Upper Arkansas River Increasingly Popular

January 30, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

Is it the exanded product lines or just the fact that folks are waking up to the great fishing on the upper Arkansas River in Colorado. Or maybe it’s the personalized photo mugs available as soon as you step out of the river. In any case, revenue generated by outfitters in the area shows only growth since 2001, belying any notion that fly fishing is not a growing industry. “Total outfitter clientele also increased, although not to the record level of 2001, when 252,213 people booked river trips. Last summer, 237,160 people booked trips, an increase of four percent over 2005 and the greatest total since the 2002 drought.” Jason Starr in the Salida, Colorado Mountain Trail.