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Destinations: Arkansas River, Colorado Today, we will feature another Colorado River from our Perfect Fly website's, Stream Section - the Arkansas River. This one starts at one of the highest places in the state that is along a normal Colorado highway - Leadville, Colorado.
The second time Angie and I visited its headwaters, we traveled up the mountain to the little town of Leadville, Colorado in the opposite direction we traveled on our first visit there. It will be my last trip there in that direction. To be point blank, traveling along that highway scared me. I have flown thousands of miles in my own private airplanes without getting scared of heights, but that drive bothered me. It was cliff hanging for miles it seemed. Add a little snow and ice on the road and you scare me even more.
The river gets larger as it flows downhill from nearby Leadville until it exits the state of Colorado many miles from there. It is best known for its huge caddisfly hatch that takes place in the month of April each year. You will think every angler in the state of Colorado is there if you visit the stream during the Little Black Caddisfly hatch. The hatch is called the Mother's Day hatch in most areas of the West. Driving along the river in April can prove dangerous. Your windshield can become completely covered with these caddisflies.