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Default Arkansas River Fishing Report 5/16/2005

Salida Super 8
Arkansas River Report 5/16
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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
the river the Denver Post’s coldwater “Hot
Spot” for the week and the destination for
anglers who aren’t willing to let the warmer
days 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
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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.
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