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Report Date: 7/11/2024

Current Conditions:
 The flows on the tailwater have come down quite a bit over the last couple of days. Currently they are at 532 cfs. and will be fluctuating over the next few weeks. These flows are great for the tailwater and the river has been fishing good. There has been a lot of other recreational traffic (tubers and kayakers) so please keep that in mind.
 We are seeing typical summer conditions on the tailwater. The water temps are warming nicely and that has supported some great bug activity. The prime fishing window is rather large right now.
 The fish are taking full advantage of the  hatches happening now. With a huge increase in flows, be sure to throw some larger "junk" flies as well.
Hatches:
 Midges, BWO's, caddis, and PMDs are the main bugs right now. We have seen fish eating all 4 of these hatches subsurface. There may even be some surface activity in some choice slow areas of the river. Keep your eyes open!  Dry fly fishing will be more difficult at these flows. Big flow bumps are a great time to throw some streamers.
Tactics:
 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.
Weather:
Short Term-  We will continue to see some very warm temperatures in Pueblo. Temps will be in the 100's over the next several days. Precipitation chances are very low as well, so it will be a hot and dry stretch of weather.
Long Term-  Looking ahead, we will have more of the same. Temps will be HOT in the 90's and 100's.  Rain chances will slightly increase next week but will stay dry for the most part. Longer range forecasts are calling for hot and dry weather for the back half of the summer in this area
Tips:
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!
RECOMMENDED PATTERNS
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
  • Cranefly larva, size 10
  • 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. 

 

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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.