Nymphs To Try: Size 8-12 Pat’s Rubberlegs, size 16-18 Tungsten Yellow Sallies, size 16-20 Double Down Pheasant Tails, size 18-20 WD-40’s on black or gray, size 20-22 Pure Midges in black or olive, size 16-20 Juju Baetis or Barr’s BWO Emergers, and yarn or pegged eggs.

Dries To Try: Size 16-20 Parachute Adams in gray or purple, size 18-22 Brook’s Sprout Midges in gray, cream or black and size 16-20 Extended Body BWO’s.

Streamers To Try: Houdini's in black or olive, Pop’s Bugger in black/orange, Bead Head Rubberleg Buggers in black or olive, Thin Mints, Articulated Snitch's and Super Buggers in black or olive.


The Arkansas River near Salida is fishing fair to good. The water is quite high for this time of year at 600 cfs. But if you fish the lower velocity water you will have action on midge patterns in the morning and BWO patterns in the afternoon. There is a strong lilelihood that you will see fish rising at least for a while so keep an eye out for that.

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