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Where to Go Arkansas River – Pueblo

Current Reports


Updated 5/4/2021


The flows are fluctuating between 100 cfs and 300 cfs. Lots of midges hatching followed by BWOs. The fish are extremely happy right now! Fish have also spread out a little, so be sure to cover water. The dry fly action has also picked up. Be sure to have your favorite baetis and midge dry flies. There are good fish to be had here, it just takes some work. The warmer days will trigger more bug activity so be on the look out for that.  Still, the most productive times to fish are 10am-4pm.

The visibility will vary depending on the severity of the flow increases, but we should be moving into an early summer flow rate soon. BWOs and midges are still ruling the game, but caddis are becoming more present each day.

Cover some ground and don't be afraid to fish the less "popular" stretches on the tailwater. There is more water in those runs than people realize, and this has been a consistent fishery throughout the winter and spring.

Nymphing is your best bet, with some sporadic dry fly activity as well. The BWOs will be more active on overcast days. Streamers are also picking up fish here and there.


Effective Patterns:


Egg patterns (18), Mayers mini leach in black, olive, and brown (14-18), various worms,
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 18-24.
Sniper baetis, Jedi Master, Barrs emergers, pheasant tails, RS2 (grey and black), chessman emergers, ice emergers, Stalcups baetis, all in sizes 18-24

Caddis candy, larva 16-20

Dry Flies

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. All colors are doing fairly well with none in particular sticking out. Swinging wooly buggers can be a fun way to fish the tailwater.

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.