River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 220 cfs
River Statistics:
Current:   220 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   174 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   178 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   191 cfs
Gage Height:   5.97 ft

Current:   1030 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   1040 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   1030 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   1240 cfs
Gage Height:   9.91 ft

Current:   1200 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   1230 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   1260 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   1230 cfs
Gage Height:   3.99 ft

Winter has found its way to the Ark, although unseasonably warm temps around our state have still been in the cards. As the upper basin starts to freeze the middle basin can be hit or miss throughout the winter and the tailwater section below Pueblo Reservoir really turns on. Gentlemen's hours are your best bet right now in the winter, between 11am-3pm. A two fly nymph rig will go a long way. Deeper holes will hold more fish, but there have been some dry fly sippers keying in on midges and small mayflies in the slicks. Midges in the morning with BWOs floating around late morning and coming off more and more as the day warms up. Midges, BWO's, streamers, eggs, worms, and annelids remain staples in the middle basin. Fish will be holding in their winter lies as well as anywhere there is relief from the current. Finding the right depth is key. A short leash nymph rig with two flies and either 1 BB or some nymphing mud will suffice. Usually 10-20 degrees warmer in Pueblo, you'll see BWO hatches coming off even here even in the dead of winter, along with midges, scuds, worms and eggs also doing their part. Dry flies are certainly an option if you venture down to Pueblo -- smaller para adams, para extended body BWO, sparkle duns, cripples and emergers. Fish will definitely move into the riffles as the day warms up to find meals in the faster-moving current.

Report Updated On: 01/07/2018
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