Fishing Report For the Arkansas Tailwater


Arkansas Tailwater Pueblo Fishing Report 


Arkansas River Fly Fishing Festival at Royal Gorge Anglers 


February 12th, 2018


Arkansas Tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir


General Overview

BOR has reduced flows dramatically due to decreased release on tributaries on the Freestone section...all due to poor snowpack at the headwater. We expect for things to maintain at this level unless we see a dramatic increase in snowpack. While flowrate in the 50cfs range is not optimal, you of course can still find fishing to be very productive based on bug activity. What you will see is fish tucked very tightly on heavy structure due to the low flows. 

Work on the coffer dam at the hydro project has been completed, so we shouldn't have any further compromised clarity from that project like we did in the Fall.

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 a day with one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides. 


Stream Conditions

Above Pueblo Flowrate: 51.5 CFS

Clarity: Clear 

 Clarity has been excellent. Flows will remain low in an effort to preserve storage due to very low snowpack on the drainage.


Suggested Methods

 Flows are now in the Winter Flow Management program window, and you will find that fish have tucked in closer to structure. However, during hatches fish will slide up into feeding lanes and riffles. We've seen a fair amount of hatch activity, but nymphing will be your standby method. Our guides have done well focusing on Caddis, Baetis, and Midge lifecycle along with a handful of trusty attractor nymphs (pig sticker, egg pattern, psycho prince, hares ear). We have seen some strong BWO and Midge surface activity as well, so make sure you're prepared with dries. 


Arkansas Tailwater Fly Fishing Guide