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8/15/15 We have had a nice summer with good stream flows and the river fishing well. We have continued to fish from the confluent with the South Fork of the Conejos to the Platoro reservoir. Hoppers, wire worms small red and brown annelids, baettis nymphs, RS2 patterns and midges. The release from Platoro is at 135 cfs this morning. We had a several great trips this week on the upper tributaries. Mostly on dry flies and dry dropper rigs. 

I want to thank all the people that have taken guides this month and enccourage anyone that is thinking about heading over to the Conejos to give us a call and setup a guided trip to help make you time more productive. We will also be running some specials in the store for those using our guide service so check with me before you come to see what we can do to save you some money on some new packs, bags, waders, boots and everything else we have in stock.

We have kept Randy,KK,Tom and Scott busy this summer but have several open dates in September and October so give us a call and book a trip or reserve a cabin. It should be a great fall season on the Conejos.

 

Thanks

Pat

 

7/31/2015 The river above the South Fork has been fishing well. The meadow below Platora yesterday on fire with Drakes, Adams superflys and BWO patterns from mid morning until mid afternoon. The pocket water has been mostly dries as well. If you want to catch fish on the surface I'd come up. 

We have several open dates for cabins and guide over the next couple weeks so give us a call and we can help you get setup.

 

Pat

 

 7/18/2015  The Drakes,PMD's are hatching.  Mayflies are still out.  Fishing has been strong all week on the Conejos and the tributaries.  Flows are lower.  

 

 

7/2/2015 The Conejos has turned buggy! We have seen lots of mayflies and fish eating them in the morning the last week. WE should start to see some drakes any day now.

Pat

 

6/21/15 The water level in the rivers here are slowly coming down. We have been out on the Conejos up below Platoro almost daily for the last few weeks and the fishing has been very good. The last few days we have been fishing red and natural squirmy worm, red wire worms, BWO nymphs and emergers. Down river towards the fly water the fish are eating golden stone, baetis and caddis nymphs.  I know the higher water levels have many of you worried about the fishing but it has been good. Please give us a call at the shop if we can help with a cabin or set you up with a guide.

 

Pat

 

6/15/2015  We continue to have good fishing conditions here from Mogote to Platoro. The river flow has come down to around 800 cfs at Mogote Campground and is clearing. We are seeing some fish looking up and taking some big stone pat5terns on the surface. This should continue to get better this week as the hatch moves up into the fly only water. Most fish being taken on golden stone nymphs, baetis nymphs and worm patterns. We have several patterns at the store so drop by on your way to the river and we will help pick out some for you. The meadow below Platoro has fished well on red midges, floss worms and baetis emerger patterns. If you are wanting to get in on the Salmon flies now is the time to hit the water. 

Pat

 

6/5/15  Fish caught this morning at Magote Campground on pink squirmy worms, Grape squirmies and tungston stonebombs! Go to our facebook page and look at the pictures. Take a look closely at the water!

Pat

 

 6/4/2015  The Conejos is in full runoff! The waters below Platora Resevoir are fishing good with floss worms, chrironomids and baetis nymphs, The lower river is high and dirty but the fish are happy and on the edges crushing stoneflys, g-strings and squirmy worms and Salvation patterns. Don't let the high water keep you off the river. The water level should start to drop and clear over the next week. We have seen adult salmon flies down at the shop the last couple days and the hatch should be in full swing in a week down low and moving up river. 

Give us a call or stop by the shop and we will try to get you hooked up with flys and any gear for your next trip.

 

Pat

 

 

 5/25/2015

I hope everyone is having a great Holiday weekend. The water flows on the Conejos have provided for some good fishing. Jason Tolliver and Bob Lewis came up for the weekend and caught fish from the fly water up to Platoro reservoir. Check out our facebook page for some pics. The release from the reservoir is ar 125 cfs and the fishing should be good at that level through the week. If you have put off plans to come fish give us a call and get to the Conejos. 

If you are planning to book a guide for the summer now is the time to make your reservations. We have spots available but some dates are already booked full. 

Stone Bombs, golden stones, pink g-strings, wire worms and squirmy worms have been great this weekend. We should see runoff kick into gear soon so if you can come to the river don't miss out on the last of the pre-runoff on the Conejos River.

 

 5/8/15

The Conejos River is running at 573 at Mogote this morning. The water is a litle dirty but the fishing has been good. We caught several nice browns yesterday on the edges with pink squirmies and g-strings with a red midge dropper. Big dark rubber legs, tungston stones also produced nice fish. We also fished a little at Riffle Water yesteday afternoon and caught some nice browns and rainbows. GIve us a call and we can help you have a good day during these early runoff conditions. We should see the river bump up higher in the next couple weeks so now is the time to get in some fishing. 

 

4/30/2015 

We are seeing some rising fish! BWO are coming off and we have been able to catch a few on dries. Small mayfly nymphs, copper johns, salvations, golden stone nymphs and dark midge patterns are catching some nice browns, The river is still pre-runoff and is nice and clear. We have access to some private water for guide trips this spring that is fishing great. Give us a call and we can help make your trip a success. 

 

4/1/2015

Fishing has been good on the Conejos.  Nymphing is the preferred method at this time of the season.  Large Stonefly patterns and small nymphs or squishy worm pattern has been the best.  Come by the shop or call and schedule your guide trip today.  Follow the flow reports on our local waters page.

 

 

 

 

News
  • PFA Tournament Update

     
    Antonito, Colorado–September 26, 2014    Twenty-four top fly anglers from five nations will cast their fly lines in the waters of Southern Colorado hoping to land the 2014 Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship and cash prizes.
    The Conejos River on the private Canon Bonito Fisherman’s Club  will be the venue for the competition.  The official walk through for the PFA Tour members will be on Friday, September 26th with the competition commencing at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 27th.  For directions go to www.canonbonitorv.com. 
    This area of Colorado may be best known for the Great Sand Dunes National Park, but anglers will be rewarded with spectacular fishing in a beautiful mountain setting.
    “We’re excited to bring the PFA Tour Championship to the San Luis Valley, which is another great example of the amazing fisheries we have in the United States,” explains Anthony Naranja, Founder of the Pro Fly Angling Tour.
    “Antonito and the surrounding villages are home to the Conejos River, Los Pinos River and countless mountain streams and lakes with views of the Continental Divide.  International tourists enjoy this area while experiencing the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.  Outdoor enthusiasts take in the limitless hunting, fishing, hiking and camping opportunities of this world-class sportsman’s paradise,” shares Aaron Abeyta, Mayor of Antonito.
    “What a moment in our neighborhood, the PFA Tour is coming,” adds Pat Blakenship of the Conejos Fly Shop.  “The PFA Tour members and fans will see why we love this area.”
    The Pro Fly Angling Tour is a new sports property that is providing the competitive angler a platform to showcase angling skill, physical stamina, and mental focus.  Innovative designs in gear, flies, and techniques are common as PFA Tour members pioneer their way through this new format, which includes a 1/2 mile run during the event.
    Each competitor gets 20 minutes to catch and release fish and then moves to a new section of water.  Help on the bank comes from a fishing caddy.  The caddy can assist with flies and rods, or give advice on presentation and tactics.  Anglers fish from 9:00am to mid afternoon covering all sections of the competition water.
    The event is free and open to the public.
    Host, Raleigh Cain along with camera and audio crews will capture the event.   The first episode of 2014  PFA Tour Season video series will be released in October on www.pfatour.org.
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