River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 25 cfs
River Statistics:
»Leadville
Current:   25 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   26 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   25 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   27 cfs
Gage Height:   4.57 ft

Pueblo
Current:   288 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   288 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   288 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   291 cfs
Gage Height:   8.66 ft

Salida
Current:   278 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   278 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   271 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   278 cfs
Gage Height:   2.81 ft

Flows are in the sweet spot for the Ark. The Upper Basin from Leadville to Buena Vista is at a very wadeable level. Hoppers, beetles, caddis, PMD's and BWO's are all doing their fare share to keep these fish fed. A dry dropper rig is the most effective way to cover river up there. Focus your efforts on the deeper runs in the early part of the day. As the day warms up, fish will transition to riffles and feeling lanes, i.e. foam lines, undercuts, shadow lines, overhangs and the tailout of runs. Depending on the weather the hatches this time of year tend to be a little sparser. Some leftover caddis in the morning along with BWO's if the temps drop low enough. As it warms up PMD's tend to be the most readily available followed closely by hoppers and beetles. Caddis will again become prevalent starting after 3pm. Lower down the Ark, flows are hanging on the threshold to float, hovering around 500. Fish are still closer to the banks with the higher flows. Hoppers have replaced stones as the large topwater meal. Still a bit dicy to wade at this level but bank fishing has been stellar. As flows continue to drop making your way into Brown's Canyon can be great way to spend a day fishing. This wild browns are willing to come to the fly and when in the mood can chase streamers viciously. Look for the Ark to be an over-producer as we work out way into Fall. The good water flows will keep this river fishing well into late October and early November. Some spectacular caddis hatches happen later in the fall as well as BWO's and terrestrials. The Ark is in shape, get up there!

Report Updated On: 08/20/2017
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