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About the Arkansas River

The Arkansas River in Colorado meanders through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Rocky Mountains, offering anglers a paradise for fly fishing. Beginning its journey at the Continental Divide near Leadville, it stretches southeastward for approximately 150 miles, presenting a diverse array of fishing opportunities. Renowned among fly fishermen for its abundant trout population, the Arkansas River boasts some of the finest fishing waters in the country. From its headwaters to its lower reaches, anglers can target wild brown trout, rainbow trout, and cutthroat trout, among other species. The river's clear, cold waters, fed by snowmelt from the surrounding peaks, create ideal conditions for fly fishing year-round. Sections of the Arkansas River, such as the famed Gold Medal Waters near Salida and Buena Vista, consistently produce trophy-sized trout and provide anglers with exhilarating challenges. Whether casting dry flies, nymphs, or streamers, fly fishermen can test their skills against these wily fish while surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Beyond the thrill of the catch, the Arkansas River offers anglers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature. With its pristine waters, lush riparian vegetation, and abundant wildlife, it provides a serene escape for those seeking solace in the great outdoors. For fly fishing enthusiasts, the Arkansas River stands as a premier destination, beckoning with its beauty, bounty, and boundless opportunities for memorable angling adventures.

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Seasonal Hatches and Tips

In spring, the Arkansas River experiences increased insect activity, making it an excellent time for fly fishing. Here are some effective fly patterns to consider during this season:

Blue-Winged Olives (BWOs): These may still be prevalent in early spring. Carry patterns like Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns, or Pheasant Tails in sizes #18 to #22 to imitate BWOs.

Midges: Midges are consistent year-round, but their activity may increase in spring. Use patterns like Zebra Midges, RS2s (Rim's Semblance 2), Mercury Midges, or Disco Midges in sizes ranging from #18 to #24.

Caddisflies: As temperatures rise, caddis activity increases. Patterns like Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis, or Stimulators in sizes #14 to #18 can be effective imitations.

Stoneflies: Stonefly nymphs start becoming more active in spring. Carry patterns like Pat's Rubber Legs, Hare's Ear Nymphs, or Prince Nymphs in sizes #10 to #14.

Streamers: As the water warms up, fish become more aggressive. Woolly Buggers, Sculpin patterns, and other streamers in various sizes and colors can attract larger fish.

Attractor Patterns: Bright and flashy attractor patterns like San Juan Worms, Egg Patterns, or Rainbow Warriors can be effective in catching the attention of fish.

Remember to observe the water conditions and the behavior of the fish to determine the most effective patterns and  presentations. Also, be prepared to adjust your techniques throughout the day as conditions change.

Weather
Suggested Flies
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)
Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)

Pat's Rubber Leg Nymph - ( SOLITUDE FLY)

$2.25
Top Secret Baetis - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Top Secret Baetis - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler

Top Secret Baetis - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler

$2.85
Juju Baetis - ( UMPQUA) - Blue Quill Angler
Juju Baetis - ( UMPQUA) - Blue Quill Angler
Juju Baetis - ( UMPQUA) - Blue Quill Angler
Juju Baetis - ( UMPQUA) - Blue Quill Angler

Juju Baetis - ( UMPQUA) - Blue Quill Angler

$2.25
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler
Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler

Manhattan Midge - ( Umpqua) - Blue Quill Angler

$2.25
Darth Baetis
Darth Baetis
Darth Baetis
Darth Baetis
Darth Baetis
Darth Baetis

Darth Baetis

$2.25
Dorseys Mercury Black Beauty
Dorseys Mercury Black Beauty

Dorseys Mercury Black Beauty

$2.25
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