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Arkansas River fishing, floating doing fine after Royal Gorge fire

Phil Porter of Minturn fishes for his dinner on the upper Arkansas River near Buena Vista in June 2013. Earlier this year, a 102-mile segment of the Upper Arkansas was given Gold Medal status by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which worried some anglers about stricter fishing regulations. CPW officials announced this week regulations have not changed.

Phil Porter of Minturn fishes for his dinner on the upper Arkansas River near Buena Vista in June 2013. Earlier this year, a 102-mile segment of the Upper Arkansas was given Gold Medal status by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which worried some anglers about stricter fishing regulations. CPW officials announced this week regulations have not changed.

UPPER ARKANSAS RIVER — The Arkansas River is on fire.

Figuratively speaking, that’s a good thing. The literal fire that hit the hillsides above the river near Cañon City last week has been snuffed out. What’s left is cool, clear water, and thousands of ravenous trout seeking a meal in the aftermath of the annual peak runoff.

“The fishing really turned on (Monday),” said Bill Edrington, author of “Fly Fishing the Arkansas” and founder of Royal Gorge Anglers in Cañon City (719-269-3474). “When the river comes down from runoff, the activity just goes insane around 1,000 cfs. The fish have had it with runoff. Now they are on the feed bag, and it’s that ‘fish in a barrel’ time.”

Read more: Arkansas River fishing, floating doing fine after Royal Gorge fire – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/outdoors/ci_23489041/arkansas-river-fishing-floating-doing-fine-after-royal#ixzz2X4wAUaxR