Fishing Outlook & Conditions
ArkAnglers's Tip of the Week
Count on the northern reaches of the river to be a lot colder than in the middle and lower basins, and as a result expect better fishing opportunities around or downstream of Salida for the rest of the month. Nymphing is your best tactic, focusing on deeper winter lies with 3-8' of depth and consistent, walking speed current. Where you find one fish you'll likely encounter many congregated together, leaving much of the river devoid of fish. Strikes will be subtle with the colder temperatures, so pay attention and set on any subtle indication of a take. Adjustments to weight and depth are usually more critical than changing fly patterns.
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5-Day Outlook as of 11/21/22
The forecast is much more favorable this week, with daytime highs back in the 40s and low 50s through the middle and lower basins. Expect fish to be a lot more active this week than last, with most of the action between 10AM and 3PM.
Techniques & Tips as of 11/21/22
Colder temperatures mean less fish in fast water, and usually in water with a little more depth (though there are exceptions). Tandem nymph setups or deep dry-dropper rigs are your best approach, but expect good streamer fishing on cloudy days, too.
Local Species Available Year Round (Prime March 1 - October 31)
Brown and Rainbow Trout
|Perdigon/Bullet||Brown, Olive, Yellow||14-18|
|Biot Epoxyback Stonefly Nymph||Golden, Brown||10-14|
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Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
5-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
WF Trout Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line