Arkansas River | Pueblo, Colorado
Arkansas River Pueblo Fly Fishing Information
The Arkansas River below Pueblo Reservoir is one of the best winter fisheries in Colorado. Here the rainbows grow large and develop a deep red coloring on their gill plates and sides. This is a tailwater in all respects, but a unique one compared to other fly fishing tailwaters in the state. Huge numbers of fish and easy access make the Arkansas River in Pueblo a must see Colorado Fly Fishing Destination.
In the years of 2004 – 2005, a multimillion-dollar stream improvement project was completed. This project deepened the stream channel and also added rock weirs and boulder gardens to the nine river miles between the dam and the confluence of Fountain Creek. Since the stream improvements, the Rainbow Trout have taken root and thrived. This is due to the consistent flows released from Pueblo reservoir, improved structure, fishing regulations, fish management programs and an abundance of food.
The Caddis and Trico hatches begin in September/October and last into November and December. After November, BWO’s should be the main focus in your fly box. Midges begin to take over in January and February. It is a rare day when the fish below Pueblo will not rise to a dry fly. The Arkansas River below Pueblo can have some incredible Blue Winged Olive and Midge hatches through out the year.
As March approaches, midges remain the dominant hatch as the spring BWO’s usually don’t start hatching in great numbers until water temps rise into the mid 40’s. However, BWO nymphs are very abundant and are top producers when there is not a midge hatch occurring. March also triggers the tailwater bows to start their spring spawn and egg patterns become a top attractor fly. April is the month when water releases begin again, and the river grows into a monster. Making it challenging to wade and fish.
4 or 5 Weight Fly Rod that is either 9 Foot or 8″6″ Long.
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3X, 4X or 5X Leaders for Nymphing and Dry Flies (either 7.5 Foot or 9 Foot Long).
0X, 1X and 2X Leaders for Streamers.
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4X, 5X and 6X Fluorocarbon Tippet for Nymphing.
5X and 6X Nylon Tippet for Dry Flies.
1X or 2X Fluorocrabon Tippet for Streamers.
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Other Recommended Items:
Waders and Boots
Fingerless Gloves (Winter)
Arkansas River Pueblo Flies:
- #16-20 AK’s Quill Body Parachute >>
- #18-24 Parachute Adams >>
- #18-22 Sprout Midge >>
- #18-22 Gregs Emerger >>
- #18-26 Midge Dries >>
- #16-20 Blue Wing Olive Parachute >>
- #17-21 Pueblo Emerger >>
- #16-22 Pheasant Tail >>
- #18-22 Desert Storm >>
- #18-22 Barr’s Emerger >>
- #18-22 Medallion Midge >>
- #18-24 Top Secret Midge >>
- #18-24 Black Beauty >>
- #18-22 Rs2 >>
- #20-24 Johnny Flash >>
- #18-24 Red Midge Larva >>
- #10-12 San Juan Worms >>
- #04-08 Autumn Splendor >>
- #04-08 Zuddler >>
- #02-08 Zonker >>
- #04-10 Woolly Bugger >>
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