Arkansas River
Below Pueblo Reservoir

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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Leech  

  2. Pheasant Tail  

  3. San Juan Worm  

  4. RS-2  

  5. Griffith's Gnat  

  6. Black Beauty  

  7. Prince Nymph  

  8. Green Drake  

  9. Pine Squirrel Leech  

  10. Zebra Midge  

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Aug 11 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Ark below the Pueblo Dam have been highly variable over the last several days, but are inching their way down toward productive levels. Water clarity is fairly poor with less than a foot of visibility. That said, trout are still feeding and you will have comparatively fewer crowds. By and large, you are going to want to stick with the heavy nymph rig or streamer and focus on the banks where water clarity is best. When nymphing, go with bigger flashy patterns with plenty of weight. Lead with a #14-16 Flashback Pheasant Tail, Depth Charger, San Juan Worm, Egg Sucking Leech or Pine Squirrel Leech followed by one or two smaller imitative nymphs like a Blood Midge, bead head RS2, or Mercury Midge. Stoneflies can be productive as well so dont hesitate to toss a Yellow Sally nymph or Pats Rubber Legs in the water. When fishing streamers, go with white or black patterns so as to contrast the water and turn more heads. We like to dead drift smaller leech or bugger patterns then strip them back very slowly. Otherwise, traditional sculpin streamer patterns will do the trick. Hatch activity has been strong, but trout have been reluctant to rise to surface flies. That said, if you are seeing trout actively rising be prepared to fish some Yellow Sallies, caddis, tricos, BWOs and midge patterns. The dry dropper can be very effective under these conditions. Target the banks and areas with cover and do your best to get your nymphs deep. To do so, we like to use at least 24 inches of tippet and small split shot.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Wednesday & 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/

Aug 06 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

While clarity hasn't been exceptional fishing continues to be productive for our float guides. We're not quite in flow-range where we recommend wading, and with the clarity you can't see your feet. However, we feel that we're not far away from returning clarity (Summer Green), and a bit lower flows that will be more manageable for the wade angler.

Theres alot of bug activity on the Tailwater just like all of our other watersheds in Summer Primetime! Fish continue to be opportunistic on streamers and larger attractor nymphs, but we're also beginning to see fish key on Tricos, PMDs, Caddis, and other sundry Summer hatches.

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Book one of our fantastic float guides while the conditions are prime!! CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 1120cfs

Clarity: 1-2ft

Suggested Methods

We've transitioned to bigger attractor nymphs for our subsurface rigs, with a heavy focus on smaller rubberleg stones, worms, and cranefly larva. Make sure you're using plenty of weight in your nymph rigs in higher flows. Our guides will also lean heavily on streamers...run either tandem rigs or larger articulate patterns for best success. In addition, we've begun to see fish make a move to Summer hatch matchers such as Tricos, Tan & Olive Caddis, and PMDs...so be ready with the full lifecycle of those bugs.

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

Aug 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Ark have finally come down to a reasonable level and the fishing has improved. Trout are now feeding at various points and depths of the river. Water clarity has improved, but you'll still want to stick with bigger, flashy patterns when nymphing or fishing streamers. By and large, nymphing is will be the most productive mode of fishing. Lead with bigger attractor flies like a Pats Rubber Legs, San Juan Worm, Flashback Pheasant Tail or Copper John followed by one or two smaller imitiative midge, baetis or caddis patterns. When fishing streamers, stick with black or white patterns that will contrast the water. With lower flows, dry fly fishing is really starting to pick up. You can expect to see a variety of hatches occurring throughout the day. Make sure you have some PMDs, green drake, yellow stonefly and caddis patterns handy as trout will capitalize on an easy meal. When fishing dries, target the slower water near the banks and in areas with cover as trout will be more prone to feed on surface flies here.

Ideal Days to Fish: Thursday & 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/

Jul 29 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Flows will drop below 1000cfs today. In addition we've gained a little more clarity (summer green) over the last 2 weeks or so. This flowrate is still a difficult prospect from the wading perspective (but not impossible), so our guides are continuing to float this section primarily...and have been extremely productive doing so!

Theres alot of bug activity on the Tailwater just like all of our other watersheds in Summer Primetime! Fish continue to be opportunistic on streamers and larger attractor nymphs, but we're also beginning to see fish key on Tricos, PMDs, Caddis, and other sundry Summer hatches.

Ready to see the Arkansas Tailwater from a different perspective? Book one of our fantastic float guides while the conditions are prime!! CLICK HERE for more info!

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 958cfs

Clarity: 2ft (Summer Green)

Suggested Methods

We've transitioned to bigger attractor nymphs for our subsurface rigs, with a heavy focus on smaller rubberleg stones, worms, and cranefly larva. Make sure you're using plenty of weight in your nymph rigs in higher flows. Our guides will also lean heavily on streamers...run either tandem rigs or larger articulate patterns for best success. In addition, we've begun to see fish make a move to Summer hatch matchers such as Tricos, Tan & Olive Caddis, and PMDs...so be ready with the full lifecycle of those bugs.

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

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