Fishing Conditions: EXCELLENT

Report Rating: EXCELLENT
Crowd Rating: Very Crowded
Very Crowded

Fly Fishing Report Date:

Sunday, Mar 5, 2017

Weather & Water Conditions

Weather Water
Temp: 60+ Temp: 40-43
Sky: Overcast Flow: 92
Wind: None Clarity: Crystal Clear
Precip: None Runoff: No 

Colorado Stream Update: There are a lot of spawning beds (Redds) on the Arkansas Tail Water right so please do not fish to those spawning trout.

Current Conditions at Arkansas:

The Arkansas Tail Water in Pueblo was on fire today! This is primarily a Rainbow fishery and as it is right now, the 'Bows are already in spawning mode. Redds, or spawning beds, are all over the river so please do not step on any of them or fish to any trout that are over/near them. A Redd can be spotted because it is a clear gravel patch that looks like a someone went through with a broom to the river bed and cleared it of all debris. Black Pheasant Tails, Mercury RSIIs, and purple JuJu Baetis all are the best Mayfly patterns to use right now. Even with the warmer water of late, trout are still in winter holding water so target deep, slow moving water.

The fishing is fantastic.  Overcast skies and 60+ degree weather. The water temperature was between 40-43 degrees and Crystal Clear.

Likely Catch

Species: Rainbow
Weight: 5 lbs 5 oz
Length: 19 inches
Girth: 9 inches
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female
Rainbow Trout Female Rainbow Trout Female

Current Insect Hatches at Arkansas

Insect Type: Mayfly

Insect: Blue Winged Olive

Color: Brown Olive

Size: 22

Time:

Recommended Flies for Arkansas

Fly: Pheasant Tail
Color: Black
Size: 22
Time: 
Pheasant Tail Pheasant Tail
Fly: Egg
Color: Peach
Size: 20
Time: 
Egg Egg
Fly: Sparkle Wing Rs2
Color: Gray
Size: 22
Time: 
Sparkle Wing Rs2 Sparkle Wing Rs2

Colorado Hatch Conditions for Late April

Caddisflies

Insects: American Grannom
Color: Bright Green to Greenish Brown
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: Early Morning & Afternoon
Size: 10-14
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Little Tan Short Horn Sedge
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow
Dates: Mar 1 – Aug 30
Emergence: Sporadic
Size: 14-16
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Mayflies

Insects: Blue Winged Olive
Color: Light Olive Brown to Brown Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Clouds & warmest part of day
Size: 16-18
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Western Black Quill
Color: Purplish Black to Grayish Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Jun 30
Emergence: Mid Morning
Size: 14-12
Spinner Fall: Evening
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Midges

Insects: Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Apr 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 18-20
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Chocolate Brown Midge
Color: Brown to Chocolate
Dates: Feb 15 – Dec 15
Emergence: All Day
Size: 20-22
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Micro Black Midge
Color: Blackish to Black
Dates: Mar 1 – Nov 15
Emergence: Morning
Size: 22-26
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Snow Midge
Color: Gray to Charcoal
Dates: Jan 1 – Dec 31
Emergence: Warmest part of day
Size: 24-28
Spinner Fall: 2-3 Hours
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 

Stoneflies

Insects: Micro Black
Color: Dark Brown to Black
Dates: Jan 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-44° Water Temps Heat of Day
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Skwala Stone
Color: Dark Brown to Yellow Olive
Dates: Mar 1 – May 15
Emergence: 38-47° Water Temps, Late afternoon and evening. Riffles and bankwater near foliage.
Size: 6-12
Spinner Fall:
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 
Insects: Winter Black
Color: Black Brown to Reddish Olive, Mottled Brown
Dates: Apr 1 – Aug 15
Emergence: Cold Mountain Streams and Small Ponds
Size: 18-22
Spinner Fall: NA
Illustrations © The Flyfisher Group 


Weather for Arkansas

Current: 47 °F Clear Wind: 4 MPH E
Current Condtions

Clear

Temperature: 47 °F
Humidity: 43%
Wind: 4 mph E
Pressure: 14.58 psi
Cloud Cover: 0%
Monday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 58 °F  <br/>Low: 36 °F <br/> Wind: 14 mph WSW
Sunny
High: 58 °F
Low: 36 °F
Wind: 14 mph WSW
Tuesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Patchy light snow<br/> High: 47 °F  <br/>Low: 27 °F <br/> Wind: 9 mph WNW
Patchy light snow
High: 47 °F
Low: 27 °F
Wind: 9 mph WNW
Wednesday's Forecast
weather forecast: Sunny<br/> High: 50 °F  <br/>Low: 29 °F <br/> Wind: 10 mph W
Sunny
High: 50 °F
Low: 29 °F
Wind: 10 mph W