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2004 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: More snow this year and it almost seems like old times with nighttime temps below 0* and some good snow in the mountains..We really need this moisture. I fished alone on 1/7 and water temp was 48-50*.. There was a nice Mayfly hatch at 1pm and fish were active for a while. On 1/10 it was warm and sunny and I fished with a client and water temp was 46-50* and we saw some spawners..Fair fishing..D&D...On 1/29 I fished with Rita and the trails were a little sloppy from more snow the past few weeks. There were a bunch of other anglers around so we didn't fish long..Fair on droppers especially Mayfly emerger..

February: More cold and snowy weather kept me off the river in the first half of February. On 2/17 I fished with Joe at the confluence and unbeknownst to us we were behind another angler. Water temp was 48-52* and we did see a few Caddis but no rising fish.. On 2/20, a warm and overcast day and water at 52* at 11am. I got a few nice fish but it was slow and there were few bugs..On 2/22 I fished with Rita and water temps were from 52-56* and a fair amount of bugs {Caddis-Mayflies}. Some of the Browns we got were very skinny...We didn't see any spawners..On 2/25 I fished alone and water temps were 52-55*. Fishing was slow and fish seemed to be holding deeper and reluctant to elevate. Water level is also up a bit but clear..We have had some -0* nights and this may explain the skinny fish as they weren't around the last time

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