Arkansas River
Tailwaters Below Pueblo Reservoir

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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Leech  

  2. Pheasant Tail  

  3. Juju Baetis  

  4. Zebra Midge  

  5. RS-2  

  6. Parachute BWO  

  7. Griffith's Gnat  

  8. BWO  

  9. San Juan Worm  

  10. Baetis Nymph  

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Recent Guide Reports

Apr 14 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows below the Pueblo Dam continue to drop having averaged a little over 200 cfs the last several days and remain well below historical averages for this time of year. Water clarity has improved slightly, but trout now have fewer holding places. The heavy nymph rig continues to produce consistent results when drifted through the deeper runs and tailouts. Were seeing an increasing number of hatches which are lasting longer and are bigger in volume. The midge hatch has been strong in the late morning and afternoon while the BWOs are becoming more prevalent in the early afternoon. Streamers have been very productive on warm and cloudy days, but can be hit or miss. This week is forecast to start off relatively slow and will be highly dependent on hatch activity. Streamers and comparatively larger nymphs will be the ticket early in the week and trout will begin to feed at normal levels starting on Wednesday.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday (afternoon), Thursday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#22 - 24), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22 - 24), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Top Secret Midge (#24 - 26), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 26), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), 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/

Apr 13 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Flows are now at around 300cfs and fishing has been absolutely solid! Overall, this increase in flow since March 15th has helped fish spread out a bit and productivity has gone through the roof! You'll still need to be prepared to fish light tippet and small flies, however with the strengthening BWO and Caddis activity, that will begin to wane as well. Do be very careful wading around Redds and not to fish to actively spawning fish, there are many Redds in every section currently. Overall, the fishing has been lights out, so get to this section soon...before big water hits! Check out our April Video Report (Above) for more detailed information.

BWO and Midge activity has been strong, and Caddis activity is coming along near the substrate. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. With increased release, also be sure to be prepared with San Juan Worms, Cranefly Larva, Leeches, and some Small Stonefly Nymphs. 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: 289cfs ~ Approx 315cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Stained to 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 early Spring...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

Apr 10 Steel City Anglers

April 10, 2019
Flow: 296
Water Temp: 44-51
Hold on to your butts Colorado!
With imminent storms coming I cant help but reflect again how fortunate I am to live in the Ark River valley. While the greater part of the state is looking at a snow bomb Pueblo might get a light dusting on the grass.
The wind are a pain in the arse but overall, as a state of the rive address, were doing very well. Last summers high flows helped erode out the damage from 2015. The size of our trout has been on an upswing again and weve survived fire and flood. I can only hope that this years flush doesnt cause the same effect.
We had the opportunity to have Carlos, Joe and Kevin out with us. This was the second trip with Carlos and Joe after a five year break. The first outing was a tough day spending the greater part of the morning on casting and safety. We had had several hookups but all were lost. This trip it was a strange day where only the big boys were feeding. As a guide, hooking up a neophyte up on large trout isnt ideal but you take what you can get. Id rather coach playing the fish on a few stockers before we get to the leviathans.
This trip we were able to work with Carlos and Joe with a little more experience on their part (and ours) and they did well. As most seasoned anglers know, fighting a trout on a fly rod is so counterintuitive to how we fished as children with bait. Carlos heeded my instruction and kept his tip and let the rod and reel do the work. In the end it wasnt a monster but if yall recall your first trout on the fly you cant disparage.
As always the SJW works but outside of that I cant remember a day when we switched patters so often through half day trip. BH pheasant tails, olive #20 epoxy midges, a Griffiths gnat on dries (crazy action) and rs2s are attracting well.
Thanks Carlos for your career service to USAF.
Tight lines,
Ben

Fly Fishing Pueblo, Colorado Under Outfitter License # 2796

This report was written by Steel City Anglers: http://www.steelcityanglers.com
(719) 778-3059

Apr 09 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Last week we saw some flow movement as BOR tested gate function at the dam, however flows have now been stable in the 200cfs window for about 4 days. Overall, this increase in flow since March 15th has helped fish spread out a bit and productivity has gone through the roof! You'll still need to be prepared to fish light tippet and small flies, however with the strengthening BWO and Caddis activity, that will begin to wane as well. Do be very careful wading around Redds and not to fish to actively spawning fish, there are many Redds in every section currently. Overall, the fishing has been lights out, so get to this section soon...before big water hits! Check out our April Video Report (Above) for more detailed information.

