Ok, my 6wt zenith is here! Lined up and ready to go!
Now the question, where should I go? I've got the 23-29th off. I'm thinking Cheeseman, Dream Stream or Stage Coach, but I'm not very familiar with the Colorado Tailwaters. I fished a lot of the blue, big T and boulder creek this last year, and am starting off 2012 by broadening my horizons, it's a learning year. I've also thought about the Ark in pueblo, the fork and the Colorado. All insight welcome.
I read that around Pueblo has been good for big browns. Last time I was on the Arkansas during winter it was beautiful and ice free.
I was on the Roaring fork for about 2 hours about a week ago. Fish were active, but I could not get beneath the slush. I hear there is less slush after 11am or so. Lots of big bows in Glenwood, and you could fish the Colorado in the same day.
Not for streamers, but your 6wt would be a blast at the Frying pan tailwater. Get that new rod bent in a big way!
I lived in CO. Springs and have had my sister living there for 23 years. My residency was short but I was there almost every year during the winter - early spring. The Arkansas was a favorite destination for me whether way up or down below Pueblo Dam. Never rule out the little BWO below the dam.
The ark in pueblo. East of pueblo blvd, will get you into some bigger browns and some warmwater species, great to fling a streamer at.
Blue river in Silverthorne, 3:00 PM - Midnight. Plenty of light around town and some big browns in there will chase your streamers all night long.
Frying Pan, again, fish 6:30 am - 8:00 and 3:00 - Dusk, toilet bowl and the flats. LOTS of browns that get very active around sunrise and sunset.
Since you will probably want to fish all day anyways, bring along an assortment of nymphs and midges too. A 6 wt is a great stick to handle the bigger fish of the Blue and the Pan. It'll also do fine down in Pueblo.
Don't think if a 6 wt as a streamer only rod...it's a very versatile rod with more backbone to handle bigger fish and heavier flies, but you can nymph just fine with it as well. I prefer a lighter rod with a very soft action for dries, but it's getting later and colder into the winter season and you won't see a lot of dry action anymore anyways.
If you have other questions, don't hesitate to ask! I just got back from the pan so there's lots of details in there right now that is current.