Fishing Report For the Arkansas Tailwater


Arkansas Tailwater Pueblo Fishing Report




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Scott Centric Fly Rod



September 17th, 2020


Arkansas River Tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo Tailwater)


General Overview

We're moving into one of the most productive time periods of the entire season on the Arkansas Tailwater...Fall! 100cfs ballpark at the dam. We continue to see heavy Trico and BWO activity with PMDs, Caddis and other sundry bugs mixed in. Continue to focus your efforts early and late and monitor water temperature, but with this massive cool down and air temps in the more typical range for September...we should see very solid fishing throughout the day.

One quick note: As we move into a lower flow time period with air temps still warm please be sure to watch water temp and revive fish if needed...Protect the resource! 


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Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 83 cfs plus approx 25 cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: Clear


Suggested Methods

  With clarity holding strong, we haven't really seen fish transition to eating larger flies like we typically do. So, we've continued to guide with staple bugs, mainly in the Trico, BWO, PMD and Caddis categories. Nymphing will be your staple at these slightly elevated flows, and be sure to use plenty of weight. Fish may be pushed to the edges in certain structure, so that will present some opportunities. If you elect to fish from the bank or wade a little bit, be careful!

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