May I suggest driving up through Questa to the Valle Vidal area and fishing the Rio Costilla. I usually try to fish in early Sept, it's gorgeous that time of year. The Shuree ponds are still open and stocked with 16" Rainbows that are a lot of fun to fish. Limit is 2 over 15", though. In the Rio I used #14 Hares ear and assorted Pheasant tail, Copper Johns, and Prince nymphs. In the ponds, use beadheads to get down. Olive wooly buggers were said to be the hot stuff but I didn't have much luck with them. BH Hares ear and Princes were my best flies. Aditional flies may be Blue wing olives soft hackled and Barr's emergers in #16. I even tried a #12 double BH olive stone fly in the pond with some luck. It's a good idea to tie your own since they are pricey in Red River! Good Luck! Glen
The Valle looks great on the video, but it looks like we are going to be sitting right next to the Cimmaron. Couple of questions. How long does it take to get to the Valle from Eagle nest Lake? What can anyone tell me about Tolby, Clear, and Maverick Creek? Found some info on the Cimmaron, but not much on the feeder creeks. Thanks!
Newtofly - From Eagles Nest lake going up through Red River, Questa, and Amalia, it will be around an Hour's drive, depends on how fast you go. Don't be in a hurry, too much to see! Don't know much about the other feeder creeks, except a friend of mine who works for NM Parks told me Tolby is a good place to go for more water. I think that means the Cimarron may be running a bit low. The Cimarron is a very good stream to fish, don't misunderstand, it's just that the Valle's Comanchee and Rio Costilla are so magnificient!
Now, there is another way of getting up to the Valle. East of Cimarron(town) about two miles is a small blue sign that says Valle Vidal. It's a gravel road and a bit rough in places but a 2-wheel PU can make it fine, just go slow. It's 21 miles to the entrance then another 6-8 miles to Shuree ponds, then another 3 miles to streams. I went that way once, wouldn't recommend! Good luck, I know you'll enjoy the trip. Glen E
Thanks a bunch Glen and have been tying flies to get ready for the trip. We will be there in a few weeks and I am looking forward to it as it will be my first NM trip. I keep hearing so many great things about the fishing in NM. Cant wait to get hooked up. I will print out those directions you gave me to the ponds and the Valle. Thanks for all the help and I will let you know how the trip went when we get back.
Saw where they stocked Shuree ponds with 400 - 17 inchers last week. The Cimarron got 1400 rainbows West of Cimarron. The flow is up around 50 in the Rio Costilla. I was leaving on the 8th Sept. May be leaving earlier, now!