Author: Will Rice
"Thanks for inviting me out today gents, I'm pumped to fish some new water," I said as we began pulling piles of gear out of the car not far from the banks of the Arkansas River. Working in a shop, I get a lot of invitations to fish from clients but I rarely get to take people up on their offers. When I received the email from a couple of guys I had met at a Denver Trout Unlimited member meeting a few years ago, I decided to make it happen.
With the weather in the Front Range in full-on winter mode, we decided it was probably best to hit a tailwater within ~2 hours of Denver. With parameters like that, we had our choice of options – the Blue River near Silverthorne or the South Platte River near Deckers or Cheesman Canyon, just to name a few. Based on reports from anglers who had fished the water recently, we decided to try our luck on the Arkansas River near Pueblo.