River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 23 cfs
River Statistics:
»Leadville
Current:   23 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   21 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   22 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   20 cfs
Gage Height:   4.49 ft

Pueblo
Current:   74 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   76 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   79 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   76 cfs
Gage Height:   7.77 ft

The Ark fishes great this time of year, especially on overcast days. Some nice hatches of BWO and other small, dark mayflies like red quills will come off typically all the way through November. Midges are also a presence, and you'll still have some late season caddis about on warmer days. Depending on which section you're fishing, things can be a bit technical on here in the fall, and this will definitely be the case in a low water year such as the one we're currently in. There's a good bit more water down towards Salida, so a nymph rig with pheasant tails, caddis pupae/emergers, barr's emergers, even small girdle bugs, etc., can get you into plenty of fish down here. Swinging and skating soft hackles on cloudy days can often pick up a lot of fish on the Ark, too, if you're seeing a good amount of bug activity. On the upper river towards Leadville, water is even lower and clearer, so shallow up your rigs or fish dry droppers early and late. You'll even see some residual terrestrials moving around in October on warmer days, so don't shy away from trying a beetle or ant near the banks if you're really after some dry fly action. If you feel like heading all the way down to the tailwater, definitely bring your small dry flies and 6x tippet along. This is a fun tailwater in that temps typically remain such that you can experience good surface action on midge and mayfly dries pretty far into the fall/winter in comparison to other fisheries.

Report Updated On: 10/09/2018
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