Month: July 2003

Cimarron River Fly Fishing Report 07/25/2003

I didn’t fish here in the first half of the month as flows were low {10cfs} and temps high {high 60*s}. In the last week of July flows were up to 35cfs and fishing improved on Caddis patterns with a cased Caddis dropper. We started using a longer dropper {24″} and that seemed to work well in the afternoon. We got some welcome clouds and rain in the last week of the month also.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 07/25/2003

On 7/4 we had a great day on the Hamilton Lease at 140cfs. Wading was tough but we got some nice fish as the Drake hatch started about 10am and seemed to go on all day. We didn’t use a dropper all day and the fish were real busy on top to those big dries {Gr. Drake #10}. On 7/18 we fished the Pinnacles at 110cfs and it was just manageable as to wading and we got some nice fish {mostly Browns} on on Caddis #12 with a Copper John dropper #14.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 07/21/2003

Fished Conejos area 7/18-7/21/03. Day 1: Conejos river below menkhaven & @ south fork, caught several small browns and 1 cutthroat on EHC, stimulators, and prince nymphs. Fishing slow, water temps getting pretty high, better near south fork than down low. Day 2: Elk Creek (1st and 2nd Meadows). Fishing was tough due to low, crystal clear water. Fish could see you coming a mile away. Hands and Knees in the grass, I was able to get a couple of decent browns on EHC, and small Adams dry flies. It was very cloudy and light rain, the meadows were an amazing sight in this sort of weather…truly breathtaking. Day 3: High Mountain lake, (10,130′ elevation)..I’m keeping the name of the lake to myself…Fishing was EXCELLENT for 11-13″ brookies on bobbers and flies using spin tackle. The fish had amazing colors and hooked lower jaws that stuck out past their upper jaws. The last fish of the night was a 14″ Cutthroat, beautiful and golden, with sparse spots near the tail. ALL IN ALL, A GRAND SLAM, between the 3 fishing locales we caught all 4 species of trout in 1 weekend…another awesome weekend in conejos country.

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 07/16/2003

First day with clear water after the spring runoff first of July Arrived in the early morning below Hwy 17 and the bridge over Conejos 8 am. I say early because the sun does not hit the water till 9am due to the mountains overhead. On first inspection of the water there were no rises occurring, but did notice some browns taking nymphs just below the surface. I inspected the trees and found a good hatch of stone flies hanging around. And a huge population of mosquitoes began forming on the river edge. So, I started with a prince nymph and caught a couple of nice 14 inch browns. By 9:30 small groups of Spinners were overhead and began to see an occasional boil. By 10 am we had huge Stone flies touching the surface. An incredible hatch over 20 fish caught from 12 to 20 inches. I lost so many huge pigs, that I had to redo my tippet 3 times. I Lost 5 flies to some of the bigger fish. By 12:15 the Stones cleared and took an occasional fish on a 16 Blue Dun. The river became very quiet by 1pm. Needless to say I had a soar arm and a depleted fly box. In all, flies with Light grey pattern, medium hackle, and size 16 to 14 did best. Over the next 2 weeks I did well but not as well as that day. Look for the end of the runoff and give the water a few days to clear. Then watch for the big Stone hatch around the first of July.

More Conejos river experiences to come.

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