Arkansas River Fishing Report 5/16/2005
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While most rivers in Colorado are experiencing high water due to runoff or dam releases, the Arkansas River, with the vast majority of its snowpack at altitudes above 11,000 feet, has yet to experience any flow increases or water quality issues. Clear, low water from Leadville to Canon City has made Ute river the Denver Post’s coldwater “Hot pot” for the week and the destination for aglers who aren’t willing to let the warmer sys of spring interfere with their trout fishing. While we don’t have a crystal ball, we believe that we will continue to experience flows in the 250-300 cfs range through the weekend of May 21st. This is an excellent level for wade fishing but provides sufficient water for float trips from Salida on downstream. With stable flows and pleasant weather predicted, look for the caddis hatch to continue its upstream progression out of Browns Canyon, where it is currently active, and into and beyond the Buena Vista area. In addition, blue wing olive mayflies continue to hatch on cloudy days river-wide and we are seeing increasingly active stonefly nymphs on the river below Salida. This is an interesting time of year for fishing the Arkansas. While the caddis hatch on the upper river follows a pretty predictable pattern, downstream the fish are still actively feeding in anticipation of runoff but it is not a Arkansas Still Running Clear One Last Week! Spring has Sprung! Come and visit Salida during our value season. 719-539-6689 to book your rooms at the Super 8. www.salidasuper8.com
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. Cookie cutter behavior pattern. In the Salida area, we are taking fish on blue wing olives when conditions warrant, epoxyback golden stonefly nymphs, chartreuse copper johns, a rhyacophilia like caddis larva, Royal Wulffs…. What this says is that fly pattern is probably not as important as location and drift right now. Anglers hitting the Arkansas below the caddis hatch should cover some water and be observant and objective about their observations. While there is no sure-fire pattern right now, there are feeding fish, good conditions, and very little fishing pressure. This week will offer anglers one last chance to hit the Arkansas before runoff cuts loose from the high country. For additional information on current conditions, visit www.arkanglers.com
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Arkansas River Report 5/16
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