A big warm up on Saturday had fish feeding fairly heavily through the weekend. However, the river is still low and clear, so fishing has been very technical. Expect some solid conditions this week with some nice weather in the forecast...but expect it to be busy!
January and February are 2 of the most technical months on the Arkansas Tailwater for several reasons. First and foremost, this is one of the most popular fisheries in the state in the winter (for good reason), so pressure will be substantial. Secondly, this years flows are lower than average due to drought conditions in 2018. That being said, our guides are continuing to produce alot of nice fish and that will continue, regardless of temperature.
BWO and Midge activity has been strong, but thats pretty much it. Typically you'll find Midges out when the sun is high. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be substantial. Overall fishing has been very good in the last few weeks, but make sure you're stealthy and fishing long leaders and light tippet for best success.
Royal Gorge Anglers holds the oldest permit on the Arkansas Tailwater. Ready to learn how to approach the Tailwater in the winter with confidence? Call us Toll Free (888) 994-6743 to book a day with one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides.
Above Pueblo Flowrate: 39 cfs ~ Approx 77 cfs below the hatchery
We have continued to see strong BWO and Midge hatch activity, and those bugs will always be producers in the months of January and February. During "Winter Primetime," it will be key to have your substrate nymph rig dialed in on the midge and Baetis scene. As with any watershed, look for your heavy hatches before switching to dries, but especially in the winter...deep nymphing will be your best producer throughout the day. Don't forget a small leech pattern dead drifted or on the swing...as that will still be a producer in the winter.