Fishing Report For the Arkansas Tailwater

 

Arkansas Tailwater Pueblo Fishing Report

 

 

January 16th, 2017

 

 

Arkansas Tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir

 

General Overview

Flows have increased slightly and fish are now more spread out, however, still look for dense congregation in heavy structure. Fishing has been average, with sporadic hatch activity, however our guides are still finding some very nice fish and conditions are great!

 Our guides have done very well focusing on specific patterns within the midge lifecycle, and covering structure methodically. Expect strong focus on sub surface midge lifecycle activity in the mroning and some potentially pupation and adult activity in the mid afternoons. With consistent weather over the course of the next 10 days, we expect some very productive days! We hold the oldest permit on the Arkansas Tailwater...ready to learn the ropes? Call Us Toll Free (888) 994-6743 to book your guide today!

 

Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 73 CFS

Clarity: 3ft

Conditions are great on the tailwater, while flows are still relativley low at the 75-100 cfs mark, this is a typical winter flow. Expect clarity and flow to be stable through February...  

 

Suggested Methods

The Arkansas Tailwater is a technical nymphing fishery for the most part. However, Blue Winged Olive and Midge lifecycle activity will have fish up for several hours a day even into the coldest winter months. Our emphasis is placed on czech nymphing and high stick nymphing, using many methods similar to the Upper Arkansas Freestone, however, with different bugs. Focus on a heavy attractor nymph, i.e. San Juan Worm, Pig Sticker, Crane Fly Larva, etc. And, depending on your rigging (Western or Czech), combine a previously mentioned attractor nymph with a bright (orange/ red/ chartreuse) Midge Larva, Caddis Larva or BWO Nymph. When fish key to a hatch, anglers will need to focus on very long leaders and small tippet, especially on the bigger fish. Of course, emergers in the subsurface film will also be productive during hatches.