Arkansas River

Nathrop, Colorado 81236

Arkansas River

Arkansas River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The “Ark” is a relatively under-fished river, known for a prolific May to June Caddis hatch. Many other hatches combine to make this a true western “big water” fly fishing experience. The mountain section flows 150 miles from the old mining town of Climax through central Colorado to the Pueblo Reservoir. From 12,000-foot elevation at the Continental Divide, it drops to 4,700 feet in the eastern plains. There are hundreds of year-round fly fishing opportunities, especially below Lake Creek and from Salida to Pueblo. The recent acquisition of the Hayden Ranch Recreation Area adds another 5.8 miles of public water access to the Arkansas.

Located just south of Leadville, Hayden Ranch is quickly becoming a favorite of the knowledgeable angler. Types of Fish: Predominantly reproducing brown trout with some rainbow and cutthroat that average 11–14 inches. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."

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Trail Type
Open year-round, best May through mid-September
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