Arkansas River
Tailwaters Below Pueblo Reservoir

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  1. Black Beauty  

  2. Zebra Midge  

  3. Leech  

  4. Baetis Nymph  

  5. Prince Nymph  

  6. Pine Squirrel Leech  

  7. Barr's Emerger BWO  

  8. Woolly Bugger  

  9. Foam Back Emerger  

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Recent Guide Reports

Feb 20 Royal Gorge Anglers

**Congrats to Team Royal Gorge Anglers for taking 1st Place at the 20 team Frostbite Fishoff Tournament on the Arkansas Tailwater! Congrats to guides Pat Thurman and Chris Ramos!

General Overview

Its been a winter week in SouthCentral Colorado, but the freezing temps have not affected the productivity on the Tailwater! In addition, the weather is looking excellent for the remainder of the week and next week looks outstanding with highs in the mid-50's for the majority of the week.

February is one of the most technical months on the Arkansas Tailwater for several reasons. First and foremost, this is one of the most popular fisheries in the state in the winter (for good reason), so pressure will be substantial. Secondly, this years flows are lower than average due to drought conditions in 2018. That being said, we will most likely begin to see a bit more release around the first of March with above average snowpack at the headwater, and the fishing in March is always lights out great regardless...

BWO and Midge activity has been strong, but thats pretty much it. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. Overall fishing has been very good in the last few weeks, but make sure you're stealthy and fishing long leaders and light tippet for best success.

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 35 cfs ~ Approx 75 cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

We have continued to see strong BWO and Midge hatch activity, and those bugs will always be producers in the month of February. During "Early Spring" it will be key to have your substrate nymph rig dialed in on the midge and Baetis scene. As with any watershed, look for your heavy hatches before switching to dries, but especially in the winter...deep nymphing will be your best producer throughout the day. Don't forget a small leech pattern dead drifted or on the swing...as that will still be a producer in the winter.

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

Feb 18 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Stable flows and mild air temps have made for some great days on the water. Here anglers can take part in a variety of fly fishing styles. When nymphing, youre going to want to target the deep and slow pools with structure. Trout tend to hold deep near the shelves where they are protected from predators and feed well below the surface of the water. In the early hours, you are going to want to ensure plenty of weight, but as air and water temps rise and the bugs begin to hatch adjust your fly depth to reach the upper water columns with emerger patterns. In the afternoon, weve seen a number of great midge and BWO hatches so be prepared to fish those dries. Streamers can be productive on warm and cloudy days. We like to dead drift small and large leech patterns then strip them up stream. This week is forecast to start off relatively slow as high air pressure and sub-freezing air temps make for a sluggish trout. Productivity will begin to improve after Wednesday with stable air pressure, cloud cover and higher air temps at which point trout will begin to feed more heavily.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday through Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Top Secret (#24), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24 - #26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#24 - 26), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

Feb 11 Royal Gorge Anglers

**Congrats to Team Royal Gorge Anglers for taking 1st Place at the 20 team Frostbite Fishoff Tournament on the Arkansas Tailwater last Saturday! Congrats to guides Pat Thurman and Chris Ramos!

General Overview

A big warm up on Saturday had fish feeding fairly heavily through the weekend. However, the river is still low and clear, so fishing has been very technical. Expect some solid conditions this week with some nice weather in the forecast...but expect it to be busy!

January and February are 2 of the most technical months on the Arkansas Tailwater for several reasons. First and foremost, this is one of the most popular fisheries in the state in the winter (for good reason), so pressure will be substantial. Secondly, this years flows are lower than average due to drought conditions in 2018. That being said, our guides are continuing to produce alot of nice fish and that will continue, regardless of temperature.

BWO and Midge activity has been strong, but thats pretty much it. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. Overall fishing has been very good in the last few weeks, but make sure you're stealthy and fishing long leaders and light tippet for best success.

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 39 cfs ~ Approx 77 cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

We have continued to see strong BWO and Midge hatch activity, and those bugs will always be producers in the months of January and February. During "Winter Primetime," it will be key to have your substrate nymph rig dialed in on the midge and Baetis scene. As with any watershed, look for your heavy hatches before switching to dries, but especially in the winter...deep nymphing will be your best producer throughout the day. Don't forget a small leech pattern dead drifted or on the swing...as that will still be a producer in the winter.

