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1999 Cimarron River Fly Fishing Report Archives

The Cimarron flows out of Eagle Nest Lake and is an irrigation impoundment like the Costilla. The releases here are "on demand" so there is no predicting what the flow will be on any given day. Best flows are betwween 15 and 50cfs. Some of the water in Eagle Nest Lake is also owned by the downstream towns of Springer and Raton which uses the water to supplement their domestic water supply. The Cimarron River is a roadside stream with easy access but unlike the Rio Costilla is very brushy. The fish here are mainly Brown trout to 16" and stocked Rainbows. This stream also gets a lot of fishing presure and isn't recommended on weekends.

June: 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.

July: 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.

August: Releases remained low and water temps high. Early and late when water was cooler seemed to be the ticket. Water from the tributaries got low too and didn't help the downstream flow.

September: Water temps improved this month and on 9/27 & 9/29 we had good days at a flow of 16cfs on #18 Para-Adams. A pretty good Trico hatch in the morning which is what the #18 Adams imitates. Later in the day we used a #12 Moth with a Pheasant Tail {#16} dropper.

October: Browns in the Cimarron spawn thruout the month. This is when you see the bigger fish but often the flows are real low and you end up just disturbing these fish in their reproductive process.

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