Fishing Report For the Arkansas Tailwater


Arkansas Tailwater Pueblo Fishing Report




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July 6th, 2020


Arkansas River Tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir (Pueblo Tailwater)


General Overview

We're moving into a great Summer window on the tailwater! Given that flows are drastically lower than average already on the freestone section, we should see flows remain under 1000cfs on the Tailwater over the course of the next month. Clarity also remains excellent for this time period. That being said, do practice some restraint on trying to wade this section when flows are above 750cfs as it can be quite difficult and dangerous in areas. Our guides will continue to operate float trips only on the Tailwater until we get under 700cfs. Give us a shout if you'd like to book a float or pre-book a wade trip 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. 


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Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 729 cfs plus approx 25 cfs out of the Hatchery

Clarity: 3ft (Clear Edges, Green Tint in the Current Tongue)


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 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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