Arkansas River
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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Pheasant Tail  

  2. Black Beauty  

  3. Zebra Midge  

  4. RS-2  

  5. Top Secret Midge  

  6. Baetis Nymph  

  7. Prince Nymph  

  8. Elk Hair Caddis  

  9. Juju Baetis  

  10. Hare's Ear  

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Recent Guide Reports

Dec 08 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

It is business as usual on the Upper Ark below Buena Vista. Flows have held steady and trout are feeding consistently along the banks and in the slow pools. The heavy nymph rig with comparatively bigger lead flies like a leech or stonefly followed by one or more smaller midge or baetis patterns will produce the best results. Egg sucking leeches, Pats Rubber Legs and Guides Choice Hares Ears make for great lead flies while smaller Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, Frenchies, Black Beauties and Jujubaetis are producing trailer flies. Air temps will sit at or near sub-freezing levels for most of the week. As such, let the water sit in the morning and hit the afternoon shift for the best results. Air pressure is set to remain elevated so go with smaller attractor patterns as your trailer flies. Rainbow Warriors tend to be an unconscious favorite, but you cant go wrong with a red Copper John.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Friday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), 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 (#20-22), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), 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/

Dec 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Upper Ark below Buena Vista have been consistent, holding between 550 and 600 cfs. While this is close to double the average for this time of year, trout have adjusted and fishing has been consistent. With cold water temps and elevated flows, approach this river with a run-off mindset. This means you should target the slow pools, runs and soft water along the banks. Anything that is 2+ft deep with a slow current is fair game. Even in slow water, heavy nymph rigs are the most productive right now. Stonefly, leech, worm and searcher patterns are productive lead flies when the barometric pressure is low. When the pressure is high, lead with a flashy pattern such as Rainbow Warrior, red Copper John or Disco Midge. Below your lead fly, trail a midge larva pattern followed by a midge or baetis emerger.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), 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 (#20-22), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), 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/

Nov 25 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Upper Arkansas River flows below Buena Vista continue to hold around 600 cfs. Flows are high for this time of year and based on what weve heard from shops in the area, it sounds like flows will remain above average throughout the winter. With high flows and low water temps, trout are primarily holding in the slow pools, slack water near banks and along the banks. Targeting water with a slow current is key. Minimal hatch activity has made nymphing the most productive tactic. Small midge and baetis patterns are must-haves but make sure to also have an assortment of searcher patterns (Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears, Copper Johns, Prince Nymphs), Pats Rubber Legs and caddis larva. These patterns are particularly productive as a lead fly. When the barometric pressure is low, leeches are also a solid option. Get your flies down deep by using plenty of splitshot or tungsten bead head flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), RS2 (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), 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 (#20-22), Zebra Midge (#20-22), Top Secret Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), 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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