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Arkansas River Pueblo Fishing Report | January 6, 2013

Arkansas River Pueblo Fly Fishing Report
Date: January 6, 2013
Arkansas River Pueblo Flow: 62 CFS
Arkansas River Pueblo: #17-21 Pueblo Emerger, #18-24 Black Beauty, #18-22 Rojo Midge, #20-22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Jujubee Midge, #20-24 Miracle Nymph, #20-24Olive CDC Rs2, 6MM Glow Roe, Mottled Dark Roe, Natural Roe, Peach Pearl Troutbeads

Araknsas River Pueblo Winter

Fly Fishing Arkansas River WinterThe Arkansas River in Pueblo finally has some decent water flowing in it.  The flow has jumped from 40CFS up to 62CFS this eek.  It may not seem like much, but it is!  With the flow at 40CFS, the fishing has been a little slow.  Clear water, low flows, lack of hatches and heavy pressure have made fishing more difficult this year.  The fish are still there, but not as active as the past years.  Today, the parking lot was packed!  We counted almost three dozen cars in the lot, and that is by far the most I have ever seen parked at one time.  Higher flows will definitely help the river out.  This would spread the fish out and give anglers more room to spread out.  Hopefully we can see more water in 2013!

Pueblo Fly Fishing TroutThe typical bugs are still working.  Troutbeads continue to catch some of the larger fish and are the most productive in the morning.  As the day progresses, the fish begin to key more into bugs.  The BWO hatch has been weak this year, and it appears to be all over until things warm up again in the spring.  Tiny midges and BWO nymph are taking most of the fish later in the day.  The natural midges are tiny, they must be a mix of #28-32’s!  Most of the flies we are using are around a #22.  Any smaller and hooks bend out and fish will be lost.  Be prepared to see other anglers, be courteous and give each other as much room as possible.  Be willing to move, cover water and don’t be afraid to leave a hole and come back to it later in the day.

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5 Responses to Arkansas River Pueblo Fishing Report | January 6, 2013

  1. I haven’t ever tried the ark below pueblo, where is a good place to go? Also when your rod gets covered with ice while fishing, does this damage the structural integrity of the rod?

    • It is a great place. There are roughly 3-4 mile of prime water right below the dam. Thatcher road is a great place to access. Ice will not damage the rod at all. Just be careful breaking it out of the guides.

  2. I was down there the weekend before this posting. I think we got up to 40 degrees that day but, and I’m sure you noticed, there were some fish rising. I was able to get a few on size 20-22 Griffiths Gnats. Fun times!

  3. that parking lot looks like a good place to steal me some radios! maybe a banjo in the back seat or something. I’ve found that if grown men are crazy enough to fish #20 flies in the middle of winter, they probably aren’t paying attention to their vehicles. Easy pickins.

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