Spring Was Fantastic and Summer’s in Full Swing!
We are already off to a fantastic start to another great year on the Green River and tributaries, catching a bunch of big browns, bows and cuts.
Spring was great and now the summer fishing is underway. That means dry fly fishing opportunities on the Ham’s Fk. Smith’s Fk. and Fontenelle Creek as well as possibilities on the Green itself with tricos, yellow Sally’s and at times, caddis. Of course the nymph fishing is always good !
Don’t wait any longer! With only 2 guides a day allowed on the Refuge we are filling up fast!
Greybull River Still the Best Dry Fly Fishing Around!
It’s already our sixth year doing the Greybull and the dry fly fishing is still unbelievable. There’s something really special about catching beautiful, colorful, native Yellowstone Cutthroats in a truly wild freestone river and the vistas are nothing short of spectacular!
We only do this trip during August, when it’s starting to get too warm in the lower rivers this stream is in it’s peak with golden cuts. If you’re looking to cool off, this is the place! We still have a few openings.
Meanwhile Back in Taos…
Lots of changes in Taos –
First, the company I was sharing my storefront with, the Boot Doctors, was purchased by another company and they closed the Taos store so the Solitary Angler moved across the street (just across from Michaels Kitchen) where we are sharing a space with my good friend Cisco Guevarra, owner of Los Rio River Runners, the best raft company in New Mexico.
Fun fact- I started my first guide service in 1983 in Red River, New Mexico next door to the Motherlode Saloon. I shared the shop with Los Rios River Runners and the name of my company was Los Rios Anglers. So here we are full circle back where we started but a lot of history and success stories for both of us.
It’s not a fly shop, but a boat accessory and rentals shop and office for booking guided raft trips and of course, guided fly fishing trips with the Solitary Angler. Call or stop by to book a trip or talk trout!
Fishing Good Despite Drought
The longest dry spell since they’ve been keeping records has caused a lot of problems for trout and trout fishers but through it all we’ve had good fishing at one place or another. When they closed the forests due to fire danger we still had good, private places to fish and now the forests are open but we still have some of the best fishing around on Culebra Creek, the Cimarron Holy Waters, and Conejos River, all three controlled by dams. Most of the freestone streams are very low. Recently we entered our monsoon season so there could be some relief for the freestone streams.
The Culebra has been producing some of the biggest trout I’ve seen in a long time this year, including some nice browns, despite the flows being high much of the time. We’re expecting some great hopper fishing in late August through September, don’t miss it.
The Conejos fished real well all the way through spring and early summer due to the low run-off this year. The hatches were incredible with good numbers of golden stones, salmon flies, gray and green drakes and pmds and we experienced the best fishing we’ve ever had on our private section this year with lots of big browns brought to net. While the water is lower now and the hatches not as prolific we continue to experience good fishing with a slow day here and there. That will continue through August and then it usually improves in the fall.
Unfortunately, the Cimarron Canyon State Park has been closed ever since the Ute Park fire in early June so no one has been able to fish there. The Cimarron River has been running at a perfect level for 3 months (except for 5 days following a flash flood on the burn area) and the fish have been feeding like crazy but you can’t fish it. It’s unknown when it will open but give us a call for latest conditions.
Our customers HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FISH on our private section called the “Holy Waters” right below Eagle Nest Dam. Fishing has been great there with the good, cool flows coming out of the bottom of Eagle Nest Dam.