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2000 Red River Fly Fishing Report Archives

The Red River comes off of the backside of Wheeler Peak and flows thru the town of Red River and down the canyon to Questa. Below Questa it enters a 600' gorge at the Red River Fish Hatchery and some large spring join the natural flow and increases the flow by 30cfs. This constant 55* water warms the water and makes for good fishing all year. Above Questa the river is dead because of pollution from the Moly mine but in the canyon fishing is consistanly good for Browns {8-14"} and in the Fall large Browns come up from the Rio Grande to spawn. In December Cutbos do the same and remain in the lower Red until runoff. Best months are February and March and October and November but fishing is good most months when the water is clear.

January: No snow and warm days in the 50*s as the drought continues. Skiers are crying but there have been some good Mayfly hatches on warm days in the afternoon. Best action on Para-Adams #14 and droppers [ Caddis larva & Mayfly emerger]..Cutbos are actively spawning thruout.

February: I saw the first Caddis on 2/1, the earliest I ever seen seen them on the Red. Its been exceptionally warm and very little precipitation. Fish have been very active on the surface and I have been fishing a straight dry [without a dropper] more this month than in past Februarys.

March: More warm dry conditions and one of the best Marchs in memory. Resident browns in the 12-14" range have been very responsive but I haven't seen as many spawning Cutbos as in the past.

April: No runoff again but I only fished the Red once this month on the 23rd and it was excellent. The Caddis hatch on the Rio Grande was the best in years so I spent the month on the big river..See the Rio Grande Archive.

May: I didn't fish the Red this month as the fishing on other streams that usually don't fish this early such as the Rio Grande, Embudo and the Pueblo have been keeping me busy. Th Red is the most consistant stream in my area and this year a lot other opportunities have arisen and the Red almost always fishes well. With the drought I am not optimistic about the later season on the Costlla, Conejos and Cimarron.

June: July and August: Rains and warmer water temps as well as guiding have kept me busy and didn't fish the Red at all these months.

September: Our summer rains have subsided and as the water cleared the fishing picked up from 9/15 thru the rest of the month on the usual patterns..Best : Moth and a caddis dropper.

October: Fishing in the Rio Grande has kept me busy all month.

November: On 11/1 I fished the Red with my daughter and the Browns have moved up out of the Rio Grande and Rita got a 19" Brown among a bunch of other nice fish.. The bigger Browns were done and gone back to the Rio Grande by 11/20 but action remained good for Browns 11-14" and a few Cutbos to 16".

December: Warm and dry weather and water low and clear. Cutbos are in the system and spawning but with low and clear conditions they were real spooky. On 12/2 a client got 3 Cutbos over 17" and on 12/21 another got a 21" and a 20" Cutbo on a caddis dropper. On 12/31 I fished a Wooly Booger over some spawners and took 3 0ver 18"

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