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The Arkansas River: Gold Medal Fly Fishing

February 3, 2014
Author: Will Rice

January was a really busy month for us here at Trouts.  Somehow, we forgot to share this article about the fly fishing prospects on the Arkansas River and the new Gold Medal water designation.  As always, Scott Willoughby from the Denver Post delivers a great piece talking about why this is important for the Arkansas as well as the State of Colorado.  Here is a sound bite:

“After years of efforts to repair the impacts of mining pollution from the Leadville area near the Arkansas headwaters, CPW fisheries chief Greg Gerlich announced the designation of Gold Medal Trout Water for the 102-mile reach from the confluence with the Lake Fork of the Arkansas, near Leadville, downstream to Parkdale at the U.S. 50 bridge crossing above the Royal Gorge.”- Scott Willoughby and the Denver Post.

What does Gold Medal Water designation mean?  Here is how the Colorado Parks and Wildlife defines it: “Gold Medal Waters are the highest quality cold-water habitats and have the capability to produce many quality size (14 inches or longer) trout.  CPW has established criteria and management guide- lines to support the public interest in angling, observing and protecting these significant cold-water fishery resources.”

The Arkansas River now joins other prolific Colorado trout rivers such as the Gunnison River, Fryingpan River and certain sections of our home waters, the South Platte River.

It looks like another promising year is on tap for the Arkansas River.  To read the entire Denver Post story CLICK HERE.  Or, you can read our most recent winter fly fishing report and photo essay from the Arkansas River.  As always, if you have any fly fishing questions, please stop into the shop or feel free to give us a call at 303.733.1434.

Posted in Spotlight |   1 Comments


#1. Posted by Robert Edwards on February 4, 2014

Love fishing in this area.

#2. Posted by Will Rice on February 4, 2014

Thanks Robert - we really enjoy this section of river as well.  Here are two links for more information on the Arkansas River:

Latest fly fishing report:

Winter fly fishing report and photo essay:

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