Re: Howdy Rocky Mountain Flyfishers!
Hey Guys, thanks for the welcome. Thanks for the heads up on the guide service Steve, the rates seem really reasonable and it looks like you hook people up with some beautiful fish. Hopefully next time my father comes to visit I can convince him to pay for a trip lol. I was hoping to make it up to the Cimmaron by now but I haven't had a chance. The reports seem to indicate it is fishing pretty well even though the water is low. A friend of mine just called me yesterday from the San Juan. He said the number and size of the fish up there was incredible, it really lit a fire under my a#! to get up there. Definintely gonna plan a trip for July.
As for fishing in the Sangres, I'll start posting pics and info as soon as I get a chance. There's a few nice pictures on my camera at home. Unfortunately every time I catch a cutthroat I am so concerned about safely getting it released that i forget about my camera until I'm watching the fish swim away, oh well. I'd have to say, based on my limited experience (I've only flyfished in Northrn New Mexico and Western New York, although I've fished all over on conventional tackle) that the Sangre de Cristo mountains are a truly spectacular place to fish. The streams are generally small (5'-20' wide), the wildlife and vistas are spectacular, and if you hike a small distance from campgrounds and fishing areas where they dump rainbows by the truckload you'll find some excellent populations of wild browns, with a smattering of bows and cutthroats. The Pecos is the best known of the Sangre streams and certainly holds the biggest fish, 20" fish are regularly if not frequently caught. Most of the wild fish are in the 8"-12" range, with occasional 14"-16". My largest from the Pecos so far is a 16" brown that I'm ashamed to say I caught on a spinning rod with a worm. All I was trying to do was catch some stocked rainbows for dinner. That monster surprised the heck out of me. The major tributaries of the Pecos also offer excellent fishing. Mora Creek is certainly my favorite. It has easy access, pleantly of wild browns. And if you are willing to walk more than 1/2 mile you will practically have the river to yourself. One of my favorite streams to fish on the west slopes of the Sangres is the Rio Santa Barbara. It is a virtually undisturbed watershed and is arguably the best cutthroat stream in the state. Last time i was up there (Early may) I watched a football shaped 14" cutt slam the beadhead hare's ear i was using, then promtly break me off just a few seconds into the fight. At least I got a good look at him. This post is getting a bit long and I better get back to work. More to come later,