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2000 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.

Spring: First report of Caddis in Pilar on 4/4. Flow was about 200cfs at the State Line which is ideal. The bugs moved upstream faster than in previous years and were all over the Box by 4/9 when I fished in the Wild Rivers area. The flow was 230cfs and not quite clear. We got a few nice Browns to 17" on a Hares Ear #12 fished as a dropper. The water got murkier late in the day and we picked up a few fish along the edges on dries {Caddis}. In the Box on 4/14 flow was 249cfs and fishing was good from 3pm on dry Caddis #14. Again on 4/21 with the same results...Flows increased after that and ended the spring Caddis event.

Fall: Flows were very low this year at 60cfs {State Line}. At this level many more pockets in the Box were fishable and you could cross in spots. We started fishing the Grande in early September and the first half of the month was fair with water temps getting to the high 60*s by mid afternoon. By mid September the temps were better and fishing picked up. Rita and I had 2 great days fishing remote areas of the Box. We hooked up with about 40 fish apiece, Browns 13-17" and Cutbos 14-18". On 9/28 a client landed a 20" Cutbo..We were using a big dry fly { Hopper or Moth } with a Caddis larva dropper 16-24" below the dry. October continued great and we fished the Box on 10/2, 10/11, 10/15 and 10/18..We started getting some fish in the 20" range, mostly Cutbos and a few Browns.

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