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  1. Black Beauty  

  2. Prince Nymph  

  3. Mercury Midge  

  4. Juju Baetis  

  5. Zebra Midge  

  6. Barr's Emerger BWO  

  7. Leech  

  8. Foam Back Emerger  

  9. WD-40  

  10. RS-2  

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Oct 21 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Flows on the Upper Ark between Buena Vista and Salida continue to hold in the mid 200 cfs range. Closer to Leadville, flows are sitting just a bit below 100 cfs. These are great levels as we move deeper into fall. Temps in the Upper Ark valley are starting to taper off and next week in particular looks cold, so its time to start sleeping in a bit more and hitting the river around 10 am and fishing hard until 4 pm. During the low light hours and overcast days, were still seeing productive results on dry droppers when trout are holding along the banks. An All Season Caddis/Elk Hair Caddis or small Amys Ant will do the trick for a dry dropper. Surface activity is less consistent but if you see rising trout, take full advantage with a Griffiths Gnat or #24 Parachute Adams. With all that said, nymphing is the most consistent approach right now. Focus on the deep, slow pools and runs during the morning and after 4 pm. During the middle of the day, actively feeding trout will slide into the slow riffles, transition areas, runs and seams. Leeches, San Juan Worms, red Copper Johns, Rainbow Warriors and Buckskin Caddis are great lead patterns. Below one of those patterns, trail small midge larva/pupa or baetis patterns. JuJu Baetis, olive RS2s, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers, Mercury Midges and red Zebra Midges are our go-tos right now. If youre not seeing any action, swap out your large lead pattern for a midge larva.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Friday

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), 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/

Oct 15 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Over the last week, flows on the Upper Ark between Buena Vista and Salida increased by 50 cfs and currently sit at 300 cfs. While this wont have a material impact on fishing, we do expect trout to spread out a bit more in the afternoon when water temps rise. Water clarity is high right now and that has made these trout a bit more skittish and selective. If you find that your cast is spooking trout, switch out your thingamabober indicator for a yarn indicator. If that doesnt work, a dry double dropper will do the trick. A PMX or Amys Ant will hold two nymphs and small split shot nicely. While those dries will largely act as an indicator, dont be surprised if a few advantageous trout rise for them. Midge and BWO hatches have been relatively consistent lately, so if youre looking to get some dry fly fishing in, make sure to Griffiths Gnats and Parachute Adams on hand. The 9 am 2 pm window has been the most productive for dry fly fishing. When nymphing, focus on the pronounced pools, runs, pockets and transition areas. Mini Leeches, San Juan Worms, eggs, red Copper Johns and Rainbow Warriors are great lead flies at the moment. Below one of those patterns, trail a Mercury Midge, Black Beauty, red Zebra Midge, Mercury Pheasant Tail, RS2 or Barrs Emerger.

Ideal Days to Fish: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

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), 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/

Oct 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Flows are steady and water clarity is high. Stable conditions have led to active and hungry trout but anglers will need to downsize their tippet and practice stealthy fishing. 5x fluorocarbon tippet is working well when nymphing but if youre targeting rising trout, 6x fluorocarbon tippet may be necessary. In addition to that, we recommend fishing a dry dropper setup in shallow water to decrease surface disturbance. In deeper runs, pools and riffles, a nymph rig with a yarn indicator will do the trick. San Juan Worms, caddis larva, Guides Choice Hares Ears, red Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails and Frenchies are great lead flies on a nymph rig. Below one of those patterns, you can either trail a single midge or baetis pattern or run a triple nymph rig. If you go with a triple rig, trail a Mercury Midge, Zebra Midge or JuJu Baetis below your point fly. Below your second fly, trail a Top Secret Midge or Black Beauty in the morning and evening. In the afternoon, RS2s, Barrs Emergers, Chocolate Foam Back Emergers and WD40s will get the job done. Slow pools, banks, slack water and outer seams are great areas to target during the morning and evening. During the afternoon, show the riffles, pockets and runs some love.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

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), 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/

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