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Where to Go Arkansas River – Pueblo

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Updated 9/22/2022

The flows are still low at 77 cfs. The lower flows have been stable for a couple of weeks now and the fish have become a lot more comfortable and are feeding better. With these low flows, please continue to monitor water temperatures. Its best to start early and end early.

The dry fly fishing has improved with the low flows. Look for Trico's and BWO's and even midges to be active. Nymphing conditions have been challenging with the grass in the river.  It also appears that Pueblo reservoir is turning over and that also affecting clarity in the river.

Tricos, midges, BWO's, and some caddis are all active.

It will be cooler than average as we head into the weekend. From there, while it will still be hot, it will be more seasonal temps on the tailwater.  It can get very hot on the tailwater and  temperatures can get in the 100's... Be sure to monitor water temperatures on hot days. Wet wading is the preferred way to go right now as waders are just too hot to wear all day. Stay hydrated, start early/leave early,  And when walking to and from the river, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes.

There is a lot of water here to fish. Try going right in town for some surprising solitude and excellent fishing. NOTE: If you do fish in town, we recommend you don't have anything in your car. Thieves have been breaking into cars around town.

This is an area we offer guided walk/wade and float trips, please give us a call if you are interested!

RECOMMENDED Patterns

NYMPHS

Duracell jig #16-18, Frenchie #16, Barrs graphic Caddis, #14-16, Barrs PMD Emerger #16, Corn Fed Caddis #16, RS2's Black, grey, purple. #18-22, San Juan worm #12 all colors (large and small!), Mayer's Mini Leech brown, black, and purple #12-16, Pat's Rubber Legs Black/Brown Olive/Brown Black #10-14, Top secret #20-24, Blood midge #20-24, Mercury midge # 20-26, Miracle midge #20-24, BH Pheasant Tail's, Blindside midge-black and grey #20- 22, Red Midge Larva #18-22, Stalcup's Baetis Olive and Brown #20-22, Pale ale midge #20-24, Gunkel's Radiation Baetis #18-22, Juan's Slim Shady #20-22, Juan's Splitback BWO #20-22, Darth Baetis #20-22, Johnny flash #22-24, Drowned Tricos-#22-24, Foam back emergers #22-24,  RS2's-grey and black, #18-24, Blessings Purple Haze $20-22, lightsaber BWO #20-22.

DRIES

Corn Fed Caddis #16, EHC #16-18, Parachute Adams #16-20, Iwane-dun #20-22, Neils BWO #20-22, Mole Fly brown and olive #18-22, Matt's midge #20-22, Hoppers-#12-18

STREAMERS

Galloup's Silk Kitty, Galloup's Sex Dungeon, Double Gongas, Galloup's Lazer Legal, Galloup's Barely Legal

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 farther 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.