A-3 Arkansas River

By July 21, 2013

Arkansas River A-3 (Gold Camp)

Description: Over one mile of year-round river consisting of long runs, riffles, and pocket water. Browns and rainbows in excess of 18 inches have been reported. Lightly rafted with an occasional kayak.

Location: The property is located 20 miles south of Leadville and 12.5 miles north of Buena Vista on the east side of Hwy. 24

Capacity: Limited to 4 anglers.

To make a reservation call 303-421-6239 or 1-800-524-1814.

Rate Notes:

Adult 1/2 Day
Adult Aftn.
Youth 1/2 Day
Youth Aftn.

Property Log Book Comments

Was glad I opted to wet wade even though it's already cooler up there...just not that much water that you are even getting into. I was surprised nymphing wasn't more successful, but if I had to do it over again, I'd probably fish deeper in the couple runs. One challenge is the constantly changing depths....so an adjustable indicator would be better than hopper dropper. Saw a couple caddis still coming off, and a decent amount of small mayflies and midges in the afternoon. I did have some good luck with a very small BWO on 6X in a couple of the very slow seams. Beautiful up there now! ~ Tommy Lorden -- September 17th, 2016

River still running high, about 1,100 cfs but very clear. Browns mostly still holding in shore pockets and susceptible to most large dries. Netted about 2 dozen from 10" to 17" primarily on west shoreline. ~ Larry -- July 11th, 2016

Very windy day on A3. Water was off color and surprisingly warm. 3 fish on varied flies. No hatches. ~ Mike Narkewicz -- May 8th, 2016

Partly cloudy day with late wind. Water temp in 50's. Only 5 trout to hand--10"-14". Found out late in the day I had been following in the wake of another member who I did not know was fishing the same property. He arrived about 1 1/2 hours before me. May have made a difference in the number of strikes I was getting. Most caught on red Amy's Ant, #12. One on RS2, black. Saw them chasing black Copper John. Rainbow and browns. Water about 270 cfs. Red seemed to be the color of the day. No action on tan hoppers and very little on droppers. ~ Gene -- August 27th, 2015

Have fished this property about a half dozen times and know it farily well. Water levels are still higher than usual which creates faster flows and deeper water making it tricky to get down into the best nymphing holes. - good water for the Czech technique! There was an early caddis hatch but the wind came up early and the fish stopped rising - with only rare takes on dries. Caught about a dozen fish, half rainbows/half browns all in the 10-15" range. Most were on double nymph rigs using hares ears, green copper johns and RS-2's. Best water to fish at these flows was the long nymph run below the bridge and the east side of the river at the first big bend. Lots of great pocket water at either end of the property but didn't fish well this day. Beautiful stretch of river with canyon walls as a backdrop. Watch the boards crossing the suspension bridge, there are some loose ones and one hole to avoid! ~ ken cohen -- August 9th, 2015

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