August 17th- Upper River: The upper river is in excellent shape, and the fishing here has been really productive lately. With stable or declining discharge from Twin Lakes and Clear Creek Reservoirs, this is still the best place for the wade angler to get in the water, especially when compared to the higher flow rates of the lower river. We are seeing lots of caddis and pale morning dun activity through Hayden Meadows down to Granite. Grasshoppers are beginning to become more important as the larger aquatic insect activity in the river slows down.
August 17th- Middle River: Flows are finally down below 1,000 cfs in Brown's Canyon, and Chalk Creek is running clear, giving us excellent conditions in Browns Canyon. This morning, the entire middle basin was in really good shape, with several feet of visibility. Flows are still too high to try and wade across through this section.
There's a wide range of insects available to fish right now, from small midges, caddis and pale morning duns up to much larger grasshoppers and beetles. At these flows, fish are still pushed to fairly obvious, sheltered or slower water. Depending on where our afternoon showers fall, any of our tributaries have the potential to be problematic, so though we will update this site daily, your best option before fishing is calling the shop to get the most recent knowledge on water conditions.
Though challenging to wade in places at this flow, the corresponding movement of the fish towards the banks can make for great shoreline fishing opportunities. Fish are still responding well to large dry flies, as grasshoppers and terrestrials have begun to take the place of golden stoneflies in the category of big food.
Many high lakes are opening up too and the tributary streams are fishing well. We are headed into prime summertime on the Arkansas!
August 17th- Lower River: The river is in great shape this today down as far as the Hayden Pass Fire burnscar runoff down in the Coaldale area. Last week was tough, as anglers had to bob and weave around intermittent dirty water caused by afternoon monsoons. Clarity down to Coaldale is not a problem today. With river flows dropping, the river around Salida is beginning to get easier to wade, and is at a prime level for float fishing. For those fishing around Salida, continue to focus efforts on the edges, working slower water thoroughly. We're still seeing some yellow sally stoneflies and caddis, but pale morning duns and red quills are becoming more available as well as many different types of terrestrial insects, which makes for great hopper/dropper fishing. Streamer fishing can be deadly in water like this, as well.