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Report Date: 7/16/2024


Current Conditions:
 The flows on the tailwater have started to fluctuate a little more again. After a week of flows at 500 cfs, they have come back up a bit again and are currently at 910 cfs. We will see this happen all throughout the rest of the summer the the variance in flows. The flows here are dependent on downstream water demand. If we enter a hot and dry period, you can expect the flows to increase. The fishing here has been good, but its also time to start keeping an eye on water temperatures. We are seeing higher water temps overall on the river. Closer to the dam they are better, but still getting into the mid 60's by noon/1 pm.
 Midges, Trico's, caddis, and PMDs are the main bugs right now. We have seen fish eating all of these hatches mostly subsurface. There may even be some surface activity in some choice slow areas of the river. Keep your eyes open!  Dry fly fishing is a bit more scattered at higher flows. But when you find some rising fish you can take advantage of them.
 The fish have spread out nicely with the flow increases. They are happy and feeding comfortably all day long. Again, focus on the edges of the rivers and areas of the river that are running slower.  Nymphing has been the most productive and consistent. The streamer fishing has been good throughout the day as well.  Dont be afraid to add some leech, cranefly larva, scuds, or worm patterns to your rig.

Short Term-  After an extremely hot period of weather, we will see things cool off a bit and return to near average for this time of year. Daily rain chances will also increase significantly this week. This is a welcome sign with the higher water temps we are seeing in the lake. Temps will still be be in the mid 80's with chances of rain around noon each day. This is a typical pattern we see this time of year and really marks the start of our "monsoon season".

Long Term-  Looking past this coming week, it appears we will see more of the same. Monsoon season typically arrives about this time of the year. Longer range forecasts are pointing at at least a couple weeks of this pattern. After the extreme heat we are hoping these daily storms follow through. As we hit mid summer the focus will be on the severity of wildfire season. These storms will help mitigate this. Forecast trends are pointing at some drier conditions in the August timeframe, but we will have to wait and see how that develops.

The river has not been as busy, but that can change on a day to day basis. Remember that the entire river fishes well.
PARKING NOTE- If you do fish in here, we recommend you don't leave anything in your car. Only take what you will have on your person. Thieves have been breaking into cars all over the place. 
This is an area we offer guided walk/wade and float trips, please give us a call if you are interested!
For a custom fly assortment for this location, click here!
Our top 6 nymphs for today-
  • Hares Ear, sizes 14-18
  • Graphic caddis, tan, green, sizes 14-16
  • Pheasant tail, natural-black, size 20
  • Barrs emerger, BWO, sizes 20-22
  • SJ worm, red, brown.. size 16
  • Mini leach, brown-black, Sizes 14-18
Our top Dry flies for today-
  • Matts midge, black-size 22
  • Mole Fly, all colors, sizes 18-22
  • Parachute adams, sizes 20-26
Our top Streamer patterns for today-
  • Laser legal, Natural. Size 4
  • Double Gonga, yellow. Size 4
  • Meat whistle, brown. Size 8


Standard nymph rig set up. 



The tailwater on the Arkansas River has blossomed into one of the best fisheries in the state, and it's a short distance from town. Fish populations are very healthy here and even hold some truly goliath trout. The technical angler will be perfectly at home here. If you go further into town, you will also find many other different species of fish, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye, and even carp.

This area is oftentimes best fished in the shoulder seasons or winter due to high flows in the summer. But don't let bigger flows stop you! We are the only outfitter on the front range that offers both guided walk/wade and float trips here.

This is an area we specialize and are permitted to guide in, so give us a shout if you have any question or if you are interested in allowing one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides show you how best to conquer the Arkansas River – Pueblo.

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Directions - 50 miles - 50 Minutes

  1. From Anglers Covey: take I-25 south to Pueblo
  2. Get off on the highway 50 exit and go right
  3. Take highway 50 to Pueblo Blvd. and turn left
  4.  Turn right on Thatcher and take Thatcher to Valco Ponds.