7/15/16 It been a busy few weeks here at the shop. I want to thank everyone that has stopped by the flyshop and bought flies and taken guide trips. The fishing has continued to be very productive. I was out this morning and the lower river was still pretty buggy. We caught several fish on royal stimmies as a Pine Moth Hatch was underway. The lower river has begun to transition back to small stoneflie nymphs and baetis nymphs. The river from the south fork up to Platoro has been fishing very good. We are seeing golden stones and several types of mayflies. The Green Drakes have been a little elusive as the hatch moved up river. They seem to be hatching late in the day so evening fishing in the meadow has been good. Give us a call or stop by if we can help picking out some bugs.
6/24/16 The Conejos is fishing good. The lower river is really buggy with Mayflies, Caddis and stoneflies. The window for dries has been narrow in the early morning but this will improve drastically this week. The meadow fished well today with midges, wire worms, bwo nymphs and rainbow warriors. We should start seeing better mayfly hatches in the meadow soon. If you have waited to fish the Los Pinos don't wait any longer. If we can help with guides, cabin rentals give us a call.
6/13/2016 Well it's about time I give a little update on the river conditions. It looks like the peak runoff occurred the first of last week. We will continue to see the Conejos slowly drop through the summer. Each day the water clarity will slowly improve as the flow slowly come down over the next couple weeks. Wading will be limited to the edges until the flow comes down to 400 cfs at Mogote around the first of July. The big stoneflies are just about to start flying later this week. Big stimulator will be the on the menu. The meadow section below Platoro is fishing great. Baetis emeger and nymphs have been the go to patterns but will see better surface action anytime now. The Los Pinos is quickly coming into shape. We've had great trips on the Los Pinos and the La Jara. Stop by and pick up some of the new patterns we have in the shop. Call now for guide trips as the best dry fly season is starting soon. Thanks
5/24/16 Well it's time to get fishing on the Conejos RIver. We are looking at normal runoff conditions. The flow out of Platoto reseroir is at 430 cfs and the flow at Magote is at 1340 cfs. Tom took Bob Fulgham from Amarillo today and fished on Riffle Water this morning and hooked 20 plus and land 15 and then fished at Magote Campground and then ran up to the meadow below Platoro and landed fish there as well. Fish on blood red worms, 2 tone worms, wine worms and golden stones. The fishing should only improve as the flows start ot slowly come down. If you are planning a trip give me a call at the shop.
I spent a couple hours on the Conejos yesterday with Brent and I watched him land 10 browns mostly on Baetis nymphs and stoneflys. There has been Baetis coming off the last week. I saw a few takin off the surface. If you are looking for some great river and weather conditions the next 2 weeks should the ticket. Give us a call at the shop if you need more information.
Superfly 2016 Wrap-up
What a great weekend we had for fishing, socializing and relaxing. We want to thank everyone who came out for the tournament.
1st Place- Marcos Silva and Ron Sedall
2nd Place- Scott Davis and Dan Castellano
3rd Place- Eric Troudt and Brian Moran
4th Place- Jason Tolliver and Matt Sanford
5th Place- Chris Galvin and Jeremy Sides
6th Place – Randy Keys and Cahlen Keys
We hope everyone had a great time and hope to see you again this summer and of course next year at the Superfly!
4/4/16 We are getting ready for another spring on the Conejos River. I have posted the teams and dates for the 2016 Superfly below. Let me know if you have any questions. We will meet at the shop each morning around 7:30 and draw beats. Fishing will be from 9 am to 4:30 pm each day.
