Author: New Mexico Outdoor Sports Guide

Rio Costilla Fly Fishing Report 08/25/2000

In early August flows were back up around 100cfs on weekdays and fishing was good with Hopper-dropper combos and Caddis dries later in the day. Low flows were about 40cfs and consequently fishing was better on weekends than in July despite increased fishing pressure. Later in the month high flows were around 60cfs and Caddis patterns produced well all day but better late.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 07/25/2000

On 7/1 and 7/2 we fished the Pinnacles at 100cfs from Platoro. This is about the highest flow you can navigate in the Pinnacles but it also keeps out the less adventurous anglers. The fish in this pocket water stretch don’t rise like they do on the lower river and a dropper is essential. You need a large dry that floats well with Beadhead dropper {Prince-Copper John-Caddis emerger}Best fish was a 19″ Cutbo but the main attraction here are Browns 13-17″ and we got a bunch of those. On 7/12 and 7/13 we had fair days at 80cfs that ended early due to the onslaught of summer afternoon monsoon conditions which muddied up the flow. You need to bring rain gear as you are often quite a distance from shelter. Another must have item is mosquito repellant as the bugs get bad especially on dark days. Later in the month flows were down to 30cfs from Platoro and the best fishing was in the Pinnacles and above. Water temps in the lower river were near 70* on suuny days and fishing was poor. . In the Pinnacles and above water temps got into the high 60*s by mid afternoon and fishing predictably slowed down.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Rio Costilla Fly Fishing Report 07/25/2000

Flows fluctuated wildly between weekdays and weekends and in mid July flows got up to 125cfs on high flow days and down to 10cfs on weekends. The high flow was better fishing Stimulator #12 on the edges, pockets and any slower water. These high flows get the better fish more active and we took some nice fish on high flow days..Best an 18″ Cutbo.. We fished a dropper behind a #12 Stimulator on high days. Weekends were tough as flows were around 10cfs and fishing pressure was intense.. Later in the month flows were around 80cfs during the week and still around 10cfs on weekends. Caddis patterns worked well especially late in the day..PMD patterns worked best on weekends.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 06/25/2000

Flows were 200-400cfs and best fishing was again on the Flywater along Hiway #17 with Stimulator #10 and Geen Drake # 10 dry flies. they hit the dry pretty good in the middle of the day and early and late droppers produced best. On 6/20 the flow was 100cfs from Platoro and fishing the Pinnacles we had a great day { 4 over 17″ and lots of Browns 13-16″}. I lengthened the dropper to 24″ and this seemed to work well.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Cimarron River Fly Fishing Report 06/25/2000

On 6/1 the flow was 56cfs and we did see a few Stoneflies on the Cita { private water in Ute Park} but the fish were more responsive to our droppers fished behind a Stimlator #12. Dropper was a cased caddis pattern #14..This flow would be too high to fish a lot of the Public Water but on the Cita its much more open and meadow-like this level is excellent. By mid June the flow dropped to 30cfs and fishing in the Public Water greatly improved on Stimulator #12.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Red River Fly Fishing Report 05/25/2000

I didn’t fish the Red this month as the fishing on other streams that usually don’t fish this early such as the Rio Grande, Embudo and the Pueblo have been keeping me busy. Th Red is the most consistant stream in my area and this year a lot other opportunities have arisen and the Red almost always fishes well. With the drought I am not optimistic about the later season on the Costlla, Conejos and Cimarron.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report 04/25/2000

First report of Caddis in Pilar on 4/4. Flow was about 200cfs at the State Line which is ideal. The bugs moved upstream faster than in previous years and were all over the Box by 4/9 when I fished in the Wild Rivers area. The flow was 230cfs and not quite clear. We got a few nice Browns to 17″ on a Hares Ear #12 fished as a dropper. The water got murkier late in the day and we picked up a few fish along the edges on dries {Caddis}. In the Box on 4/14 flow was 249cfs and fishing was good from 3pm on dry Caddis #14. Again on 4/21 with the same results…Flows increased after that and ended the spring Caddis event.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 09/25/1999

In early September flows were back up to 160cfs from Platoro and we fished above the Pinnacles at Trail Creek. Wading was tough at this level and we got most of our fish along the edges on D&D {Moth-Prince}. On 9/16 we fished the Hamilton lease at 160cfs. We got some nice fish from the middle channel which holds fish at this flow. We took fish thruout up to where the South Fork enters the Conejos but the top section was unwadeable as was the Pinnacles. On 9/30 we fished at Trail Creek at 54 cfs and it was great at this flow. We got some nice fish to 17″ on Prince droppers.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 08/25/1999

By early August flows from Platoro had dropped to 40-60cfs and the Pinnacles were wadeable for the first time this season. Fishing was good with Caddis or Hoppers on top with a Beadhead dropper {Prince-Copper John #14}. Lots of Browns 13-17″ with an occasional Cutbo to 20″. On 8/4 and 8/16 we fished the Hamilton lease and on the 14th it was slow and we didn’t get a lot of fish but some nice ones. On 8/16 we got over 75 fish thru the lease, mostly Browns and none over 17″. Patterns used were Hoppers. Moths and Caddis with the usual droppers { Caddis emerger-Prince or Copper Johns #14}. Fishing was great in the Pinnacles and above thru the month.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Rio Costilla Fly Fishing Report 08/25/1999

