Arkansas River

Additional River Information

Types of Fish
Predominantly reproducing brown trout with some rainbow and cutthroat that average 11-14".
Flies To Use
Dry Patterns:
January-March: Griffith's Gnat #20-24, Puterbaugh's Midge #20-24, Stalcup's & BettsMidge Emerger #20-24, Grizzly Midge #20-22
Late March:
Nymphs and Streamers:
Hare's Ears #10-14, Prince & Beadheaads #8-16, Caddis Larva & Pupa #12-16, Bird's Stone #6-12, Twenty-Incher #6-10, Halfback #6-12, Wooly Bugger #2/0-4, Clouser Minnow #2/0-2, Sculpins #2/0 to 2
When to Fish
Heavy runoff usually lasts until mid-June, so the river starts fishing very well when it is high and clearing. Durango summers are warm and midday fishing is slow. Things really pick up in the fall when browns are spawning. The Arkansas is also a good winter fishery with a surprising number of moderate days. Water temperatures near 40 degrees usually means good fishing.
Chances of landing a real trophy are as good here as any place in Western Colorado. The Arkansas rates an 8.5