ARKANSAS RIVER CADDIS HATCH:Big Week Ahead for Anglers
The week ahead promises to be a big one for anglers on the Arkansas River. Why? The Annual Caddis Hatch.
The annual hatch was waylaid by cool temperatures at the lower end of Big Horn Sheep Canyon, which stretches from Salida to Canon City, but was anticipated to arrive in Cotopaxi early this week. The current warming trend is expected to bring the hatch to Salida by this weekend, just in time for the annual, Trout Unlimited Caddis Banquet! Held this Saturday, May 7th at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. Live auction, dinner, cash bar and raffle specials. For tickets and information call (719) 539-4236.
Fly recommendations for the week ahead include size 16 Olive Caddis Pupae and size 16 Black Foam or Elk Hair Caddis to represent the adults. For mayflies, try 18-20 Barr emerger, RS02 or Juju Baetis for drifting nymph and a Parachute Adams for the adult. The hatches are mainly an afternoon phenomenon, a nymph rig with stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae and midge pupae is recommended for the mornings.
For more information on the local fish haps, or to book a float trip, contact our local fly fishing shop, Ark Anglers. If you’re looking for more information on real estate on the Arkansas River, contact me at (719) 221-4637, but if I don’t answer right away it is probably because I am learning to tie very small amounts of elk hair to fishhooks.