Arkansas River Report 5/2
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CADDIS ARE HERE!
Cooler weather over the last weekend of April has had some very beneficial effects on the caddis hatch on the Arkansas River. Wednesday through
Saturday we had outstanding fishing with light caddis hatches each day in the early afternoon, blue wing olive hatches in the midafternoon, and consistent caddis egg-laying activity late in the day. Because of the cooler
weather, the caddis hatch has been lighter in terms of numbers of bugs per day and is spread out over about 40 miles of river, rather than the more traditional “blizzard” wave moving upstream. As a result, the fish are
more apt to take artificials, are hitting the evening ovipositers hard, and there is lots of productive water. On Sunday, cold weather put the
caddis hatch on pause but the blue wing olive mayfly emergence was outstanding. As of today (Monday), the clouds are breaking, the air is warming, and we should see a resumption of the caddis hatch tomorrow if
not today. The forecast is calling for improving weather right into the weekend so expect the hatch to get into full swing and
reach as far upstream as Buena Vista by Sunday. Last week we approached the river: The Weather Is Taking a Turn for the Better Arkanglers has Last Minute Availability! We have a unique situation. A group had to cancel, leaving us with many of our top guides available: wades Wednesday through
Sunday. After the 7th, we enter that underutilized time and we have a lot of availability. So…if you would like to get out on our private water or a float trip, call us at 719-539-4223 today and call 719-539-6689 to book your rooms at the Super 8. www.salidasuper8.com
. Bring your spouse and enjoy the sites. Go here for visitors’s information, activities, shopping, or restaurant 9:00 to 12:00 fish a 16 black foam or elk hair caddis with an olive body/brown hackle beadhead pupa. If it is cloudy and cool, a beadhead olive micro mayfly, WD-40, or Olive Flashback Pheasant Tail in an 18 will work too. From 12:00 to 3:00 fish a black foam or elk hair caddis on top with a small blue wing dry (18-20) behind it or a small beadhead mayfly nymph. From 3:00 to 4:30 there tends to be a lull in the caddis action – fish blue wing patterns or attractor dries along the edges. And then from 4:30 on there should be female caddis coming out to lay their eggs so fish a 14-16 peacock or spent wing peacock dry.The snowpack in the basin above
Salida remains at about 87% of normal even after the recent storms. Because of that, we do not expect significant runoff before May 20th. The next three weeks should provide excellent fishing, even after the caddis have moved on. We expect May 7-21 to represent one of the most underutilized periods of the entire season – anglers are scarce but fish
are feeding hard.
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conditions, visit www.arkanglers.com
us at 719-539-4223. For updated weather
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