Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 Conejos River Superfly

Out of all the rivers in the FlyCurrents network the Conejos River is the least known and most mysterious. About a 40 minute drive south of Alamosa the Conejos River Drainage is well worth the trip. With over 40 miles of public access and plenty of tributaries, small creeks and high mountain beaver dams loaded with cutthroat and brook-trout it’s a no brainer for true enthusiasts of the sport of fly fishing. With 22 different species of stoneflies, caddis, green and grey drakes, baetis, bwo’s, terrestrials, and the list goes on and on! A stubborn River that will bring a smile to anglers faces under the worst conditions and make an angler cry the very next day with blue-bird skies, great weather, and not a fish in sight, hooked, or spooked. A single rutted dirt road winds its way up through the lower Conejos into the Pinnacles’, a white stone canyon with tons of structure and habitat, (angry brown territory). After the Canyon the river goes from big to small. Two upper meadows remind me of the Dream Stream on the South Platte minus the angling pressure, plus the green drake and salmon fly hatches! Above Platoro Reservoir is a whole different world! Small creeks, tributaries and beaver dams where the dry-fly action is always incredible during the summer months. To say there’s a plethora of fly fishing opportunity along this drainage would be a huge understatement! Anglers can choose to fish a large lower river, a mid-sized river, or a small upper river. And mind you the whole Conejos is a tail-water with Platoro dam at the top and tons more fly fishing opportunities. Take the time to explore new water and other rivers! The Conejos River drainage will be your best angling experience or your worst! Some would say that’s the best thing about fly-fishing or fishing in general.

The most knowledgeable anglers and fly fishermen in the area reside in the town of Mogote at the base of the Conejos River drainage. The shop is Conejos River Anglers. Get some coffee, some local fly patterns, and a guide trip if it’s your first time to this area! For more information contact Conejos River Anglers through the link below…

Monday, April 06, 2009

Whiper And Striper!!

Tim DeArmitt--A professional guitar player and song writer, spends his spare time raging big striper and wiper. Hitting your local waters can really pay-off this time of year! 27+ pound whipers and stripers make for an excellent day on the water not to mention a stiff/sore arm!