Arkansas River
Below Pueblo Reservoir

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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Pheasant Tail  

  2. RS-2  

  3. Baetis Nymph  

  4. Black Beauty  

  5. Prince Nymph  

  6. Pine Squirrel Leech  

  7. Zebra Midge  

  8. Barr's Emerger BWO  

  9. Leech  

  10. Woolly Bugger  

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Dec 08 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Ark below the Pueblo Dam is in great shape! Not much in the way of fundamental changes compared to last week. Flows, while nearly half the historic average for this time of year, have held steady at roughly 70 cfs. Lower than normal flows have not impacted productivity, however. In fact, weve have some awesome dry fly days. Starting at about 11 am, you can expect to see a midge hatch and in the early afternoon, expect to see some BWOs. Parachute Adams and Parachute BWOs are a must right now, but youll also want to have some Griffiths gnats. That said, were seeing the most consistent results sub-surface. When nymphing, you really cant go wrong with anything in the simple midge and beatis variety. If you are fishing the morning, stick with a midge larva/ pupa like a Top Secret, Tube Midge, Black Beauty or Mercury Midge. In the afternoons, youll want to include some baetis patterns like the Darth Baetis, Jujubaetis, RS2 as well as some emergers. Air pressure is forecast to remain elevated most of the week leaving trout sluggish and holding deep so focus on the deep pools and runs. If you are not seeing results on the aforementioned nymph patterns, go with something more attractive like a Rainbow Warrior.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday & Thursday through Saturday

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/

Dec 04 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Its Winter on the Tailwater, meaning exceptionally consistent conditions and very productive fishing! Flows have been reduced to the typical sub-100cfs level, and will maintain in that range through the early Spring.

Winter storage is now in affect, so flows have been reduced to and will stay in the 70-100cfs range until next Spring. This means very consistent fishing day in and day out. With the substantial bug activity in the Pseudo Baetis, Trico and Midge categories over the last month or so...things couldn't be better on the Tailwater right now. Our guides have been extremely productive focusing on the full lifecycles of the a-for mentioned bugs, and we've been very surprised by the strong Dry Fly fishing as of late. Its Winter Primetime on the Arkansas Tailwater...plan a day to check it out!

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Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 75cfs plus approx 25cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: Slightly Stained (3ft of Viz)

Suggested Methods

Its getting a bit more technical on the tailwater, especially with flows now in the Winter range. We've still got some serious bug activity in the Midge, Trico 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 Tricos and Baetis in the air (typically late morning)...be sure you're prepared with full lifecycles.

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Dec 02 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The Ark below the Pueblo Dam is in great shape despite sustained low flows. Trout here are feeding consistently throughout the day and have been particularly active on the surface as of late. Expect to see significant BWO and midge hatches throughout the day, but most prominently after 11 am. Be sure to have some Parachute Adams, Parachute BWOs, Griffiths Gnats and Barrs Emergers on hand. That said, the double or triple nymph rig will produce the most consistent results. With low flows and dropping air temps, small and simple midge and baetis nymphs will produce the best results. The Jujubaetis, Mercury Midge, Black Beauty and beadhead RS2 are a few of our favorites. The mornings will be slow this week so wait for air and water temps to rise before hitting the water. Cloud cover will work in your favor this week, but air pressure will be fairly erratic. As such, you can expect slow mornings and periods of little to no action. Just be patient and adjust your approach accordingly. Pay close attention to the daily FlyCasts this week as the fundamentals will change day-to-day.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday

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/

Nov 25 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Pueblo Tailwater are currently sitting 70 cfs below the historical average for this time of year. At this level, the river feels a bit limited with trout stacking up in the pronounced pools and runs. The exception to this will be during the midge and BWO hatch when trout slide back into the tailouts and towards the banks. Weve seen solid hatch activity lately, with midges mid-morning and BWOs between 1pm and 3 pm. A #22 Griffiths Gnat is working well during the midge hatch and a #22-24 Parachute Adams will work for both hatches. Remember, with low flows, the water clarity has improved, so we suggest adding some extra tippet to your line to avoid spooking trout. If you dont observe a hatch, nymph or strip streamers. For nymphs, leeches, worms, Two Bit Hookers, Pheasant Tails and midge larva patterns are working well as a lead fly. For your trailer, midge pupa and baetis emergers such as Black Beauties, Top Secrets, Chocolate Foam Wings, RS2s and Barrs Emergers are performing well.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday

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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