Fishing Season: Spring/summer through fall

Cimarron River - CO

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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

Owl Creek Pass is open from the Ridgway area. Waters are looking great and we are seeing multiple hatches. A variety of dries are working great as well as atractor nymphs

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Map of Cimarron River

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5-Day Outlook as of 7/21/21

Look out for weather as rain can cause off-color water in the morning but generally clearing in the afternoon.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/21/21

Big Cimarron and Silverjack fishing with Dry/Dropper or light nymphing techniques.

Current Conditions as of 7/21/21

Look out for weather as rain can cause off-color water in the morning but generally clearing in the afternoon.

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 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:

Attractor Dries: Stubby Chubby #14-16 UV Purple or UV Cinnamon, 409 Yeager #14 Yellow, Hi-Vis Skinny Chubby #14 Peach. Nymphs: Psycho Prince #14-18 Purple or Green, Guides Choice Hare's Ear #14-16, Two-Bit Hooker #16-18 (All Colors), Tung Frenchie #14-18