Arkansas River
Below Pueblo Reservoir

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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Leech  

  2. Pheasant Tail  

  3. Black Beauty  

  4. Zebra Midge  

  5. Squirmy Wormy  

  6. RS-2  

  7. Baetis Nymph  

  8. Prince Nymph  

  9. Pine Squirrel Leech  

  10. Barr's Emerger BWO  

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Feb 18 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Technical would be the best way to describe the fishing on the Tailwater right now, but thats very typical for this time period...and our guides are still having some great days and finding some absolutely stunning pre-spawn fish!

Flows are in the typical window (70- 100cfs) for the Winter Flow Management program on the Tailwater, and water temps have been very consistent. Hatches have slowed down a bit over the last several weeks, but fish can still be had on top if you're willing to go small enough. Otherwise, nymphing has been very consistent, but technical due to the lower flows and pressure.

Bug wise, its pretty simple in the winter. Midges will be your #1 player in all lifecycle stages, followed by very small (#20-24) Pseudo Baetis (BWOs). Darker has been better on the Midge front, but that doesn't mean you won't stick a fish on red or olive. Our guides are taking some nice fish dead drifting micro leeches as well, but if you want to be successful its best to key on the small bugs and light tippet.

*Note: We are beginning to book many of our Spring guide days to capacity already. And most especially our exclusive prime float dates on the Tailwater in May, June and July are beginning to book solid. 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: 76.9 cfs plus approx 25 cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

Its getting a bit more technical on the tailwater, taking into account pressure and flows in the Winter range. We've still got some serious bug activity in the Midge, and Baetis categories. Nymphing will be your staple, and its time to start thinking lighter tippet and longer leaders with plenty of angler pressure. Midges are typically key in the early mornings, but as soon as you see micro-Baetis and Midges in the air (typically late morning)...be sure you're prepared with full lifecycles.

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This report was written by Royal Gorge Anglers: http://www.royalgorgeanglers.com
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Feb 16 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Ark below the Pueblo Dam has been fairly erratic with dramatic temperature swings and precipitation over the last few days. However, this week should improve with stable temps and air pressure. Trout are feeding predominantly below the surface and are keyed in on smaller midges in the dark color pallette. Black Beauties and Zebra Midges have been the MVPs as of late. However, this week, you will want to lead your nymph rig with something a little flashier like a Rainbow Warrior, Flashback PT, or Red Copper John as air pressure will remain elevated. If you are not seeing results on the aforementioned attractor patterns, dont hesitate to lead with something a little bigger like a Micro Leech or Pine Squirrel Leech. The mornings will be slow with cooler air temps. We suggest waiting until about 10 am to hit the water. The closer you fish to the dam the earlier you can start as water temps remain consistent. In the early hours, target the slow runs and deep pools and as the day progresses, turn your attention to the riffles, tailouts and outer seams.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, 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), 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, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

Feb 09 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

While trout can be finicky, fishing on the Ark below the Pueblo Dam has been great! Flows have held steady for the last couple of weeks and trout are feeding regularly starting in the late morning through the afternoon. The mornings have been fairly slow with cool temps, but you can expect productivity to pick up starting at about 10 am. Trout are holding in the deep and slow water for most the day, but have been prone to spread out to the more shallow riffles and outer seams with mild afternoon air temps. The heavy nymph rig with small and simple midge patterns seems to be the most productive mode of fishing. Bling Midges, Mercury Midges, Rojo Midges, Blood Midges and Black Beauties are all great options. If you are not seeing results, we recommend playing with your depth. Start by fishing deep, but if you see trout suspended in the water, go with a lighter load and fish some emerger patterns. Streamers have been productive on cloudy days, but trout have been hesitant to move far given cooler air temps. Were seeing continuous midge hatch activity making for some great surface action. If you see trout actively rising, dont hesitate to fish some small Parachute Adams or Griffiths Gnats followed by an emerger pattern.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday, 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), 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, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

Feb 03 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

By and large, fishing on the Arkansas below the Pueblo Dam has been fairly consistent over the last few weeks. Trout here are not terribly selective, but have been skittish with sustained low flows. Early in the week will be relatively slow with sub-freezing temps on Monday and Tuesday as well as erratic air pressure. During this time, trout will hold fairly idle in the depths of the water and feed predominantly on smaller midges. As such, the heavy nymph with with small and imitative patterns will do the trick. Black Beauties, Mercury Blood Midges, Bling Midges and Zebra Midges are all great options. Starting on Thursday, air temps will rise and air pressure will have stabilized rejuvenating trout. Trout will continue to hold on the slow runs and deep pools in the early hours, but as the day progresses look for them to move out the more shallow riffles and outer seams. Streamers are a decent option during this time. However, you will want to stick with the double or triple nymph rig for the most part. We should see some decent hatch activity later in the day so come prepared to fish some dries if you see trout actively feeding on surface flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday, Friday & 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), 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, Wooly Buggers, and Squirmy Wormy.

Surface: Parachute Adams (#20 - #22), Griffiths Gnat (#24 - 26), Elk Hair Caddis (#16 - 18), and Amy's Ant (#10).



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

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