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Where to Go Arkansas River – Pueblo

Current Reports

Clarity on the tailwater is greatly improving. Its currently anywhere from 24-30 inches. The crowds are picking up but the fishing is great! Pueblo is just about to hit its prime and this is the perfect time to get there. Nymphing is your best bet, with some sporadic dry fly activity as well. Streamers are also picking up fish here and there.

BROWN TROUT ARE SPAWNING. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM FISHING TO, WALKING THROUGH OR DISTURBING THEIR REDDS! If you are unsure what a "redd" is, please call or come by and we would be happy to explain the trout spawning process and how to protect them. The future of our rivers depends on us all!

Click Here for our recent blog about the spawn and the importance of protecting this resource.

Effective Patterns:


Egg patterns (18), Mayers mini leach in black, brown (14-18)
Miracle midge, Black Beauties, bling midge, foam back emergers, Blindside midge, Money midge, buckskins, red larva, Mercury midge, zebra midges, Juju midge, all in sizes 20-24.
Sniper baetis, Jedi Master, Barrs emerges, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and black), chessman emergers, ice emergers, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-24

Dry Flies

Mole fly 20-24, Parachute BWO 20-24, Smoke Jumper 20-24, Griffith's gnat 18-22


Cover ground, but when you find a willing eat, it will be worth it!  White, orange, or even fluorescents are working.

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

  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.