Fishing Season: Spring/summer through fall

Cimarron River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

RIGS Fly Shops & Guide Service's Tip of the Week

Fall Is in the air and the cool nights and warm days settle in. Water temps are great and we are seeing some caddis and BWO hatches throughout the the day. Flows are low and have the fish finding deeper water to hold and feed in so focus your time on anywhere there is a depth change.

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5-Day Outlook as of 9/14/21

Weather looks great with some cooler weather coming but this tends to get the fish fired up and feeding on smaller insects. No need to be up here super early as fish are slower in the morning.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/14/21

Big Cimarron and Silverjack fishing with Dry/Dropper or light nymphing techniques. A bead head BWO in 18-20 under a small hopper or caddis will allow you to control your drift in the most effective water.

Current Conditions as of 9/14/21

Weather looks great with some cooler weather coming but this tends to get the fish fired up and feeding on smaller insects. No need to be up here super early as fish are slower in the morning.

Local Species Available Spring/summer through fall

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    Cutthroat

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    Brook Trout

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    Brown Trout

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    Rainbow Trout

RIGS Fly Shops & Guide Service's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Adams N/A
Adam's Purple Parachute N/A
Gray Fox N/A
Elk Wing Caddis N/A
Schroeder's Parachute Hopper N/A
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail N/A

Adams

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RIGS Fly Shops & Guide Service's Recommended Gear

Description: About Cimarron River

High Alpine fishing at its best! The Cimarron River offers endless fishing for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat, and Brook Trout. As one of the most beautiful settings in Colorado, the Cimarron high country offers rare opportunities for solitude, native fish, and remote access. If you’re looking for a real Colorado backcountry experience, it doesn’t get any better than this. The Forks of the Cimarron include the West Fork, Middle Fork, and East Fork, and each offer an exceptional high country angling experience. These small freestone streams provide miles of access, with riffles and pools, and plenty of trout. In addition to the Forks, the Big Cimarron includes a three-mile tailwater stretch below Silver Jack Reservoir. Large boulders and deep pools provide excellent habitat for large trout. Summer through fall is the best time to fish the high country. After the snow melts and the Forks settle down, anglers can enjoy fishing dry flies at 9,600 feet with beautiful mountain scenery as the backdrop. After the summer mayfly fade, it’s all about hoppers. Throwing dry flies and hopper patterns at native and wild trout is tough to beat!

Nearest Airport:

Montrose Regional Airport

Bait Recommendations:

Caddis Dries and BWO adults. Always helps to put a dropper off the back to maximize your presentation.