Author: Trout's Staff
Trouts Fly Fishing – Arkansas River Fly Fishing Report: April 6, 2013
It had been about 5 years since I had fished this section of the Arkansas River, and was blown away at the healthy river, active fish, epic hatches, and overall amazing day on the water. The Ark is known for brown and rainbow trout – and that is what we were after. We fished Browns Canyon and around the Salida area.
The weather was partly cloudy all day, temps in the upper 50's, dipping into the 40's when the wind blew. The heaviest wind occurred late morning to early afternoon, and then it calmed down in the late afternoon and early evening. The combination of low flows and gin clear water made for challenging but fun conditions.
The natural insects we observed included midges around 10am - noon, Baetis all afternoon. We had luck with Size 16 Parachute Adams, Pablo's Cripple Baetis, Olive Zebra Midge, Black Rainbow Warrior, Smethursts 20 Incher Bomb, non-bead 20-Inchers. If you are thinking about a river to fish in early April, the Arkansas is worth exploring. I'll certainly be making this a go-to river for my summer fishing excursions. I'll certainly be making this a go-to river for my summer fishing excursions.