will work well if youre looking to fish the deeper runs and pools.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

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/

Aug 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Upper Arkansas flows between BV and Salida are on a decline and productivity is improving, day-by-day. With that said, until flows drop below 700 cfs, we recommend focusing on the banks, outer seams and slack water with a hopper dropper or heavy nymph rig. Our preferred stretch right now is in Leadville where flows are spot-on and navigating the river is easier. For the most part, you should focus on the banks and outer seams with a hopper dropper or dry dropper setup. Chubby Chernobyls, Amys Ants and Hippy Stompers are highly productive, especially when trailed by a Pats Rubber Legs, caddis larva or baetis emerger. If you see caddis flying around, dont hesitate to switch to an Elk Hair Caddis. Nymphing will be the most productive in the deep pools, runs and riffles. Until flows drop below 700 cfs, our daily FlyCasts will be geared towards fishing in Leadville.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & 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/

Jul 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

While the Upper Ark between Buena Vista and Salida is still running high, flows through Leadville are at a productive level. If youre fishing between Buena Vista and Salida, plan to fish a deep and heavy nymph rig with large bugs or a hopper dropper. Either way, youll want to focus on the slower water between the outer seams and banks. Elk Hair Caddis, Chubby Chernobyls and Hippy Stompers are our go-to dries for this stretch. Sub-surface, you cant go wrong with brown/black Pats Rubber Legs, red San Juan Worm, Golden Stone, Electric Caddis and JuJu Baetis. If youre fishing in Leadville, youll see plenty of action above and below the surface. Dry droppers and hopper droppers are a great place to start if you dont see trout actively rising. Caddis, PMDs and Chubby Chernobyls have been highly productive lately. If youre fishing the deeper runs and pools, a double or triple stonefly, caddis and baetis nymph rig will do the trick.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Saturday & 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/

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