Buffalo Joe's Whitewater Rafting

Suggested Fly
Patterns for the
Arkansas River




Suggested Fly Patterns
Time of Year Insect Hatch Dry Fly Imitation Nymph Imitation
December-March Midges Any midge pattern, Blue Dun, Griffith’s Gnat, Hairwing Midge Brassie, Disco Midge, Bead Head Brassie
March-April Mayflies Blue Wing Olive, Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun Baetis, Parachute Olive, Renegade Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Bead Head Prince Nymph, RS-2 Emerger, Surface Emerger
End of April to Mid-May Caddis Peacock Caddis, Black Elk Hair Caddis, Black Foam Caddis Gray Caddis Pupa, Sparkle Pupa
Mid-May to End of July (runoff)   Grasshoppers, Rio Grande Trudes, Nymphs
July-August Mayflies Pale Morning Dun, Cahill, Parachute Cahill Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Bead Head Prince Nymph
August-October Terrestrials/Attractors Grasshoppers, Stimulators, Royal Wulff,
Rio Grande King, Black Beetles
October-November Mayflies Blue Wing Olive, Parachute Adams, Sparkle Dun Baetis, Parachute Olive, Renegade Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Bead Head Prince Nymph, RS-2 Emerger, Surface Emerger


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