Because of easy access the Costlla gets lots of fishing pressure and by August the fish get picky. They tended to be wary of the large Stonefly patterns they saw so much of in July and tended to go for smaller bugs. PMD patterns {small yellow Mayfly #16} worked well over fussy fish and this hatch comes off in mid-morning. This is a good pattern to use for rising fish and others that have refused other offerings. There were lots of Hoppers around in the meadow sections and we fished Hopper-Dropper combos with good success this month..Later in the day Caddis dry also produced well. There is very little shade in this mostly meadow area and staying late to take advantage of low light conditions is a good idea. Flows were 60-80cfs Mon.-Thurs. but on weekends it dropped to 20cfs and with the weekend pressure fishing was tough.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Conejos River Fly Fishing Report 07/25/1999

Flows got into a more manageable range {200-400cfs the first reading is from Platoro and the second the flow in Mogote by Broyles Bridge}. The lower river along Hiway #17 was still the place to be with Stimulator # 10 and Green Drake #10 dry flies and Caddis beadhead dropper. By the middle of July flows from Platoro were aroun 180cfs and I fished the Hamilton lease { Private water just below the Pinnacles}and we got some nice fish to 18″ on D&D combos { Stimulator #10 with a #14 Prince dropper}. Wading was tough and the top end of the lease was unwadeable as most of the upper river is at this flow. On 7/27 we fished the lease again at 220cfs and took a bunch of Browns 13-17″ and one 18″ and another 20″er. It slowed down in the mid afternoon and we got the better fish later in the day. The upper section was still not wadeable.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Cimarron River Fly Fishing Report 07/25/1999

Flows were around 10cfs for most of the month and water temps got up to 70* on sunny days which made for tough fishing. In July the fish switch their attention to Caddis and fishing a dry Caddis early and late when temps were better produced the best results.. Fishing was poor in July with low flows, high temps and lots of pressure.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Rio Costilla Fly Fishing Report 07/25/1999

The first half of July was excellent with Stonefly patterns {Stimulator #12}and on low flow days {Fri-Sun.} a dry only worked well and on high flow days {Mon.-Thurs.} we added a dropper {Caddis Larva or Pheasant Tail #16}. Later in July Caddis became the dominant bug especially later in the day. Flows were around 80cfs on high days and 40cfs on low weekends.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Cimarron River Fly Fishing Report 06/25/1999

On the 1st we spotted the first adult Stoneflies in the lower reaches of the Public water. The Stonefly hatch begins in early June and Stimulator #12-14 are the only flies we needed all month. On the 1st the flow was 1cfs from Eagle Nest but with the addition of the water from tributaries in the canyon the lower end of the Public Water and the Philmont, had a flow of 30cfs and fishing was great. Lots of top water action all month. We fished the Philmont on 6/18 & 6/19 and clients each had 75 fish each on both those days.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report 04/25/1999

On 4/7 the first bugs were spotted in the Pilar area. On 4/9 I fished in Pilar and got a few fish to 15″ but the fish weren’t really on the Caddis yet. I fished alone on 4/12 at John Dunn Bridge in Arroyo Hondo and the fish were a bit more responsive. I fished with a dropper until the sun got off the water and with a dry only after that. I’ve been fishing a TRUDE pattern to help me tell my fly from the zillion others on the water..The last 2 weeks of April were very good in the Box and I was there almost every day either guiding or fishing solo. We didn’t need droppers on most days and fishing was excellent. On 5/3 a late spring storm came thru and killed most of the bugs and muddied up the water.. Over til Fall.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Red River Fly Fishing Report 03/15/1999

Weather continued mild and dry.Lots of bugs: Caddis, Stones and Mayflies with the top water action getting better with rising water temps getting into the mid 50*s. Fishing was excellent most days for resident browns [12-14″]. March is one of the best months on the Red especially during this drought cycle we have been in for the past few years and will continue until runoff which I don’t think we will see this year. Patterns are the same as February with more emphasis on the Caddis. On 3/20 I was with a client and we had 2 kayakers come downstream on us and after they passed the action ceased..I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Red River Fly Fishing Report 02/15/1999

Continued warm, dry weather and the January pattern continued for the first half of the month. In mid February we saw the first caddis flies and dry fly action picked up on Elk Hair Caddis and Lil Brown Stone. We had good action fishing a dropper about 14″ behind a dry…Best droppers were Caddis larva [green]#14 and Peaking Caddis #12 or a grey Mayfly emerger [Pheasant Tail #14].

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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Red River Fly Fishing Report 01/15/1999

Very little snow so far this winter with cold nights [0* 10*] and warm days [40*s]Some Cutbos spawning and the only bugs are the tan/grey #14 Mayfly that comes off most days in the early afternoon especially on warm days. No need to get on the stream until noon. Some dry fly action on Para-Adams #14. I don’t use egg patterns but others have success for the spawning Cutbos on redds fished with weight and an indicator.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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