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

Feb 10 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The Arkansas Pueblo tailwater continues to be one of our favorite winter fly fishing destinations, especially if you can sneak away on a weekday. While the crowds, on the weekends, can be a bit of a nuisance there is plenty of open water to be had and fish to catch. Flows, while low for this time of year, have held steady at roughly 55 cfs and the trout continue to feed actively. Water clarity is generally poor on this section of the Arkansas so sight fishing will likely be a challenge. Target the deep runs and slow moving pools near structure so as to improve your odds. Nymphing remains the go-to rig, but you will experience a number of great hatches in the afternoons in which case you will want to hit the banks where trout are actively rising. Streamers, as well, can be very productive on warm and cloudy days and the dedicated streamer junkie will manage some beefy trout upon persistence. This week is forecast to fish very much in line with the last as mild air temps and regular air pressure patterns lead to an actively feeding trout. Cloud cover on the front and back end of the week will give trout a sense of security and spread them out across the water.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Top Secret (#24), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24 - #26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#24 - 26), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

Feb 08 Royal Gorge Anglers

**Note: The Frostbite Fish-Off Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 9th. There are 20 teams on the river...we suggest you find an alternate venue for fishing this Saturday!

General Overview

Its been a cold few days in Colorado, with night-time lows in the negatives for several days. However, we've got a substantial warm up headed our way with temps in the high-50's this weekend. Should be some solid conditions for productive fishing as we move into next week!

January and February are 2 of the most technical months on the Arkansas Tailwater for several reasons. First and foremost, this is one of the most popular fisheries in the state in the winter (for good reason), so pressure will be substantial. Secondly, this years flows are lower than average due to drought conditions in 2018. That being said, our guides are continuing to produce alot of nice fish and that will continue, regardless of temperature.

BWO and Midge activity has been strong, but thats pretty much it. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. Overall fishing has been very good in the last few weeks, but make sure you're stealthy and fishing long leaders and light tippet for best success.

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 39 cfs ~ Approx 77 cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

We have continued to see strong BWO and Midge hatch activity, and those bugs will always be producers in the months of January and February. During "Winter Primetime," it will be key to have your substrate nymph rig dialed in on the midge and Baetis scene. As with any watershed, look for your heavy hatches before switching to dries, but especially in the winter...deep nymphing will be your best producer throughout the day. Don't forget a small leech pattern dead drifted or on the swing...as that will still be a producer in the winter.

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

Feb 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing at the Arkansas Pueblo tailwater has been great and remains one of the more productive winter fly fishing options near Denver. Mild air and water temps have made for comfortable days on the water and a comparatively active trout. Flows increased slightly at the beginning of last week resulting a variety of new bug life and actively feeding trout. In the early hours, trout are feeding heavily on midge pupa patterns like the Top Secret (#24) and as the day progresses are keyed in on emerger patterns like the Barr's Emerger and Chocolate Foamback Emerger. The larger trout continue to hold in the deeper runs and pools near structure so if it is size that you are after make sure youve got plenty of weight. This week is forecast to be comparatively warmer than the last and should result in some great hatches. Upon hatch activity, go with smaller (#22-26) midge patterns and drift them along the banks or where trout are actively rising. Wind in the early part of the week will make for tricky casting so go with shorter casts and do your best not to slap the water.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Saturday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Top Secret (#24), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24 - #26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#24 - 26), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

Feb 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Mild air temps over the last week have made for some productive days on the water. While trout tend to stack up in the deeper water, they have been more inclined to spread out and move greater distances to your flies. At the end of last week, flows spiked modestly over the course of a day before returning to normal levels which stirred up a plethora of new bug life and is having trout feeding at comparatively higher rates. In cases of single day flow increases, we like to fish San Juan worms, eggs, leach and slightly larger (#18) search patterns as our lead flies during the subsequent days. This week is forecast to fish in line with the last as mild air/water temps continue to encourage hatch activity and trout spread out across the water. That being said, mostly sunny skies for the better part of this week will have trout holding deep and in protected water by and large. However, generally poor water clarity will work against the aforementioned inclination.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wed through Fri & Sun

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#20 - 22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#20 - 22), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#20 - 22), Zebra Midge (#20 - 22), Top Secret Midge (#20 - 22), JuJu Baetis (#20 - 22), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#24 - #26), Matthew's Sparkle Dun (#24 - 26), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26) and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

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