Posted by Christopher Kolomitz on January 30, 2014
Organizers of the FIBArk Whitewater Festival presented by Eddyline Brewing are busy this winter making plans for the annual summer festival.
Celebrating its 66th year, FIBArk will be June 12-15 when hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators come to Riverside Park and the banks of the river. Organizers have begun their sponsorship outreach and have started the process of preparing for the four-day event. No major changes are anticipated in the festival’s traditional schedule.
Board members for the 2014 festival include [...]
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 Lee Hart on July 6, 2013
Locals and tourists alike were enthralled when local bikers invented a new sport tonight at the boat ramp on the Arkansas River.
River biking’s first big star is 28-year-old Trout Unlimited field coordinator and blogger Jason Willis who nailed the first-ever bike flip into the Arkansas in a move that some witnesses said they hope could be the precursor to a new FIBArk event.
Watch the video from the action on the Salida boat ramp earlier tonight.
Salida River Bike Extreme
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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 Lee Hart on May 20, 2013
Local Ark Valley Libation Society collaborative fundraising beer, Brown’s Canyon India style Brown Ale, was a hit with supporters. From left: Bill Dvorak, Dvorak’s Kayak and Rafting Expeditions and leader of Sporstmen for Browns Canyon; Keith Baker, Friends of Browns Canyon, Sen. Mark Udall and Andy Neinas, Echo Canyon River Expedition, and past head of both the Colorado and Arkansas River Outfitters Associations.
A veritable A-list of environmental organizations, raft outfitters and a trickle of private citizens voiced unanimous support [...]
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 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 Citizen Team on June 19, 2012
John Fielder will be in Salida Thursday, June 21 at the SteamPlant. There will be a catered reception and book signing with John from 6:00-7:30 p.m. then from 7:30-9:00 p.m. he will present the “Rivers of Colorado” slideshow.
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.