Arkansas River Tailwater - below Pueblo Reservoir, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Arkansas River Tailwater - below Pueblo Reservoir, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The tailwater is firing on all cylinders, as is very typical for this time period. We've seen a continuation of HEAVY BWO lifecycle activity along with Midges and even a few early Caddis. Flows are right in the average window for the late Spring (fluctuating between 450-800cfs). Remember that flows under 600 are quite good for wading, however anything over that flowrate range can be difficult to wade. We have been given the green light to resume guided operations on the Tailwater, and our guides have been running wades and float trips with great success. Pretty quick, flows will get up in the float only range, so be sure to consider a float trip with one of our super dialed in guides as things become un-wadeable (prime months for floats trips on the tailwater are May, June and Early July). (888) 994-6743 ext 2
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Arkansas River Tailwater is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Royal Gorge Anglers
Angler's Covey

Water flow: 658cfs

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 9AM to 4PM

Best stretch: Quality water from Dam to Nature Center

Best access point: CO Rd 96

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BWOs Midges Caddis

Fish species: Rainbow Trout; Brown Trout

Fishing season: Year Around

Nearest airport: Pueblo

Arkansas River Tailwater Description

The Pueblo Tailwater has grown to be one of the more productive fisheries on the Front Range of Colorado. One of the major attributes that attracts anglers to this section of water is the winter fishery. Anglers can expect more temperate weather and more productive flows in the winter than most tail waters in the state. This fishery produces some excellent size ranges of both Rainbow and Brown Trout, with solid ...

Techniques & Tips

With more water we're beginning to guide with bigger bugs. That being said, the major focus should still reside with the BWO and Midge lifecycle. Larger attractor nymphs will now be in play (annelids, cranefly larva, caddis larva, etc). In general focus on heavier nymph rigs, but be prepared with hatch matchers and emergers. Streamers will also be in play with bigger water, so keep that in your wheel house. Nymphing will be your staple at these higher flows, and be sure to use plenty of weight. Fish may be pushed to the edges in certain structure, so that will present some opportunities.

7-Day Forecast

Wading is getting easier but if you do be careful. Bug wise, its pretty simple. Midges will be your #1 player in all lifecycle stages, followed by very small (#20-24) Baetis (BWOs). Darker has been better on the Midge front, but that doesn't mean you won't stick a fish on red or olive. Our guides are taking some nice fish dead drifting micro leeches as well, but if you want to be successful its best to key on the small bugs and light tippet. With more water, be sure to remember your worm patterns, small stoneflies and cranefly larva.


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