As a natural watershed for the mighty Sawatch Range on the west and the majestic Mosquito Range on the east, the Upper Arkansas Valley houses the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Winding through cool mountain canyons, high grassy meadows, and long, bouldered runs, the Arkansas River offers a variety of abundant biomass which provides the trout with a tremendous food source. The upper “Ark” is heavily populated with wild brown trout and offers an occasional hefty rainbow or cutthroat. It is most famous for its epic summer-long caddis hatches, but offers a variety of hatches from early spring to late summer and tremendous terrestrial action from late summer to well into the fall. River enhancements over the past two decades have restored the upper Arkansas River into a gold medal trout fishery located in the heart of the Central Colorado Rockies. We service all the public access from Leadville to the Pueblo Reservoir and also have private water opportunities on the Arkansas River.


GOLD MEDAL WATER: The Arkansas River was been designated Gold Medal Water by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the spring of 2014. This distinction is given only to the most productive trout water in the state.  Over twenty years of cleanup efforts and habitat improvement induced a decade of consistent results in the size and quantity of fish per acre. The outcome is that now over a hundred miles of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Parkdale is officially recognized as one of the finest fisheries in the state!

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Colorado Fly Fishing Guides
A division of Alpine Ski & Sport LLC
711 Harrison Ave.
Leadville CO 80461
866 908 7547

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