ARKANSAS RIVER HATCH CHART
See the Arkansas River hatch chart below on the page. The use of a hatch chart is very important when fly-fishing. If you understand what insects are present on a stream at a given time you will be better prepared. Fish are use to seeing certain insects in their stream at a certain time of the year. So if you know what is hatching you will know what type of fly fishing flies to use and that will increase your odds of catching fish.
Another thing to do instead of using these charts is to visit your local fly shop. Local fly shops are very helpful and will let you know what flies to use. If the local fly shop guy is an avid fly fisherman, which he or she probably is, you should be able to get some great helpful information from them. They tend to fish many of the local streams and rivers and they stay in touch with other anglers as well which gives them valuable information to share. All of this is great information, but if you get to know them well enough they may even share their secret fishing spots.
If you are using a guide they will know what flies you will need. Some guides provide the flies and some don’t, be sure to find out what your guide provides. If he doesn’t provide them you will still need to determine what size and kind to get.
I purchase many of my flies at a discount from Big Fly Company, and I also buy some from the local fly shops. Big Fly Company has a great selection of flies, line, tippet and other essential fly fishing items. They also ship very fast so you can have your items in days, depending on where you live.
You can also purchase flies from large on-line retailers. They will typically have a great selection of flies, and their pricing should compete well against other retailers.
Leave the Arkansas River hatch page and go to the Colorado page.