Flows are about average for this time of year. Fishing has slowed down a bit with the colder nights and mornings. The most productive times to fish are 11am-4pm
With the approach to spring, the water temperatures will be more conducive to warming and cooling quickly. This can be good for hatches of bugs, as we should slowly start to see more bug activity in the coming weeks. The visibility is excellent right now. With the clarity, the technical aspect is definitely in play. Remembering this will make your day a whole lot more productive. Go very small on your bugs. 22-28!
Sight fishing has been great. Cover some ground and don't be afraid to fish the less "popular" stretches on the tailwater. Our guides have been having some great days there. The crowds are getting thick and the fishing has gotten extremely technical. The trout are getting picky on their food sources. We have a good rule when fishing becomes very technical: ditch the flashy patterns and go with the basic patterns. Also don't overlook fishing red midges and annelids. This time of year the color red in those insect families can be killer. Basic very small patterns are doing best. Nymphing is your best bet, with some sporadic dry fly activity as well. Streamers are also picking up fish here and there.
The crowds are definitely increasing, so plan accordingly and seek out some less pressured sections. Remember there are some great runs through the town of Pueblo, too.
Egg patterns (18), Mayers mini leach in black, olive, and brown (14-18)
Miracle midge, Black Beauties, bling midge, foam back emergers, buckskins, Top secret, Blindside midge, Money midge, buckskins, red larva, various thread midges, Mercury midge, zebra midges, Juju midge, all in sizes 20-24.
Sniper baetis, Jedi Master, Barrs emergers, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and black), chessman emergers, ice emergers, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-24
Mole fly 20-24, Parachute BWO 20-24, I-wan-e dun 22, comparadun 22, Smoke Jumper 20-24, Griffith's gnat 18-22
Cover ground, but when you find a fish willing to eat, it will be worth it! White or naturals seem to be doing best.
The tailwater on the Arkansas river has blossomed into one of the best fisheries in the state, and its 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 shot if you have any question or if you interested in allowing one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides show you how best to conquer Arkansas River – Pueblo.
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Directions - 50 miles - 50 Minutes
- From Anglers Covey: take I-25 south to Pueblo
- Get off on the highway 50 exit and go right
- Take highway 50 to Pueblo Blvd. and turn left
- Turn right on Thatcher and take Thatcher to Valco Ponds.