Got a recent report that the Arkansas River near Salida is starting to come to life. We drove by it on our way to Gunnison, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't look tempting. It was pretty much completely free of ice, and running at a good clip for early March. Flies on the menu were small tungsten bead stoneflies with either a JuJu Baetis, or a small black Zebra Midge. Pre-spawn fish are starting to move into skinnier water, and big fish are looking for stonefly nymphs. The beauty of fishing just about anywhere on the Arkansas up stream of Pueblo Reservoir is it that it's easy to find solitude. There is so much water that goes unexplored by most anglers on the upper Ark. If you haven't had a chance yet, mark a day in your calendars to get up there and enjoy some excellent fishing. Thank you to Howard Stringert and Alex Walker for the great report and photo to share with our readers! Tight Lines!