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2003 Conejos River Fly Fishing Report Archives

The Conejos is the largest tributary to the Rio Grande. It flows out of Platoro Resevoir which at over 10,000' elevation is the highest man made impoundment in the USA. Its flow is augmented by numerous smaller tributaries that drain surrounding areas. This drainage historically gets a lot of snow and rain and runoff often continues into July with the best fishing being usually from early July thru September. Recently with successive mild, dry winters the best fishing has often been in June and July. Low flows and high water temps has made August and September less predictable.

June: Again not much of a snowpack this year with minimal runoff and very little water stored in Platoro. Flows were 125cfs in the Pinnacles and 260cfs in Mogote. Tough wading in the Pinnacles but fishing on the Flywater along Hiway #17 was good especially during the Geen Drake hatch from 11am-2pm on most days castin to rising fish. It was only fair early and late.

July: On 7/4 we had a great day on the Hamilton Lease at 140cfs. Wading was tough but we got some nice fish as the Drake hatch started about 10am and seemed to go on all day. We didn't use a dropper all day and the fish were real busy on top to those big dries {Gr. Drake #10}. On 7/18 we fished the Pinnacles at 110cfs and it was just manageable as to wading and we got some nice fish {mostly Browns} on on Caddis #12 with a Copper John dropper #14.

August: By August flows were minimal and temps became a problem. Poor fishing most of the month.

September: Same as August.

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