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 morning 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! Do keep in mind that the state is working on the pipeline project to Colorado Springs, which could affect water quality in the future. To this point, the project has not been a disturbance and has been relatively contained, however sometime in February or March we may see some off color water. 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!
Above Pueblo Flowrate: 54 CFS
Conditions are great on the tailwater, while flows are still relativley low at the 70-100 cfs mark, this is a typical winter flow. Expect clarity and flow to be stable through February...
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.