Flows have now dropped into the low flow range that we typically see begin around the middle of Fall and last through Winter. With cooler air temps, vegetation is beginning to die off in the lake along with turnover, and we're seeing worse clarity in the river (about a foot). Fishing has been more challenging at these lower flows, however our guides are still finding some nice fish. Overall, productivity has been better on the Arkansas Freestone in Bighorn Canyon...
BWO, Trico and Caddis activity has been strong. Typically you'll find more Caddis Egglayer and Trico Spinnerfall activity in the mornings and evenings with low light conditions. On overcast days, the BWO hatch activity can be very strong. Overall fishing has been very fair, but stay tuned for any changes with the lower flows.
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Above Pueblo Flowrate: 85 cfs ~ Approx 100cfs below the hatchery
Clarity: 12-14" (Lake Turnover)
We have continued to see strong BWO, Caddis, Trico and Midge hatch activity, and those bugs will always be producers. During "Fall Primetime," however we have really began to see fish key on Pseudo Baetis and Red Bodied Attractors both in the substrate and on the surface...in addition to your staples. As with any watershed, look for your heavy hatches before switching to dries...deep nymphing will be your best producer throughout the day.