Weekly Fishing Report: 05/08/2024

Welcome back to another great season of fly fishing on the Rio Grande River! We can’t wait to get back on the water with all of our customers and friends for a great 2024 season! The Rio is in full swing right now and the entire river is floatable. Click HERE to go to our guided fly fishing trips on the Rio Grande River.

Where to fish? As of right now, the entire river is floatable. With spring runoff comes the need to be flexible. If the nights stay cold and the day time temps don’t get too high the fishing will stay great! If we start to have above freezing nights and day time temps in the 60s then the chances of the river swelling up and turning brown is good. The best thing to do is call the shop a few days before you plan on coming and asking about water clarity.

This time of year, the higher you can go the better. As tributaries flow into the river we will see it get more stained as you travel downstream. We suggest anything above 149 bridge in South Fork right now.

What time to fish? There is no need to race people to the ramp right now. Fishing from about 9-3 is prime time. If the mornings stay cold then there is no reason to be on the water before 9:30-10:00.

Nymphs and Streamers! It’s pre-runoff/runoff and the river is fluctuating in flows every day. The fish are starting to see a lot of bio mass floating down the river and they have turned the feed on. Big stone fly nymphs, caddis, and mayfly crawlers are the way to go. Don’t forget worms either. The Rio changes year to year on what worms are the HOT color but the bright pink worm (regular chennile will do, you don’t need squirmys) and wine color worm are the best.

The all black pats rubber leg seems to fish the best on murky water days and the brown pats rubber leg has been out fishing the black on clear water days. As always, the prince nymph and grey hares ear are a must this time of year.

Where are the fish? Right now the fish are everywhere. It seems some fish are getting the message that big water is coming and they have pushed all the way up on the banks. In faster sections of the river this is the case. On some of our slower sections like the Oxbows and La Garita sections the fish can still be holding in mid river currents downstream of shelves and deep seam lines. Since the water is cold, these fish don’t need to be anywhere near the fast water. Find the slack or slower water and you will find the fish!

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