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.

Arkansas River Pueblo Fly Fishing

Pueblo Tailwater Fly Fishing Rainbow TroutFly Fishing Arakansas PuebloArkansas River Pueblo Gear:

Fly Rod:
4 or 5 Weight Fly Rod that is either 9 Foot or 8″6″ Long.
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Fly Line:
4 or 5 Weight Forward Floating Fly Line for both Nymphing and Dry Flies.
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5 Weight Sinking Tip Fly Line for Streamers.
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Leaders:
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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Tippet:
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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Nymphing Indicators:
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Floatant:
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Split Shot:
#06, 04, 01 and BB Dinsmore Shot >>
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Other Recommended Items:
Waders and Boots
Rain JacketSPF
Fingerless Gloves (Winter)
Net
Polarized Sunglasses

Arkansas River Pueblo Flies:

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