BWO and Midge activity has been strong, and Caddis activity is coming along near the substrate. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. With increased release, also be sure to be prepared with San Juan Worms, Cranefly Larva, Leeches, and some Small Stonefly Nymphs. 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: 220cfs ~ Approx 255cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Stained to 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 early Spring...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

Apr 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Ark below the Pueblo dam have come off slightly, but should have minimal impact of productivity. However, water clarity should improve making sight fishing easier. This is a healthy water level for bug life and the trout are cashing in. Hatch activity continues to improve with an abundance of midges coming off at around 11 AM and between 3 and 4 PM. BWOs are starting to make an appearance as well and have been prevalent between 1 and 2 PM. By and large the heavy nymph rig continues to be the most productive mode of fishing. Stonefly, leech (we like the Pine Squirrel Leech), egg and worm patterns continue to make for great point flies. Trail any of the aforementioned flies with a black or red zebra midge, blood midge, miracle midge or grey bead head RS2s. As for dry flies, come equipped with some Parachute Adams, BWO Sparkle Dun, CDC BWO, and Griffiths Gnats. Streamers can be hit or miss, but are often very productive on warm and cloudy days.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Friday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#22 - 24), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22 - 24), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Top Secret Midge (#24 - 26), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 26), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), 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/

Apr 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Sustained higher flows have made for better feeding conditions and a comparatively active trout. Water clarity remains good despite recent dam releases. The heavy nymph rig continues to be the most effective fishing method, but were seeing decent results on streamers and dries. As far as nymphing goes, add an extra 12-24 inches of tippet and position your indicators at a point where your flies can reach the river bed. Ensure ample weight to your rigs and go with naturally heavy flies. We recommend leading with a tungsten bead head nymph followed by one or two smaller midge or baetis patterns. The Pine Squirrel Leech remains one of our favorite point flies as it is deadly when dead drifted through the deep runs and pools. Otherwise, worms, eggs, and stoneflies have produced great results. Were seeing consistent midge hatches in the late morning and afternoons, but with increasingly warm air and water temps the BWOs are starting to come into play and are hatching between 1 and 2 pm.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Sunday

Suggested Flies:

Sub-surface: red Copper John (#18 - 22), RS2 (#22 - 24), Barr's Emerger (#22), Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger (#22 - 24), Stalcup's Baetis (#20 - 22), Prince Nymph (#18 - 22), Pheasant Tail (#18 - 20), Hare's Ear (#18 - 22), Black Beauty (#22 - 26), Zebra Midge (#22 - 26), Top Secret Midge (#24 - 26), JuJu Baetis (#22 - 26), WD 40 (#20 - 22), Rainbow Warrior (#22 - 24), Miracle Midge (#24-26), Red Midge Larva (#24-26), 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/

Apr 01 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

The Tailwater is whole different animal as we move into April! Flows are now hanging just under 400cfs, and most likely will not fall below that mark until late Fall. More water will help the fish spread out a bit and will increase productivity overall, but you'll need to cover water and wading won't be as easy as the last few months. You'll still need to be prepared to fish light tippet and small flies due to the pressure, however that will become less of an issue as more of our drainages open up to Spring fishing. In addition please be very careful wading around Redds and not to fish to actively spawning fish. Overall, the fishing has been lights out, so get to this section soon...before big water hits! Check out our April Video Report (Above) for more detailed information.

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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. With the flow bump, also be sure to be prepared with San Juan Worms, Cranefly Larva, Leeches, and some Small Stonefly Nymphs. 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: 365cfs ~ Approx 395cfs below the hatchery

Clarity: Stained to 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 early Spring...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

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