Welcome to ArkAnglers!
Our spring season is now fairly well complete and we are in that dynamic time of year known as "Spring Runoff". Exactly what that means from a fishing perspective varies from year to year, but the bottom line is that the majority of the winter snow is going to melt off the mountains and flow downstream via the river. This process will be underway from mid-May till late June. Influenced as it is by the daily changes in weather, spring runoff is not a uniform phenomenon - periods of warmer weather will increase the melt and cooler times will slow it down. During the cooler periods the water will clear and the fishing can be quite good on the Arkansas River and tributaries. The challenge is in trying to predict these changes more than a few days ahead. It is difficult to market the fishing at this time of year. However, we always have options for fishermen who are in the valley and looking for options. Typical late May-June guided trips would be to mid-elevation lakes, the far upper end of the Arkansas, certain tributaries, the South Platte below Spinney Mountain Reservoir (Dream Stream), and our powerboat trips on that reservoir itself. So even during this dynamic time of year there are good options, and once we get through it the summer fishing is outstanding! Often the biggest challenge is simply in deciding among the many good options.
This website is meant to help with those decisions. From the descriptions of different access points to the three reports updated almost daily, it is our hope that you will find the information herein to be both timely and accurate. For questions or to make guide trip reservations, one can email us from the site or call us at 719-539-4223. And, of course, our two fly shops in Salida and Buena Vista stand ready, seven days a week, to provide hands-on instruction and guidance for those who wish to venture further afield or deeper into the details.
We have a great several months ahead of us in the valley.
We look forward to fishing with you!
SALE items in Salida as of 4/11/16:
Redington Palix Wading Boot (felt) - Retail: $89.99 / Sale: $65
Call 719-539-3474 or stop by the Salida shop to check sale prices and inventories.