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River: Arkansas River Below Pueblo Reservoir

Streamers in the winter time

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 12/30/2019 3:33:34 PM     Points: 3124    
Hey everyone,

Was doing some research on tactics for fly fishing in the winter, and one that I noticed was the idea of not stripping streamers, but just dead drifting smaller streamers. Curious if anyone has tried this out, I'm specifically hoping to try it later next month down in Pueblo, especially after how lethargic the fish seemed to be up in Deckers last week unfortunately.
 Reply by: Mr. Fly Fisherman      Posted: 12/30/2019 5:44:03 PM     Points: 157    
The best advice I can give you is fly fishing is all about trying things and finding out what works and what doesn’t on that given day. Gotta keep making adjustments. I’ve had success stripping streamers in the winter, but the best tactic I’ve used is using a small leech pattern as a point fly and then have small BWOs and midges trailing it. Use it just like any other nymph rig. The leech is just to catch the eye of the fish, so nine times out of ten you will hook on the fish on the flies trailing it.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 12/30/2019 9:03:24 PM     Points: 1050    
I caught some fish on a streamer last week in a lake. I fished it deep and slowly. When I fish the Arkansas I use small flies or egg patterns.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 12/30/2019 9:04:19 PM     Points: 7681    
I'd try both, relatively easy to do both technique, especially if it's cold!

As we get later into the new year, remember the stoneflies molt in late January to February. Keep na few different yellow stonefly nymphs in yer arsenal, even Prince and Psycho Prince nymphs handy, size 12-size 6
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 12/31/2019 7:55:43 AM     Points: 3124    
Appreciate all the info guys!
 Reply by: troutfinder      Posted: 12/31/2019 8:26:16 AM     Points: 775    
two friends of mine hit the ARk tailwater last winter...can't remember the month but it was one of those 60 degree winter days in pueblo. The river must have been stocked or something as they caught several dozen trout swinging and stripping woolly buggers, but most of them were identical sub-12 inch rainbows
 Reply by: Steelhead      Posted: 12/31/2019 7:27:58 PM     Points: 465    
the ark below plo res is not a typical streamer river in winter but a small streamer dead drifted and let swing in the tailouts will sometimes bring fish to the net. mostly browns at sundown.
going there Wednesday and Thursday. midges in the am and bwos in the afternoon.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 1/3/2020 3:29:09 PM     Points: 3124    
Steelhead, I remember hearing this last year when there was a big bwo hatch that there were a lot of flies hitting dries... that still true? More towards the evening of course.....
 Reply by: i2fly      Posted: 1/4/2020 5:59:49 AM     Points: 2078    
I fished the Arkansas on Tuesday this week. I did ok 5 in the net 4 lost. I did have a break off. To your question... dead drifted streamers do work. Not sure if on Arkansas that tactic is going to be good. Try it and let use know.

The flow on Tuesday was 106cfs water temp was 41. Black CDC wing midge, Roy boy midge, and a BWO dry all took fish. 22-24 are my recommendation. The BWO’s hatch is slowing down. Best months are November and December for this hatch. However we did see a few of them pop 12-2 pm.

 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 1/4/2020 9:31:12 AM     Points: 3124    
Good to know about the BWO hatch slowing down, i2fly.
Ya, I will definitely be heading there later this month and plan to try the dead drift streamer method there, will definitely let y'all know how it works, if at all. Lol
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