Team Fisherman 1 Fisherman 2
5 Matt McCall Jim Griego
4 Pat Blankenship John Sanford
7 Jimmy Flores Robert W Lewis
1 Matt Sanford Jason Tolliver
11 Alfred Lewis Brett Walton
10 Dan Gomez Jamie Marrufo
19 Eric Troudt Brian Moran
6 Dave Romero Stan Quintana
12 Kevin Troudt Nichalas Troudt
8 Kevin Terry Ben McGee
14 Mike Prime Mark Miller
25 Eric Gurule Christopher Gurule
26 JP Martinez Brent Durrer
27 Rod Ruybilad Dad Ruybilad
29 Mark Sawyer Ron Kless
13 Scott Davis R. Dan Castellano
32 Marcos Silva Ron Sedall
Team Fisherman 1 Fisherman 2
30 Tom Meir Dan Cordova
2 Kyle Beasley Andy Ray
3 Derik Drinnen Craig Rhamy
16 Vance Dewbre Lowell Dickinson
21 Sy Slover Shane Slover
18 Chris Galvin Jeremy Sides
22 Greg Slover Seth Slover
9 Brooks Gentry April Gentry
15 Kyle Sandusky Roy Davis
17 Doug Hollingshead Manuel Tarango
20 Geoff Johnson Deacon Aspinwall
23 Kevin Kuper Jack Cassidy
24 Gavin Sheets Stephanie Money
28 Josh Curtis Isaac Dean
31 Randy Keys Cahlen Keys
9/4/15 Well summer is coming to an end and we are looking forward to a nice fall season. We have been fishing tungsten twenty inchers, small prince, patty's, midges and baetis patterns down on the lower river between Magote campground and Menkhaven. The pocket water has been good on many patterns from hopper dropper rigs, annelids, baetis nymphs, hippy stompers, black midges and chartreuse jujubee midges. The meadow has been good on royal stimmies, small caddis, rusty spinners, baetis and small midge nynphs. We have had great guide trips on private water the last 2 weeks as well. GIve us a call and get us to help you this fall. Many of the pictures on our facebook page have come from the private ranches. All of the fish are from the Conejos River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click on the Special Offer button and check out the great prices on Vacation packages. The best dry fly season is about to start and we have room for more trips. Check out our Facebook page for some of the great trips already taken this month. Thanks
The Season at our shop is coming to a close. Call for discounts on all remaning inventory ! You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for our opening year. It has been a blast !
We have added an on line store! Just click on the shop online and see what we have. Remember to call about any specials or other needs. Thanks
It's the time of year that we can begin to smell fish! We have been so busy at Conejos River Anglers. We've updated the shop with paint and carpet and stocked the shelves with must have tools and gadgets. Troy came by 2 weeks ago looking for trips! It's definitely time to start thinking about booking your fish , sleep and eat package. We so look forward to servicing you. Check out the links page for fun things to do in the area. You can support our community if someone in your party does not wish to fish. It's gonna be a great year of your best fishing ever.
What a great weekend of fun, fellowship and fishing. We had over 40 teams compete and the two day winners are as follows:
1. Chris Galvin and Jeremy Sides
2. Troy Smith and Isasc Dean of Conejos River Anglers
3. Marcos Silva and Ron Sedall
4. Eric Troudt and Brian Moran
5. Kevin Terry and Ben McGee
Consolation winners were Dan Gomez and Jamie Marrufo
Big Fish winners were:
Well the season is finally upon us. The runoff is in full gear and yet the fishing is still great. Now is the time to book your trips. Give us a call. Thanks
Customer Tom Lewis' review
Just back from yet another time well spent on the Conejos River. Once again, Conejos River Anglers really came through. The Conejos can be a tricky river, but the right flies, well-presented when the fish are reasonable on the feed has a good chance of producing spectacular results. This trip was no exception.
It was a little daunting to arrive and find the flows at about three times what they were the last several times I visited, but once again, a day with one of CRA's guides really paid off. I always learn something from these guys, and not just (this time) "wire worms, rubber legged stone nymphs, plenty of split shot". Indeed, as I was comparing my last morning of this trip with my first visit, circa 2007 (back before I believed that I could afford to invest a bit in my game by hiring a guide; there didn't seem to be any fish in that river!), I realized just how helpful they have been. Maybe there are a lot more fish, a lot more gullible, now than there was back then, but I don't think so. (Actually, the fish do seem healthier and more abundant now than a couple of years ago, when flows got disturbingly low.)
