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  1. Baetis Nymph  

  2. Pheasant Tail  

  3. Black Beauty  

  4. San Juan Worm  

  5. Prince Nymph  

  6. Juju Baetis  

  7. Pat's Rubberlegs  

  8. Zebra Midge  

  9. Leech  

  10. BWO Emerger  

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Oct 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The upper ark is fishing well right now, but with cold overnight and morning temps, the late morning and afternoon windows have been the most productive. Flows are at a comfortable spot for this time of year (245 cfs), so look for trout to spread out as the day progresses. Last weeks cold front put an end to terrestrial activity, so the best use now for a hopper pattern is on a dry dropper setup. This is effective if youre looking to hit the shallow banks and runs. Aside from the afternoon BWO hatch (1pm 3 pm), nymphing and streamers are the most productive methods right now. When nymphing, lead with a Guides Choice Hares Ear, Buckskin Caddis, red Copper John, San Juan Worm or leech. Below that, trail midge larva/pupa in the morning and baetis emergers in the afternoon. If youre not seeing any action, Rainbow Warriors are great slump busters this time of year.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), 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), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), 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/

Oct 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fall is really starting to set in on the Upper Ark. Layering up is key due to cool morning temps and warm afternoons. With overnight temps dropping near freezing, your best bet is to hold off fishing until 9 or 10 am. Allowing the river to warm up will increase your odds of finding active trout. At 233 cfs, were seeing trout stack up in the pronounced pools, runs and transition areas. Unless afternoon temps creep into the 70s, dont expect to see much action in the faster moving water. Hopper droppers continue to be productive along the banks in the afternoon, so if youre not seeing results on your nymph rig, this is a good alternative option. When nymphing, lead with a caddis larva, Rainbow Warrior, red Copper John or #16-18 searcher pattern such as a Guides Choice Hares Ear. Below that, trail midge emergers in the morning and baetis emergers after 11 am. As we near the spawn, streamers will become increasingly more productive, so make sure to have a couple on hand.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), 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), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), 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/

Sep 29 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Upper Arkansas flows continue to gradually drop as we move further into fall. Overnight and morning temps have been cool, so dont be surprised if you experience a slow start in the morning. With that said, were still seeing decent hatch activity, so dont rule out dry fly fishing. Dry and dry dropper setups have been effective during the morning when fished along the shallow banks and pools. Griffiths Gnats and #22 Parachute Adams will work well on their own while Hippie Stompers and Amys Ants will produce well when trailed by a caddis larva, searcher pattern or midge/baetis emerger. Once the sun rises in the sky and warms up the water, trout will push into the runs, pools, transition areas and slow riffles. Unless you see surface activity, we recommend nymphing these sections with plenty of weight. Searcher patterns such as Guides Choice Hares Ear, Prince Nymphs and Pheasant Tails have been consistent lead patterns. If the barometric pressure is low, Pats Rubber Legs, Golden Stones and leech patterns will do the trick. Behind your lead fly, trail one or two baetis emergers. Two Bit Hookers, Barrs Emergers, RS2s, and JuJu Baetis have been hot lately.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), 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), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), 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/

Sep 26 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The Upper Ark is right where it should be this time of year and its fishing well. At 218 cfs, trout are spread out and feeding above and below the surface. In the morning, focus on the slow pools, runs and banks. Start with a nymph rig and lead with a caddis larva followed by one or two midge patterns. Once the water warms up, be on the lookout for Red Quill, caddis and BWO activity. Terrestrials will also be productive for another week or two, so keep some Hippy Stompers and Amys Ants on hand. Unless trout are actively rising, a dry dropper will do the trick. If all else fails, resort back to a nymph rig. Leading with a leech, caddis larva, Guides Choice Hares Ear or Frenchie will be productive. Below that, trail a Flashback Pheasant Tail followed by an RS2, JuJu Baetis or Barrs Emerger.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: Pats Rubber Legs (#10-12), Little Yellow Sloan (#12-16), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Thunder (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22) Prince Nymph (#16 - 18), 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), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Sparkle Pupa (#16) Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), 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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