Fishing Conditions: GREAT

Report Rating: GREAT
Crowd Rating: Not Crowded
Not Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 44-47
Sky: Clear Flow: 464
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: The Arkansas River in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon-- from Salida down river to Canon City-- is in absolute prime form!

Current Conditions at Arkansas:

At 464 cfs, the Arky through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon is still very much accessible through walk-wading and the trout here are gorging on an assortment of insects. The main insects on the menu right now are Stoneflies and BWO nymphs/emergers. 20 Inchers and Golden Stoneflies being the two main patterns that are producing. If you're on the river during an overcast day, expect to witness a massive BWO hatch here. With the warm weather the area has experienced the water temps are in the mid-40s, which combined with the huge Mayfly population this river holds, the hatches here really are something to behold. There is more good news here too-- this is an incredibly long stretch of productive river, so you will have all the elbow room and seclusion you can hope for!

The bugs are moving around, look for stoneflies crawling towards the banks.  For best results try fishing heavily weighted stonefly nymphs. Big stoneflies like a 20 incher or a Girdle Bug are producing strikes left and right.  The fishing is great.  Clear skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 44-47 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Brown
Weight: 1 lbs 10 oz
Length: 15 inches
Girth: 5 inches
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female
Brown Trout Female Brown Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Arkansas

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Olive Brown

Size: 22

Time:

Recommended Flies for Arkansas

Fly: 20, Incher
Color: Brownish Tan
Size: 14
Time: 
20, Incher 20, Incher
Fly: Rs2 Emerger
Color: Olive
Size: 20
Time: 
Rs2 Emerger Rs2 Emerger
Fly: Loopwing
Color: Light Olive Tan
Size: 20
Time: 
Loopwing Loopwing

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late March

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Arkansas

Current: 37 °F Clear Wind: 4 MPH W
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 37 °F
Humidity: 42%
Wind: 4 mph W
Pressure: 14.76 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 40 °F  <br/>Low: 9 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph WSW
Sunny
High: 40 °F
Low: 9 °F
Wind: 10 mph WSW
Thursday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 46 °F  <br/>Low: 20 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph WSW
Sunny
High: 46 °F
Low: 20 °F
Wind: 7 mph WSW
Friday's Forecast
weather forecast: Moderate or heavy snow with thunder<br/> High: 36 °F  <br/>Low: 16 °F <br/> Wind: 7 mph SE
Moderate or heavy snow with thunder
High: 36 °F
Low: 16 °F
Wind: 7 mph SE