Date: April 7, 2012
Arkansas River Flow: 261 CFS @ Canon City
Water Temperature: 49-53 Degrees
Flies: #14-18 Copper John, #16-20 Pheasant Tail, #16-18 Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail, #10-12 Rubberlegs, #18-22 Black Beauty, #16-18 Hot Wire Prince, #14-16 Prince Nymph
Earlier this week I heard whisperings of the caddis hatching early on the Arkansas, so I decided to check it out today. So far, no giant caddis hatch yet. At least not in the Canon City/Parkdale area. I saw maybe two caddis throughout the day, but there is good news! The Blue Winged Olives have started hatching in good numbers. Even though the caddis were not hatching, it was still a great day. Fish were chowing on caddis pupas, soft hackle pheasant tails and rubberlegs. Plenty of small browns to keep you busy through the day.
All of our fish were caught on nymph rigs. The water is warming up. I was surprised to find the water warming up into the 50’s. The caddis will start hatching soon! The Blue Winged Olives started coming off in force today around 2-3pm, no risers though. Look for the fish to be deep in the runs and pockets. Look for foam, the foam is home! Fish about 3-5 feet deep with a moderate amount of weight to get your flies on the bottom. Bring your dries though! It will be any day now!