Fly Fishing in Pueblo, CO

Running through Downtown Pueblo, the Arkansas River is popular with urban fly anglers.

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On Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 16:21

The tail waters of the Pueblo Reservoir are some of the most popular destinations for fly fishing in southeastern Colorado. Anglers find the stretch between the reservoir and Pueblo Boulevard to be urban fishing at its best.

Gold Medal Waters and Hot Spot Designations

The Colorado Division of Wildlife designated this section of the Arkansas River as Gold Medal Waters, indicating great potential for trophy trout fishing. The division also lists the area as a Hot Spot, citing the mild winter climate and consistent flows out of the Pueblo Dam. The area is stocked with brown and rainbow trout ranging in size from 10-16 inches. With catch-and-release commonplace, it is not unusual for the trout to grow to 18-22 inches or more.

Year-Round Fishing

In the heart of Pueblo, you can catch big rainbows throughout the year. Wintertime temperatures range between 10 and 20 degrees warmer than any other location in the state. The blue-winged olive hatch begins in the fall and continues well into December. Waters are easily accessible from the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo or from Highway 96 at Valco Ponds.

Variety of Species

When temperatures warm up and catching stresses trout, the Reservoir has high rates for alternative catches such as largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleye and even large schools of 1- to 10-pound wipers. Mornings and evenings are the best time of day to fish for trout in the tail waters. Spotlight emergers and midge flies are recommended as “must-haves.” Up-to-date fishing reports are available on local fly fishing outfitters’ websites.

Local Guide

New to fly angling or new to the area? Steel City Anglers guide service has adventure packages designed to help the beginner “share our enthusiasm” for fly fishing. The Pueblo-based outfit has guided in Pueblo more than all other Colorado shops combined.

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