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Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013
Author: Trouts Staff

Based on the Arkansas River report from April 6th, a return trip was required.  This time we decided to try a new section of the river and fished the lower Ark between Cañon City and Cotopaxi.  The weather was about the same – chilly with moderate and sporadic wind.  The water was a bit off color so we decided to get the morning started by nymphing – we threw stonefly nymphs including the Stone Bomb, San Juan Worms, and mercury RS2s… and then the hatch WENT OFF.   A relatively slow morning turned into an epic afternoon thanks to a blanket baetis hatch. We immediately switched to dries and dry dropper rigs.  During the hatch we had numerous doubles, and even a triple (my buddy takes every fish to the reel, so it takes him forever to land fish – dig!).   Effective patterns in the afternoon feeding frenzy included Mecury RS2’s, Juju Baetis, & Pablos Cripple Baetis. 

Tungsten Juju Baetis - Available Sizes: 16-22

Fly fishing in Colorado is heating up all over.  If you want to research some different trip ideas check out our Colorado Fly Fishing Reports.  Or, give the shop a call or stop in before you head out of town- 877.464.0034. We’re going to have our beginner Fly Fishing School (one seat left for tomorrow!  It is not too late to sign up!) out on the South Platte drainage on Saturday and we’ll also be floating the Roaring Fork River and Colorado River this weekend.  Look for fresh fishing reports and photos next week.  If you want to see what fly fishing looked like in Colorado last weekend, check out what our customers sent in – get after it and have fun!

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