Here goes my first trip report.... New Year's Eve was a beautiful day to fish the Arkansas River in Salida, CO. I was staying near Buena Vista, CO with some friends and after a day or two of cabin fever, we decided to see how the river would do. With driving winds and frigid temperatures in BV our wives thought we were nuts, but nevertheless, we loaded the car with plenty of layers, gloves, and hats and drove the 25 minutes to Salida where we had been advised to go by a local fly shop. They said the water temperature of the Arkansas in Salida would warm up just enough between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that we might be able to catch some fish. With a double nymph rig ready to go we jumped in the water at about 11 a.m. (right on time). My fishing partner had his nymph rig set to fish pretty deep (2-3 feet below the surface). Mine was set a bit more shallow (12-18 inches). We were both fishing a large stone fly with a small zebra midge underneath, but we were fishing different colors of each fly to see what might work. If my buddy started catching on the black zebra then i knew i needed to switch, and vice-versa. We fished and fished and fished. Did i mention it was a beautiful day? Chunks of ice were floating down the river and hitting us in the legs as we waded, but with the right waders, the icy cold water was a non-issue. We fished from 11 - ~3:30 and .... wait for it ... we got skunked. I'm not one to get too dismayed by not catching fish. I've had enough good and bad fishing days to know it's not about the fish you catch, but about the enjoyment of just being there in the moment. From the top of a bridge we looked down and saw some very nice fish in the 18-22" range. We made a few decent casts to those guys, but they weren't having it. Oh well... those waters are beautiful and the people at Ark Anglers in BV and Salida were very kind to show us a few good spots to fish and load us up with what they believed were the right flies for the job. Overall, i give the day 4 stars for beauty, weather, and the chance to spot some very nice fish. If i had caught just one fish, the day would definitely get 5 stars. Cheers & thanks for reading!