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  1. Pat's Rubberlegs  

  2. Parachute Adams  

  3. Copper John  

  4. Pheasant Tail  

  5. Black Beauty  

  6. San Juan Worm  

  7. Prince Nymph  

  8. Mercury Midge  

  9. Juju Baetis  

  10. Zebra Midge  

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May 21 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Upper Ark flows have been on the move this week, climbing roughly 500 cfs since Monday. As a result, clarity is poor (6" - 1' of visibility) and fishing is a bit more difficult. Focusing on the slack water, banks and soft runs is a productive tactic right now. For the most part, nymphing and streamers are the way to go. Caddis and stonefly larva are great point flies at the moment. Trail one of those patterns with a flashy searcher pattern (red Copper John, Guides Choice Hares Ear or Frenchie) and a baetis emerger. When fishing streamers, black or white will be ideal as they will contrast the color of the water. Either hit the banks or strip upstream along the bank.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & 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/

May 17 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Warm weather last week led to increased flows on the Upper Ark between BV and Salida. Currently sitting at 947 cfs, flows are slightly above the historical average but clarity remains in tack. Focusing on the outer seams, slack water and softer runs is a productive tactic right now. You may see some action from a dry dropper or hopper dropper along the banks, but for the most part, nymphing and streamers are the way to go. Caddis and stonefly larva are great point flies at the moment. Trail one of those patterns with a flashy searcher pattern (red Copper John, Guides Choice Hares Ear or Frenchie) and a baetis emerger. If there is another jump in flows this week, expect clarity to decrease.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & 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/

May 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

(Note: Chaffee County has restricted non-residents of Chaffee County from visiting. Unfortunately, this means that the stretch from Twin Lakes to Salida is off limits for visitors. We will remove this notice and update our COVID-19 blog once this action has ended.) Runoff is here and Upper Ark flows have been on the rise. Over the last two weeks, flows rose by roughly 400 cfs and currently sit in the low 800 cfs range. Water clarity decreased last week but with relatively stable flows over the weekend, clarity improved a bit. With that said, big and/or flashy patterns are key. Pats Rubber Legs, Golden Stones, leeches, San Juan Worms and caddis larva are great lead patterns. For your trailer, go with a Rainbow Warrior, red Copper John, Frenchie or Juju Baetis. Clarity is best along the banks, so focus on the outer third of the river. Trout arent looking up as much as they were before runoff, but a caddis or dry dropper (Amys Ant or Chubby) will get some looks.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Friday & Saturday

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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