Fishing Season: Year Around

Arkansas River Tailwater - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Royal Gorge Anglers's Tip of the Week

Its been a bit slower on the tailwater the last week or so which likely has to do with pressure...however, there has been less midge hatch activity. BWO activity will continue to march on through the winter, along with consistent Midge and Trico actviity.

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Map of Arkansas River Tailwater

Water Flow Data

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Angler's Covey

5-Day Outlook as of 2/22/24

Full lifecycle of the BWO, and Midge will be key right now. Fish have also been on a slowly stripped or dead drifted leech. Pretty basic right now, hardest part will be finding water to fish...very busy!

Techniques & Tips as of 2/22/24

Tactical rigs with quick drop presentations. Get down in a hurry to take advantage of indicator or tight line nymphing. Dry fly fishing can be productive in the early mornings.

Local Species Available Year Around

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    Rainbow Trout; Brown Trout

Royal Gorge Anglers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
RS2 black 20,22
Sparkle Dun black 22
Bead Head Brassie™ natural 20
Griffith's Gnat Peacock 22
Bead Head Emerging Sparkle Caddis Pupa olive 16
Slim Shady PMD PMD 18
Rojo Midge Red 22
Sparkle Dun Grey 24
Micro Leech Black 16
Trico Spinner Black 22


A must have emerger fly pattern for any trout fisherman.

Royal Gorge Anglers's Recommended Gear

Description: About Arkansas River Tailwater

The Pueblo Tailwater has grown to be one of the more productive fisheries on the Front Range of Colorado. One of the major attributes that attracts anglers to this section of water is the winter fishery. Anglers can expect more temperate weather and more productive flows in the winter than most tail waters in the state. This fishery produces some excellent size ranges of both Rainbow and Brown Trout, with solid hatches year around. A new Catch and Release section has been placed from Valco Ponds to the Nature Center.

Nearest Airport:



Tricos, Midges, BWOs

Best Time to Fish:

10AM to 3PM

Best Stretch:

Quality water from Dam to Nature Center

Best Access:

CO Rd 96