Arkansas River
Below Pueblo Reservoir

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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Parachute BWO  

  2. BWO  

  3. Trico Emerger  

  4. Baetis Nymph  

  5. Black Beauty  

  6. Prince Nymph  

  7. Pine Squirrel Leech  

  8. Iron Sally  

  9. Zebra Midge  

  10. Leech  

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Recent Guide Reports

Oct 21 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

With a big cool down into more typical Fall we've seen a big upturn in activity, as expected. Fishing has been strong, but technical and typically focused on early mornings and evenings...so with cooler conditions we've seen more consistent productivity throughout the day. October and November offer some of the most consistent fishing of the year on the Tailwater, so plan some days...and if you're ready to take your game to the next level, give us a shout to grab a guide for a day! (888) 994-6743 ext 2

One quick note: As we move into a lower flow time period with air temps still warm please be sure to watch water temp and revive fish if needed...Protect the resource!

Give us a shout if you'd like to book a float or pre-book a wade trip with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

*Note: We are beginning to book many of our Fall/ Early Winter Days to capacity already. Please call us at (888) 994-6743 ext 2, or visit our Guide Trips online to inquire about availability if you're interested in booking a trip...before all our days are gone!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 68.2 cfs (Hatchery Outflow is Minimal)

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

Its Fall Primetime, and although conditions are technical...fishing has been productive. The key for success will be understanding where to be in the water column. You'll want to be prepared with the full lifecycle of Tricos, Caddis, Pseudo Baetis (Fall BWO's), and Midges. Dial in where fish are feeding and rig your nymphing depth or dry fly rigs to match. Fish will be relatively condensed to deeper tailouts and heavy structure.

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
719-269-3474

Oct 15 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

Fishing on the Ark below the dam has been fairly consistent over the last several days. Stable flows and comparatively mild air temps this week should keep water temps in check. That being said, it isnt uncommon for water temps to push dangerous levels in the afternoon. So if you feel it heating up give the trout a break. By and large, nymphing is going to produce the best results. Small midge and baetis patterns have been the top producers, but were still seeing action on caddis larva and stoneflies. We recommend leading with something bigger like a Pats Rubber Legs followed by one or more smaller imitative patterns like a Rojo Midge, Mercury Midge, beadhead RS2 or Jujubaetis. Otherwise, were seeing consistent hatch activity in the midge and BWO variety. While surface feeding can be hit or miss, when it's on its on. If you see trout actively rising, rig up a single or double dry fly and hit the banks and slower water. Streamers will be productive as well with consistent cloud cover, but you are best suited waiting until air pressure dips below normal levels starting on Saturday.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Bead head Iron Sally (#12-16), Caddis Candy(#18-22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech(#10-14) and Squirmy Wormy(#10-14).

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Parachute Trico (#20-24), Trico Spinner (#20-24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Amy's Ant (#12), Yellow Sally (#12-14, PMD Thorax Dun (#20-22), Parachute PMD (#20-22), Resting Caddis (#16-18), X2 Caddis (#16-18)



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Oct 13 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

With a big cool down into more typical Fall weather over the next few days, we should see a massive upturn in activity. Fishing has been strong, but technical and focused on early mornings and evenings...so with cooler conditions we should see more consistent productivity throughout the day. October and November offer some of the most consistent fishing of the year on the Tailwater, so plan some days...and if you're ready to take your game to the next level, give us a shout to grab a guide for a day! (888) 994-6743 ext 2

One quick note: As we move into a lower flow time period with air temps still warm please be sure to watch water temp and revive fish if needed...Protect the resource!

Give us a shout if you'd like to book a float or pre-book a wade trip with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

*Note: We are beginning to book many of our Fall/ Early Winter Days to capacity already. Please call us at (888) 994-6743 ext 2, or visit our Guide Trips online to inquire about availability if you're interested in booking a trip...before all our days are gone!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 88 cfs (Hatchery Outflow is Minimal)

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

Its Fall Primetime, and although conditions are technical...fishing has been productive. The key for success will be understanding where to be in the water column. You'll want to be prepared with the full lifecycle of Tricos, Caddis, Pseudo Baetis (Fall BWO's), and Midges. Dial in where fish are feeding and rig your nymphing depth or dry fly rigs to match. Fish will be relatively condensed to deeper tailouts and heavy structure.

Royal Gorge Anglers operates the oldest fly fishing guide service and full service flyshop on the Arkansas River Freestone and Arkansas River Tailwater. Our guide service also offers various guided fly fishing experiences on the South Platte River, Gunnison River, Stillwater, Private Ranches, Backcountry and more. CLICK HERE to Learn more about our Guided Trip Options or Call us (888) 994-6743 ext 2 to talk to us directly...

This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
719-269-3474

Oct 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

While flows on the Ark below the Pueblo Dam have held steady at a comparatively higher rate, water temps continue to push dangerous levels in the afternoons. As such, trout have been lethargic during this time with less dissolved oxygen in the water and are feeding at lower rates. With this in mind, the morning will continue to be the most productive window of fishing as air temps are set to remain in the mid to high 80s through the weekend. The nymph rig will continue to produce the best results. However, hatch activity has been strong, but fairly erratic. When nymphing, lead with big and messy patterns in the leech and stonefly variety. If you choose to go with a leech, like an Egg Sucking Leech or Pine Squirrel Leech, wed recommend that you dead drift your flies downstream, as you would a nymph rig, and strip them back toward you like you would a streamer. Otherwise, trail your lead fly with one or more smaller midge or baetis patterns. In the early hours, focus on pupa/larva and as the day progresses and water temps rise, switch to an emerger and keep an eye out for hatch activity and actively rising trout. If you see trout rising, rig up a single or double dry fly. Midges will be the most prominent and will be present in the late morning while BWOs will make an appearance in the early afternoon. Low air pressure starting today and lasting through Sunday will make for great streamer fishing. However, it will be sunny during this time so focus on the deep runs where trout are protected from aerial predators as well as areas with cover like shrubs and trees.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: RS2 (#20 - 22), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Bead head Iron Sally (#12-16), Caddis Candy(#18-22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), red Copper John (#18 - 20), Black Beauty (#22 - 24), Zebra Midge (#18 - 20), Top Secret Midge (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), Electric Caddis (#16 - 18), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech(#10-14) and Squirmy Wormy(#10-14).

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Parachute Trico (#20-24), Trico Spinner (#20-24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), Amy's Ant (#12), Yellow Sally (#12-14, PMD Thorax Dun (#20-22), Parachute PMD (#20-22), Resting Caddis (#16-18), X2 Caddis (#16-18)



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

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