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…


At 4:43 AM, Blogger mike doughty said...

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At 4:48 AM, Blogger mike doughty said...

great shots and great looking water. i haven't hit that water yet but will have to sometime as i'm in colorado every 3-4 months.

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 6:52 PM, Blogger Eric Bernon said...

Fished the Conejos July 2013 and here is what I found:
1. The area is definitely not as wild or remote as I thought after reading several blogs/posts. There lots of buildings, ranches, campgrounds all along the river which is closely followed by a well maintained road
2. The trout are larger than average and the river has insane bug life. Unfortunately they seem to prefer a hopper/dropper or stim/dropper combo instead of taking dries up top.
3. With such a large drainage area it's very prone to having at least one feeder stream blown out by a monsoon season t-storm

Would I go back to the Conejos? Maybe if I was in the area, but this is unlikely since it is far from a large airport.

I liked the Rio Grande below Rio Grande Reservoir better (water was reliably clear, fish large and same bug life).

For smaller streams, Pass Creek, La Jara and North Clear Creek were awesome.


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