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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Pheasant Tail  

  2. Midge Larva  

  3. Black Beauty  

  4. Prince Nymph  

  5. Mercury Midge  

  6. Juju Baetis  

  7. Zebra Midge  

  8. Barr's Emerger BWO  

  9. Leech  

  10. Foam Back Emerger  

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Recent Guide Reports

Jan 20 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

While fishing on the Upper Ark is far from hot, it has been consistent and for a freestone during the winter, thats about all we can ask for! For the next couple of months, continue to focus your efforts near Salida where there is more open water. Slow pools, runs, pockets and slack water are all fair game. Water temps are low, which makes those soft sections prime holding places for trout. Heavy double and triple nymph rigs are the most productive tactic right now. Lead with a searcher or flashy attractor pattern and trail it with small midge larva/pupa patterns. Perdigons, Frenchies, Rainbow Warriors and Pheasant Tails have been our go-to lead patterns lately. Within the next week or two, we should see more stoneflies in the water as they molt, so keep a few of those patterns on hand. Air temperatures have been relatively mild lately, which has led to productive afternoons on the river.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/18, 1/20 & 1/122

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), 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 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/

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