May 23rd - Upper River: We're definitely in a transition time the Arkansas. Not yet to full-blown runoff, but definitely experiencing the effects of snowmelt at lower elevations on the river. The river is stained from top to bottom as flows shift, but despite this, we are still seeing quality opportunites on the river. We'll do our best to update this site to reflect those windows of opportunity as we see them.
May 23rd- Middle River: The Middle basin has dropped significantly in flows over the weekend with the cooler tempuratures, and reduced releases from Twin Lakes. Although flows are still relatively high, visibility has improved to over 3' along the edges. We expect the conditions to remain good through Memorial Day weekend.
The fish have been holding in the pockets and slower water along the edges to escape from the current. Fishing a nymph rig in the mornings and transitioning to a Dry/Dropper set-up in the afternoons should produce good activity. Streamers are also a good option as the brown trout fry emerge from the fall spawn. Take advantage of this slight break from our annual spring run-off before the tempuratures warm back up and continue the high elevation snow melt!
May 23rd - Below Salida: Flows have continued to drop with the cooler temperatures, and the visibility on the Arkansas looks great this morning at Stockyard Bridge! Twin Lakes has reduced their outflows today as well, so flows (temporarily) are dropping. We should have excellent conditions throughout this week and through Memorial Day weekend. We've had really good reports the past couple of days from anglers fishing along the edges with attractor dry/droppers or shallow nymph rigs. Although the flows are still high, the pockets and edges provide a break from the current and holding water for the trout. Stonefly nymphs and caddis pupa fished under an attractor dry will move fish along the edges, and the presence of immature brown trout fry in the river make for excellent streamer fishing. Barring any localized rain storms that might put dirty water in to the river, we expect the clarity to raimain good through the next few days with cooler weather being forcasted. It is a great time to get out and enjoy the break from run-off.