Flows have dropped but heavy release could occur again with warmer weather approaching.
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Above Pueblo Flowrate: 631 CFS
Clarity: Clear to Slightly Turbid
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.