Hayden Mellsop produces the RSN Home-waters fishing report vlog on a regular basis, providing timely information about fishing conditions on the Arkansas River.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on March 7, 2014
The urge could be ignored no longer. The lengthening days, the return of bird song, the first of the year’s weeds greening and pushing through the still brown, dormant lawn. It was time to consign winter to the dustbin and admit that spring is in the air.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on December 29, 2013
“For the last hour or so, I’ve thought of many things, but I can’t remember a single one.” Bill was slowly turning circles on the county road, while I leaned over my handle bars, feet unclipped from my pedals, gasping like a fish too long out of water. I nodded agreement. We’d reached the far out of our ride, an eight mile climb from town, and it was time to turn around and head back down. I drained the last [...]
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on August 21, 2013
The day started full of hope and aspiration……
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on July 11, 2013
After a spring of low flows, now is the time to cast flies high and dry.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on June 17, 2013
This time of the year, stoneflies are uppermost on an angler’s mind.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on June 5, 2013
An afternoon trip to the river yields two fish, a broken rod, and a lot of hot air.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on May 10, 2013
What is happening above the surface of the river can tell the angler much about what is happening below.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on April 15, 2013
When it comes to the weather, common sense and fishermen are often strangers.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on March 22, 2013
Anticipation of a day on the river is as much a part of the experience as catching a fish.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on December 17, 2012
In New Zealand, water might circle the drain the un-American way, but do the fish behave the same way as their northern counterparts?
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on October 19, 2012
When it comes to fishing, ‘decent’, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on September 22, 2012
Following a hand-drawn map, we find out way through the mud to a perfect, hidden high country stream.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on September 3, 2012
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” A truth observed by Ed Hillary, and confirmed on the ride from Highway 50 to the Rainbow Trail.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on August 15, 2012
Sometimes when fishing the real fun is had sitting in the back eddies and shady spots, watching time float by.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on July 2, 2012
Is the object of a day on the river really to catch as many fish as possible?
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on June 4, 2012
A windy day floating the Ark with dry flies leaves plenty of time to think of other things.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on May 18, 2012
How disturbing is it for a married fifty-two year old to get his jollies dry fly fishing?
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on April 30, 2012
The dry fly fishing is sublime on the Arkansas River near Salida, Colorado.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on April 19, 2012
It is always a battle to decide whether to stay indoors, or go fishing, on a blue wing day.
Posted by Hayden Mellsop on April 12, 2012
A noble dry fly purist pursues his elusive quarry on the Arkansas River, near Salida, Colorado.