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The Arkansas River, as it spills out of the central Colorado Rockies on its course through the south central part of the state, reputedly supports a brown-trout population exceeding 3,000 fish per mile. Some of the river's canyons are deep, and some of the best fishing locations are difficult to access, making a guide or outfitter a near necessity. See www.wildlife.state.co.us/fishing for more information.
ArkAnglers. A good fly shop with an experienced staff, ArkAnglers offers guided float and wade trips, fly-fishing lessons, and equipment rentals. 7500 W. U.S. 50, Salida, CO, 81201. 719/539–4223. www.arkanglers.com.