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Fly fishing on the lower river, below Pueblo dam is great all winter! Look for midge hatches in the mid morning - sized 22-26. The area just below the dam receives heavy pressure, but the further downstream you go, the better. A 50 fish day is common.

I used a CDC midge and a peacock midge nymph yesterday and pulled some quality fish. Most were about 12-14 inches, but also pulled one 16 inch rainbow that was full of spawn. Twenty fish in a couple of hours, and home before the Carolina/Bears game!
 

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You ever catch in big browns there? I've been wondering since they habitat construction there, they made some great pockets that I think the browns would just sit and wait in. But all I catch is those stocker rainbows in the 10-14 inch catagory.
 

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ePic-I've caught some real nice walleye right at the spillway. You lose alot of lures but their in there. Theres also supposed to be smallmouth in that river but I've never caught one or heard of one being caught. This, of course doesn't answer your question about browns. ::)
 

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kirbydog,

What's the best access to the river away from the dam? I know how to get to the zoo and have run the Rock Canyon 1/2 marathon which goes alongside the river - it looked great - but have never fished it. I should have gone down there today as I'm off. :-\
 

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kirbydog,

What's the best access to the river away from the dam? I know how to get to the zoo and have run the Rock Canyon 1/2 marathon which goes alongside the river - it looked great - but have never fished it. I should have gone down there today as I'm off. :-\
Valco Ponds has a nice parking are and its far enough away from the crazy combat casting you have to do at the spillway.

Kirby I've heard people tell me there were smallies in there too, I have yet to hook into one. When I lived in Pueblo I spent alot of time bouncing some jigs of that one big rockface and never hooked into one. I think you must be the walleye master, I have yet to catch a walleye in this state... I guess I'm goin have to buy a boat. >:D
 

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There's good access at the Osprey picnic area, located east of the waterslide. You can also get access at the Nature Center on 11th St. and Pueblo Blvd.

Yes, there are some big browns in the river still, but they're hard to catch. I caught and released one about 3 lbs last fall near Valco.

There are also some big large mouth in the river, but I've never caught one. I've never caught any smallies in there either, but have heard of bait fishermen catching a few.
 

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if you put a canoe in at valco how far down could you float and fish with out going thru rough water?
 

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if you put a canoe in at valco how far down could you float and fish with out going thru rough water?
John Martin Reservior? :p
 

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there are falls by city park. they are pretty big so you would have to put out there and then you could float quite a ways form there ;D
 

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how far down stream is city park from valco ponds and how long a portage would it be?and is there public access to the shore were the portage would be?
 

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From Valco, City Park is about 3 river miles. The falls are going to be just east of Pueblo Blvd and you can portage around them, but I think the better fishing will be upstream of the falls.
 

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For today, Jan 20 - I hit the river this afternoon. We had a big snow storm last night and once it moved out, bluebird skies prevailed. By noon, the temps had risen into the upper 30s with no wind, so I had to give it a try!

I fished the area around Valco ponds. There was a good midge hatch going and I caught several fish in the 13-15 inch range (all 'bows) on a shuckin' midge fished below an adult CDC midge. Both flies were sized 20.

The bigger fish are harder to catch and they will get put down as soon as one is hooked. I fished one place for about 3 hours and caught 4 nice trout, but had to wait about 10 minutes between fish to start seeing rises again.

If you hit the river on a clear day, you'll definitely want to throw midges, midge cripples, and midge nymphs. Most naturals are in the size 22-26 range. Disco midges or shuckin midges in olive or black should work well on a dropper.
 
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