Originally Posted by fishingraft
Thanks for the discussion. I was hoping to hit it before runoff goes into full swing. And from folks I've talked to who have guided on the river, there's some easy stretches to fish as long as it isn't blown out...but it's already rising so I may be too late.
I wear waders when floating a lot in non-whitewater conditions. I spend almost every single day of my life in them (either working or fishing) and have swam in them many time. It sucks, and I wouldn't want to end up in swift water in them. That's why I started this thread, so I could get your input on what I should be wearing.
If I was blasting down a river just for the whitewater it'd be a no-brained...dry suit. But I'm not. I'm jumping ship and wading a lot, so wearing a dry suit doesn't seem like the right fit for the situation, but it sounds like it still is this time of year.
Back to the real topic at hand....
You posted you were going to be float fishing near Buena Vista. I live here and assure you there is little if any float fishing to be had above BV. Milk Run is the only class II stretch in the vicinity and it is the run below town, from Johnson Village to Fisherman's Bridge or Ruby Mountain. Below Ruby you enter Browns Canyon which is excellent float fishing at the appropriate levels, but it is also the most popular commercially rafted stretch of river in North America from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so the fishing is severely compromised by the amount of people on the river, and it's a solid class III run.
As I mentioned before, the best float fishing on the Ark is near and below Salida. Pretty much everything from Stone Bridge to Pinnacle Rock is ideal with mostly class II floating and isolated class III rapids. Once the flow at Wellsville Detail Graph
goes above about 2000 there isn't much point in fishing unless your just working the banks.