Fishing with guys like Scott and KK is not just a great way to crack the code of whatever the river is presenting that day. It has certainly helped me to become a better fisherman, a point that was driven home on that last morning, by the number of times I was wishing I had someone else to net a big brownie in fast water. (That would be something I still need to get better at!) Whether you are looking to solve the riddle of this seemingly fickle river, or you want to up your game, or both, I heartily recommend the guides at Conejos River Anglers.
On Thursday July 29th a friend of mine, his 14 year old daughter and I had a Guided Tour with Scott. It was a great experience and lots of fun. Scott is very knowledgeable and fun to be with. We learned a lot and had a life time experience; and we caught lots of fish too. Of course my friend's daughter caught the most. We will never forget the experience and what we learned to become better fishermen. The stories and experiences Scott told us was very entertaining too. We talked about the day and Scott all night long at camp that night. I will definitely do another tour again. Thanks for the fun.
Feedback on our excellent fly fishing experience with Conejos River Anglers. We had a wonderful time!
KK was a great guide and we appreciate all his hard work which allowed us to land the biggest fish ever! (25 & 27 inches) We plan to return for another visit and will definitely use your services again.
Very best regards, and remember chicks fly fish too!
Deborah Haycraft and Scott Atwater
Conejos River Anglers is hosting the 11th Annual Superfly with portions of entry fee being donated to San Luis Valley Trout Unlimited. Cost is $500 per team. 2 people per team. Format is same as every year. Fish on Friday or Saturday and if you qualify your team fishes on Sunday.
Hello to all the flyfishermen out there. Call us to find out about our fall Fish-Eat-Sleep specials.
We are discounting numerous items in our flyshop. Items like Sage rods, Scott rods, Lamson reels, Simms and Patagoing waders and boots.
Weather is beautiful. It might be 100 F in the south but not here! Cool nights abound.
Call now and book your fish,eat and sleep package, book a cabin or guide trip. Rod, reels, waders , boots and more on sale.
8/13/2014 -- It's a great time to get in a late summer trip to the Conejos. The summer crowds have thinned out this week and there is plenty of space to fish. I went up to the pocket water on Monday and there were very few people out. The fishing was good using g-strings, floss worms, various mayfly emergers and nymph patterns. Seeing hoppers on the lower river as well as big stonefly nymphs moving around. Lots of adults mayflys and small patterns have been turning fish on the surface.
What a moment in our neighborhood. The PFA is coming to us on Saturday September 27th. http://www.pfatour.org/
Volunteers are needed for scorekeeper, officials, and two medical personnel. Contact Leslee Waggener at email@example.com or 303-917-6105.
July 22- Time to get in some fishing. We've had some great trips the last week. The fish have crushed the Drake's in the Meadow and should continue for a few more days. Fish on the lower Conejos have been keyed in on chrionocones and stoneflys. The release from Platoro is making the pocket water the place to be for the first time this summer. Give us a call to book a cabin or setup a guide trip.
The Conejos is really looking great. We had a nice runoff this year that put some water into Platora that should make for some good water flows later this summer.
We are seeing a nice Salmon fly hatch going in the fly water. We have had some very production guide trips this week with anglers catching fish on big dry flies! Lots of Caddis and stonefly nymphs working as well.
Give me a call and get over and get in some fishing, The Los Pinos has a flow of 55 cfs and is also fishing great.
Get a chance give us a call and book some time with us. The cabins and guides all have holes in the schedule in May and early June. Most of Colorado will be blown out with heavy runoff for the next 6 weeks while the Conejos drainage with the convenience of the dam at Platoro will run clear and fish well with no crowds during those 6 weeks.
Large Stoneflies are back on the Conejos. We have been seeing adults here by the shop since Saturday. The lower river has seen the fish eating the rubber legs hard in the morning. The Los Pinos and La Jara are also a good choice. Give us a call and get over to Southern Colorado and get to fishing while it hot!