Arkansas River
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Jan 13 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

After several weeks of consistency, flows on the Ark below the Pueblo dam dropped by nearly 40%. As a result, trout are being pushed to the deeper runs, pools and pockets. While trout are generally congregating in these locations to begin with, there are fewer places for trout to hold. While lower flows are making for more of a challenge, water clarity remains high. Additionally, if you can locate one trout, there are likely more lurking around given minimal viable holding positions. Weather in the coming days and into next week is forecast to be relatively mild. However, overnight temps will drop well below freezing resulting in slower productivity in the morning. As such, give the water some time to warm up before you begin to fish. 10:30 am is a good starting point as productivity will pick up thereafter. Youre going to want to think small and flashy as well as imitative flies through Saturday (1/16) as air pressure is set to remain elevated and it will take some convincing to get trout to feed. Otherwise, on Sunday (1/17) and Monday (1/18) youll want to adjust your approach and lead with something a little bigger like a leech or stonefly followed by one or more smaller imitative midge or baetis patterns like a Black Beauty, Top Secret, Blood Midge, Mercury RS2 or Chocolate Foamback Emerger. Dry fly action has been good, particularly in the late morning and afternoon. So come prepared to fish some surface flies.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/17 & 1/18

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), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech(#10-14) and Squirmy Wormy(#10-14).

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Parachute BWO (#22-24), Comparadun BWO (#22-24)



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

Jan 11 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

We've got one gorgeous weather headed our way folks...highs in the mid 50's nearly every day this week through the weekend. We'll not only have some great opportunities on the Tailwater of course, but will also have some shots to get on the Freestone section with this very temperate weather!

Though its a small bug game for certain, those bugs (BWOs & Midges) have been very active within all lifecycle stages. We've had some nice overcast days, which are always great for heavier activity in the BWO emerger and adult categories...and on the flip-side your brighter/ blue bird days the Midge category will typically be your breadwinner. Because of the consistency the Tailwater offers, pressure has been heavy at times, so expect for fishing to be technical throughout the Winter season.

Lake turnover seems to be complete and clarity is strong. Its a small bug game on the majority of our fisheries now, but you can expect to see hatches of Midges, Tricos and Fall Baetis throughout the course of the day. Our guides have been producing some great trips on the Tailwater as of late, and the forecast looks fantastic this week...plan some days! The winter season offers some of the most consistent fishing of the year on the Tailwater with building BWO lifecycle activity, so plan some days...and if you're ready to take your game to the next level, give us a shout to grab a guide for a day! (888) 994-6743 ext 2

Give us a shout if you'd like to book a winter wade trip or pre-book a float trip next season with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

*Note: Remember, the Arkansas Tailwater is one of the most consistent Winter fisheries in the state of Colorado! We are beginning to book many of our Winter Days to capacity already. 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: 91.7cfs (Hatchery Outflow is ~20cfs)

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

The Winter Season on the Arkansas Tailwater involves very consistent bug activity...but those bugs are small. Be ready with full lifecycles of Midges, Tricos and Psuedocloeon Mayflies (Small/ Dark BWO's). While technical low water nymphing rigs will of course be your staple, be sure you're prepared with a solid selection of emergers and dries. With lower flows, look for fish to be condensed in the heavier structure and deep tailouts.

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

Jan 06 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

Stable flows and mild temps have made for some great days on the water. That being said, overnight lows continue to creep down leading to slower mornings. The next couple of days (Jan 7 & Jan 8) will be relatively mild from an air temps perspective so expect a longer day on the water. This weekend, however, brings a chance of snow and cooler temps. As such, trout will hold idle for longer and be less inclined to move into the obvious feeding lanes. Beyond the weekend, conditions will be more forgiving and trout will resume normal feeding habits. Regardless of when you fish, air pressure is set to remain elevated for the next several days. As a result, trout will be more selective. The nymph rig with small attractor point flies and imitative midge trailers will produce the best results. As far as attractors go, we like the Rainbow Warrior, red Copper John, Blood Midge and Jujubee Midge. That said, if you are not seeing results, dont hesitate to rig up something more sizable like a Micro Leech or small Pats Rubber Legs. Otherwise, Top Secrets, Zebra Midges (red & black) and Black Beauties are a few of our go-to trailer patterns. Focus on the deep and slow water, but dont discount the slower riffles and outseams. Theres a good chance you see some surface action before and after the weekend so come prepared to fish some dries. Double dries and dry/emerger rigs should treat you right.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/7 & 1/11

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), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech(#10-14) and Squirmy Wormy(#10-14).

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Parachute BWO (#22-24), Comparadun BWO (#22-24)



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

Dec 30 FlyCast River Forecast

Difficulty: Intermediate

Fishing on the Ark below the Pueblo dam has been great in recent days. Flows have held steady and above historical norms for this time of year which has made for a comparatively active trout. Water clarity is great right now so do your best to sight fish. While the mornings have been cold with sub-freezing overnight temps, the late morning and afternoon have been fishing well. Mild weather this week should signal a number of midge hatches as well as the occasional BWO. As such, be prepared to fish some dries. That being said, youll likely spend most of your time fishing sub-surface. With elevated air pressure, youre going to want to focus on small attractor patterns when nymphing. Try leading with a Blood Midge, Demon Midge, Rainbow Warrior or red Copper John followed by one or more smaller imitative midge or baetis patterns. If you are not seeing results on the aforementioned lead flies, try your luck at a Myers Mini Leech or Pats Rubber Legs. By and large, trout will hunker down in the deep and slow moving water, but dont be surprised if you see trout lingering in the more shallow riffles and outer seams.

