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1999 Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report Archives

Historically the Rio Grande fished best in the Fall{September-October} and maybe 2 years out of 10, when runoff was low or later than usual we have the Caddis Hatch which starts in mid to late April. The mild dry winters of the late 90's have made this an almost annual event and we have been seeing the first bugs in the first week of April. In September our summer rains subside and with the end of the irrigation season in Colorado flows stabilize and fishing is the best of the year on the Rio.

April: On 4/7 the first bugs were spotted in the Pilar area. On 4/9 I fished in Pilar and got a few fish to 15" but the fish weren't really on the Caddis yet. I fished alone on 4/12 at John Dunn Bridge in Arroyo Hondo and the fish were a bit more responsive. I fished with a dropper until the sun got off the water and with a dry only after that. I've been fishing a TRUDE pattern to help me tell my fly from the zillion others on the water..The last 2 weeks of April were very good in the Box and I was there almost every day either guiding or fishing solo. We didn't need droppers on most days and fishing was excellent. On 5/3 a late spring storm came thru and killed most of the bugs and muddied up the water.. Over til Fall.

September-October: Flows are higher than the past few years {600-700cfs} but fairly clear. This much water makes it tough fishing and guiding..On 10/12 I fished with a client and we fished streamers along the edges and fishing was fair. We got 6 fish over 16". The best was a 19" Brown..No further reports.

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