If you have been waiting for some surface action the Conejos River is oen for buissness. We are seeing large hatches of Caddis, Gray Drakes, Slate Drakes and should start seeing Green Drakes any day now. Anglers are still catching fish on large Salmon Fly imitaions on the surface as well. They are ranging from the Bear Crek section of the COnejos up to around Rocky Mountain Lodge. The flow out of Platoro should remain in the 400 cfs range for a few more weeks with is keeping the lower Conejos RIver flows around 800 cfs and producing great fishing conditions on both drys and nymphs. The los Pinos is also fish good with flows around 80 cfs. Pat
7/11/19 The flows on all the rivers in the area have come down quicker than I would have thought posible a couple weeks back. The flow at Magote is under 900 cfs and should drop to below 800 cfs tomorrow. The release from Platoro Res. is now at 400 cfs. We are seeing Brown and Slate Drakes down on the lower river along with lots of big Adult Stomeflys. We are starting to see better activity on the surface with drys from large stimulators, Chubby's and size 12 and 14 mayfly patterns. Nymphing with 20 inchers, size 14 golden hare's ears and jig assassins. Still fishing brown Pat's rubber legs and golden stone nymphs as well. If you have waited for the flows to come down, it's time to get busy fishing.
7/8/19 The flow on the Conejos River is slowly dropping. The release from Platoro Res. is at 700 cfs making the fishing from just below the meadows at Platoro down to the South Flork confluence very difficult. From there down to Magote Campground we are seeing good fishing on the edges with patty's, golden stone nymphs, size 14 hare's ear, size 14 jig assassin and pink and red san juan worms. There are Salmon flys, grey Drakes, Caddis over most of the lower Conejos and fishing with a big stimi, or Chubby and dropping pat's and size 14 nymphs has been working in the same area we have been nymphing.
The Los Pinos has dropped to a great flow and has also been fishing good as well. Seeing some adult PMD's and Grey Drakes out and catching a few fish on the surface and nymphing with a size 14 & 16 bruised pmd, jig assassin, and hare's ears. The flow on Elk Creek has dropped to the level that is better for fishing so if you have been waiting to hike it should only get better over the summer.
6/26/19 The water levels on the Conejos have been slowly dropping but remain above the average historical flow levels. This does not mean that there is no fishable water or that you can't catch any fish. So enough about whats wrong and a little about all the bugs we have seen the last couple days. Midges, BWO, Yellow Sallies, Grey Drakes, Caddis and "oh Yeah" Adult Stoneflies. I know the flows are high but where is it not. Give us a call if you have any questions and we will try to help you out.
6/12/19 The river is very high and should remain big for the next couple weeks. The flow at Magote is at 2000 CFS. The release from Platoro Res. is at 50 CFS so there is some nice water conditions below the dam. This release will move up as the flow drops at Magote but for the next wekk it should remain at a good fishing level. We are still catching fish on the lower iveron dark pat's rubber legs, g-string worms in pink to orange with lots of added weight. The meadows is more of a midge, midge emerger, baetis nymphs and smaller worm patterns.
6/6/19 Well runoff is here again for another year. The water is high but the visibility is not bad, off color but not blown out. We have been having good success with big buggy stonefly nymphs and worm patterns. Give us a call at the shop and we will try to help you out if your looking for some fishable water.