January 18th, 2018
Flow: 72 cfs (including hatchery outflow of 33cfs)
Water Temp: 39F from the dam
Water Clarity: Good, about 3 feet
The Tailwater is experiencing better than average fishing despite lower than normal flows and annual low water temperatures. This isn’t to say that hooking up with the larger trout that reside in the tailwater is easy right now. But we are seeing strong midge hatches starting between 11am and noon, and lasting for 2 or 3 hours. This is your best window of opportunity to find fish actively feeding the main current. Before and after the hatch it’s still important to pick apart areas with little current, where fish can pass time while expending very little energy. Tiny midge patterns in size 22 – 24 are producing best. We have a few specific patterns at the shop that fish seem to be really keyed in on. Swing be the shop on the way to the river and we will be happy to point them out to you. Light tippet has also been necessary, especially when skies are clear and the sun is still relatively high in the sky. 6X flouro is fine subsurface but 7x tippet is best for fishing tiny dry flies if you are so inclined.
If you are looking for a guide to help you explore this unique, urban fishery, The Drift has the most experienced and knowledgeable fly fishing guides on the Pueblo Tailwater. We are always happy to answer your questions and assist in arranging a trip that is sure to exceed your expectations. Thanks for checking in and as always “Tight Lines!”
ARKANSAS RIVER – CANON CITY TO BUENA VISTA
Flow: 240 cfs at Wellsville
Water Temp: 33 – 36F
Clarity: Good above Wellsville
Hatches: Sporadic Midge
With the colder weather we’ve had recently the upper Arkansas River is experiencing quite a bit of ice flow throughout the day. Water temperatures are staying in the 30’s throughout the day and edge ice is quickly building in areas with limited sun exposure. Fish will generally be most active mid day, from around 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. It’s mostly small midge that will be hatching from now until spring.
Fish tend to congregate in the deep, slow pools to conserve energy through winter. Once you find one of these “winter lies” and dial in your depth and fly offering, you can have very good action around mid-day, assuming there isn’t too much ice flow.
Current Flow for the Arkansas River Tailwater in Pueblo
Current Flow for the Arkansas River near Wellsville
Flow Charts are courtesy of the Colorado Division of Water Resources http://www.dwr.state.co.us/