Arkansas River
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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Black Beauty  

  2. Zebra Midge  

  3. Baetis Nymph  

  4. Pheasant Tail  

  5. Prince Nymph  

  6. Mercury Midge  

  7. Juju Baetis  

  8. Leech  

  9. Disco Midge  

  10. RS-2  

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Feb 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Upper Ark below BV held steady last week in the mid 450 cfs range. Heavy snow from the last two weeks definitely added more snow to the banks but for the most part, the river remains ice free. Water temps are low and as a result, anglers will find the most success focusing on the soft water. The banks, slack water, outer seams and slow pools are holding the most trout at the moment. Nymphing continues to be the most consistent method but if youre on the river during a warm afternoon, keep an eye out for midge activity. Risers have been sporadic but if you find a trout actively feeding on the surface, dont hold back from tying on a Griffiths Gnat. When nymphing, lead with either a large or flashy attractor pattern. Leeches, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs and caddis larva are solid large patterns. For flashy, we prefer to go with either a Rainbow Warrior or red Copper John. Below that, keep it simple with a size 24 midge pupa/emerger or size 22 baetis emerger.

Ideal Days to Fish: Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

Feb 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

There was some movement on the flow chart late last week but its hard to say whether it was a true change in flows or increased buildup of ice due to sustained low temperatures. Either way, flows have returned to the mid 400 cfs range. Unless youre fishing during an abnormally warm afternoon, focusing on the slow water will be the key. Heavy nymph rigs drifted along the outer seams, banks and slack water continues to produce the best results. Were starting to see increased midge activity between 11 am and 2 pm and that has brought trout up from the bottom of the river and closer to the surface. If you see this, drop your weight and fish midge pupa patterns. Aside from that scenario, deep and slow drifts are ideal. Trout have been keying in on larger offerings lately, so dont hesitate to lead with a large Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Copper John or Two-Bit Hooker. Below that, trail a midge larva followed by a pupa. This will help you cover the whole bug spectrum.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

Feb 03 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Letting the river warm up has been key on the Upper Ark. With sub-freezing overnight temps, trout are highly lethargic and uninterested in feeding until the sun has a chance to warm up the water. This week in particular will serve up five days with afternoon temps above 40 degrees. Midge activity has been consistent on warmer days, so be on the lookout around noon and 2 pm. Because of this, midge pupa pattterns have been hot trailer flies. Chocolate Foam Wing Emergers, Mercury Black Beauties and Top Secrets are must haves. As far as your lead fly goes, we prefer either a Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge or attractor pattern. Start with a midge larva and if youre not seeing action, switch it up to a Rainbow Warrior, Guides Choice Hares Ear or Prince Nymph. Focus on the soft water in the morning and the outer seams and runs in the afternoon.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#22-24), Stalcup's Baetis (#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), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), Mayer's Mini-Leech and San Juan Worm.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22 - #24), Griffiths Gnat (#24)



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

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