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.
1/19/2019 Happy New Year from Conejos River Anglers. The 2019 Superfly is April 5th - 7th. Details are on this page under news. Great time with friends and familty Its never to early to plan your trips for this season and we have people already booking the prime June thru August dates. Call Pat to get your bookings started. Link for tournament application goo.gl/AahsqP
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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
FINALLY THE LAST WORK DAYS ON THE HIDDEN MILE
Let’s get this baby done..
Volunteers needed on Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23rd forwillow cutting and planting plus some fence repair. We will meet at 9AM on the Conejos at the Hidden Mile on both days.
Please bring pruning shears if you have them, waders, work gloves and lunch.
Work both days, one day or part of either day. We will car pool from Alamosa City Market parking lot at 8AM so if you need a ride call Dave Kenvin at 970-214-4221.
To reach the Hidden Mile go west from Antonito on highway 17 about 21 miles to the Platoro Road (rd 250). Turn right on the on Platoro Road and go about 4 miles. The new parking lot and gate will be on your left. Please wear work clothes, work gloves, sturdy boots, waders, sunscreen and safety glasses.
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
Stones on the Conejos! #stonerflies #mayflies #wildbrowns#conejosriveranglers #highaltitude #createthehatch Call now for guide trips and cabin rentals. 719-376-5660
1/27/2018 Happy New Year from Conejos River Anglers. The 2018 Superfly is April 13th - 15th. Details are on this page under news. We sure can't wait to see everyone again this year. Its never to early to plan your trips for this season and we have people already booking the prime June thru August dates. Call Pat to get your bookings started. link for tournament application goo.gl/AahsqP
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.
PFA Tournament UpdateAntonito, 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.
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.
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!
Runoff is back at it. The river should start to drop and clear in the next week and give us chance to start seeing a few bugs on the surface.