Ideal Days to Fish: 1/1, 1/2 & 1/4

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), Pats Rubber Legs (#10 - 12), Rainbow Warrior (#20 - 22), Pine Squirrel Leech(#10-14) and Squirmy Wormy(#10-14).

Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Parachute BWO (#22-24), Comparadun BWO (#22-24)



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

Dec 30 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

We've seen a return to a bit more Winter-like weather here over the last several days as we prepare to welcome the new year. That being said, fishing has remained very solid on the tailwater...our guides are doing very well on trips day-in, day-out. I would send a note of caution, however...this section has been very busy, so come expecting crowds.

Though its a small bug game for certain, those bugs (BWOs & Midges) have been very active within all lifecycle stages. We've had some nice overcast days, which are always great for heavier activity in the BWO emerger and adult categories...and on the flip-side your brighter/ blue bird days the Midge category will typically be your breadwinner. Because of the consistency the Tailwater offers, pressure has been heavy at times, so expect for fishing to be technical throughout the Winter season.

Lake turnover seems to be complete and clarity is strong. Its a small bug game on the majority of our fisheries now, but you can expect to see hatches of Midges, Tricos and Fall Baetis throughout the course of the day. Our guides have been producing some great trips on the Tailwater as of late, and the forecast looks fantastic this week...plan some days! The winter season offers some of the most consistent fishing of the year on the Tailwater with building BWO lifecycle activity, so plan some days...and if you're ready to take your game to the next level, give us a shout to grab a guide for a day! (888) 994-6743 ext 2

Give us a shout if you'd like to book a winter wade trip or pre-book a float trip next season with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

*Note: Remember, the Arkansas Tailwater is one of the most consistent Winter fisheries in the state of Colorado! We are beginning to book many of our Winter Days to capacity already. 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: 100cfs (Hatchery Outflow is Minimal)

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

The Winter Season on the Arkansas Tailwater involves very consistent bug activity...but those bugs are small. Be ready with full lifecycles of Midges, Tricos and Psuedocloeon Mayflies (Small/ Dark BWO's). While technical low water nymphing rigs will of course be your staple, be sure you're prepared with a solid selection of emergers and dries. With lower flows, look for fish to be condensed in the heavier structure and deep tailouts.

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

Dec 26 Royal Gorge Anglers

General Overview

Wow...highs in the 60's the last several days...hard to believe its late December! Get out to enjoy this weather before more winter-like weather arrives. Though its a small bug game for certain, those bugs (BWOs & Midges) have been very active within all lifecycle stages. We've had some nice overcast days, which are always great for heavier activity in the BWO emerger and adult categories...and on the flip-side your brighter/ blue bird days the Midge category will typically be your breadwinner. Because of the consistency the Tailwater offers, pressure has been heavy at times, so expect for fishing to be technical throughout the Winter season.

Lake turnover seems to be complete and clarity is strong. Its a small bug game on the majority of our fisheries now, but you can expect to see hatches of Midges, Tricos and Fall Baetis throughout the course of the day. Our guides have been producing some great trips on the Tailwater as of late, and the forecast looks fantastic this week...plan some days! The winter season offers some of the most consistent fishing of the year on the Tailwater with building BWO lifecycle activity, so plan some days...and if you're ready to take your game to the next level, give us a shout to grab a guide for a day! (888) 994-6743 ext 2

Give us a shout if you'd like to book a winter wade trip or pre-book a float trip next season with our phenomenal tailwater guides (888) 994-6743 ext 2...available float dates are limited as we are the only float outfitter on the tailwater.

*Note: Remember, the Arkansas Tailwater is one of the most consistent Winter fisheries in the state of Colorado! We are beginning to book many of our Winter Days to capacity already. 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: 98 cfs (Hatchery Outflow is Minimal)

Clarity: Clear

Suggested Methods

The Winter Season on the Arkansas Tailwater involves very consistent bug activity...but those bugs are small. Be ready with full lifecycles of Midges, Tricos and Psuedocloeon Mayflies (Small/ Dark BWO's). While technical low water nymphing rigs will of course be your staple, be sure you're prepared with a solid selection of emergers and dries. With lower flows, look for fish to be condensed in the heavier structure and deep tailouts.

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

Fly Shop Directory

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Phone Number: 970-453-4135
Address: 100 N. Main St., Ste 206, Breckenridge, CO 80401
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Phone Number: 303-447-2400
Address: 1904 Araphoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302
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Phone Number: 719-269-3474
Address: 1210 Royal Gorge Blvd., Canon City, CO 81212
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Address: 5200 Nature Center Road, Pueblo, CO 81003
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Address: 249 Summit Place, Silverthorne, CO 80498
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Phone Number: 303-733-1434
Address: 1303 E. 6TH Ave, Denver, CO 80218