The fishing on the Conejos has been pretty good lately. Troy and Jon were both out on half day trips today and they both had productive days on the water. Troy guided this lower river and caught most of his fish on nymphs. While Jon guided the upper river and they caught most of there fish on dry flies (big old school Jim Fulton style H&L Variants) who knew.
The leaves are starting to change color and fall is in the air. We have had a great couple of days guiding this last week and we are hoping to keep the momentum going right into the later part of this fall. The trout have really started to get happy in the past week and the Pike have started to turn on with this cooler weather. Below are a couple of the pics from the guide trips we had this last week. I hope that you all enjoy and get pumped for fishing this fall.
Just wanted to give everyone out there a quick river update. We have been getting some good rains in the afternoons which are loving. The river this morning looked great and from the reports I have been getting from my guides is that the fish have been happy. Josh fished the meadow yesterday and said that he was moving a lot of fish on the surface with big attractor flies. Neversink Trudes, Hippy Stompers, Royal Stimulators, Royal Humpy, ect... Troy guided the pocket water below the meadow yesterday and gave a report a lot like Josh's except they caught a good number of fish on the dropper. We had some guys in the one of the cabins this last week that fished mainly on the lower river and they said that they had most of there luck nymphing. They told me that there best flies were the Hot Spot Worm, Jimmy Legs, Salvations, Chartreuse Copper Johns and Hot Wire Caddis. Troy is guiding today on the upper river and Jasmine and Josh are fishing the fly water this morning so I should have another fresh report for all of you in the morning.
Below are some pictures from one of Jasmine's guide trips this last week I just wanted to give you a taste of some of the fish being caught.
Thank you reading and stay tuned for more.
P.S. The date on the pics is off all of these were caught on Thursday Aug 4th.
Just thought that I would throw out a quick Conejos River report. I am sorry that it has been so long since the last post (have been out the water a lot).
The upper river has been on fire and what I mean by that is that from the bottom of the pinnacles to the dam the fish have been eating dries really hard. We are still seeing a really good number of Grey Drakes, Red Quills, PMD's, Yellow Sally's, Trico's, and Midge's coming off. As well as a few scattered Green Drakes. We have been seeing some good afternoon showers which means more bugs popping off in the evening. Our water levels could not be any better then they are right now, you can fish anywhere.
All of the tribs have been producing really well so there are a few other options if you want to get off of the Conejos for the day. I guess all in all what I am trying to tell everyone is come get your dry fly on! I hope to see you on the river soon.
This is a photo journal post. For the past five days I was out on the water with a great fisherman and good friend Shad Goldston. We had a lot of fun as you can see from the photos below.
First fish of the trip it was a great way to start things off
This fish was slurping dries off the surface in some nice slow water
This fish was sipping dries in a really tough spot so Shad made a great Long down stream drift and fed this fish a size 16 Adams. It was fishing a spring creek the way we caught this fish. Great job brotha!
Heavy Bodied Rainbow caught on the G-String Worm
Look at the Colors on this fish it looks like a South American Brown
Beautiful Brown Taken on the Pink G-String Worm
Green Drake Dry... YES!!
Brown on the Dry
Streamer Eater Number 1
23 inch Rainbow taken on a 6 inch long Streamer
(Streamer Eater Number 2)
Head shot of a great Bow
Some Trout have Wings Too
20 inch Brown on a Mahogany Dry
Beautiful Brown taken on a
Nice Browny taken on a Dry
23 inch Female Brown caught on a #8 Tung. Salvation Nymph
Nice Head Shot
We had a bit of a tougher day on the water on day 5. We hooked into an incredible fish on a CDC Mahogany Dry that really did not want his photo taken. Oh well that is part of the game sometimes.
Overall we had a great time on the water together and got into some great fish. Shad made the book of 20 4 times during his time here. Congrats Brotha you deserve it.
I wanted to let everyone out there know that the Conejos River is fishing amazing right now. I have been out on the water the past two days guiding and I tell you what these fish are eating dries hard. Yesterday I guided two awesome fisherman through one of the most public stretches on the Conejos. I have to say one of my top five most productive days ever while guiding this great river. If I told you how many big browns we landed you probably wouldn't believe me, what I will say is that we land a couple of brown trout in the 18"-19" range and a good number in the 16"-17" range. Oh I forgot to mention that ever fish was on a DRY FLY!
The overall report from all of the guides has been just that "Outrageous! These fish are eating hard". There are a bunch of grey drakes coming off, red quills, yellow sally's, midges and a few green drakes. I would have to say that it is time to be on the Conejos River.
This river has really been giving up some great fish lately. The Grey Drakes are popping off really hard mid morning and then coming back in the evening around 7:00pm to lay there eggs. I can not believe the numbers of fish being landed during guide trips. If I told you you may not believe me. If you have not been down to the Conejos River during this time of year you really need to see it. The flows right now on the lower river are just above 600 cfs and falling. I just want to give everyone a quick update and give you a little eye candy to get the blood flowing.