Fishing Report: Arkansas River

Courtesy of ArkAnglers Fly Shop

Flow at Wellsville: 328 cfs

Water Temperature: 40s

Clarity: Clear

Flows are now within the prime range for spring, specifically for the brown trout population.  Though the river is still floatable, it is now very easily waded.   The cloudy weather in the forecast should make for great fishing conditions.  We are seeing consistent blue-winged olive nymphs drifting daily, and duns on the water on cloudy afternoons.  Any cloud cover in the afternoon may prompt a hatch, so stock up on blue winged olive dry flies and emergers in #16-20.  Nymphing will still probably be your best bet throughout the day, but don’t limit your strategy to deep water; shallow riffles can be productive in the afternoons once mayfly nymphs become more available.

The recent warmth seems to be motivating fish to move into shallower water as they feed; don’t spend all your energy on the deep runs.  There they can be best tempted by striated midge patterns (black beauties, zebras, etc…), golden stonefly nymphs, mayfly nymphs and emergers, and “meat & potatoes” patterns like pheasant tails, hares ears, and princes. Focus fishing efforts on the period of peak warmth – 10:00 – 4:00.