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River: Arkansas River Below Pueblo Reservoir
Fish: Rainbow Trout

Tons of stockers

Post By: xavierk31      Posted: 1/27/2020 10:37:49 AM     Points: 1326    
Went down to Pueblo this last Friday, the 24th... CPW had just stocked the river earlier that week. Tons of 10" rainbows between the two bridges in the river, and they were almost ALL feeding on the surface. However, for the life of me I couldn't get anything to hook up on a dry fly, tried a Griffith's gnat, 20 parachute adams, klinkhammer adams, purple adams…. only thing that got any response was my purple adams… I had one refusal, and one other trout that just came up and looked at it. Also tried drifting a smaller zebra midge pattern, and that got no response from the stockies.
Only fish I was able to connect on were on a small olive leech pattern, and a gray leech pattern, I believe they were a size 10 or 12, just was swinging it across the current, and drifting it, got hits on both.
Other anglers fishing the next pool said they had success on small leech patterns as well.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 27, 12:09:56 PM     Points: 8070    
Your going to have to learn how to tie a Trout chow fly . . . . .fresh from the hatchery Trout don't know about real food yet.I've fooled them by throwing a hand full of small gravel around my bait to imimtatet the sound of trout chow being thrown in the water.
 Reply by: jnbfishn4fun      Posted: Feb. 26, 8:22:03 AM     Points: 180    
Punch, first Im not a fly snob. 2nd, that was a horrible post. Eventho the stockers aren't adjusted to "real" conditions I would still try and fool them with a more "natural" fly. Just sayin
 Reply by: Walleye Guy      Posted: Feb. 26, 8:33:57 AM     Points: 121    
My wife and I were fishing a couple of years ago just a few days after the river was stocked (I had no knowledge of this prior or fishing that day), we were catching a few here and there, a normal day. My wife found herself at a bridge pool when it started raining a bit, the rain evidently looked to the trout like pellets at the hatchery hitting the water thus stimulating a feeding frenzy. She caught fish on literally every cast till the rain stopped. I theorized that the state had put the fish in at the bridge and they had not dispersed as of yet.

I've never told her my theory of that moment, I let her think that her fishing skill did the trick.

WG