Red River 58 cfs at hatchery- For those willing to hike down into the canyon, a dry fly paradise awaits. It has been a bit more crowded than usual due to forest closures, but if you can find a patch of water to yourself, tie on a scruffy dry and enjoy. Pocket water fishing; if you can get your dry to hang out in some of the tighter spots, nice browns can be had.
Rio Costilla 51 cfs near Costilla- Valle Vidal and RCCLA opened up this weekend. I fished it yesterday (07/24) and found it pretty much deserted for a sunday in July, with easy fish everywhere. Using only dry flies, I caught pure rio grande cutts, cuttbows, brook trout, and one pretty ten inch brown. Rains rolled in during the afternoon and I switched from a large dry to a small mayfly pattern got fish up to 14".
Culebra 58.6 out of dam- Check flows before you go. Lots of fluctuation out of the dam lately has been affecting fishing. If flows are steady and under sixty, expect good fishing. Lots of cranefly and little yellow sally activity-nymphs imitating these bugs are working very well. If water bumps up and clarity drops to chocolate milk, get out your biggest baddest streamer, resign yourself to getting moss off your fly with every other cast, and hope for a rabid attack from the biggest fish in the stream.
Cimarron 26 cfs out of dam- Public water still closed, but private water fishing very well, with lots of dry fly activity. Caddis and mayflies both great bets.
Conejos-273 cfs near Mogote- With flows finally stabilized and manageable, the Conejos is a fantastic option. The meadows below Platoro are very buggy right now with lots of different hatches and feeding fish. Get the drift right, fish a small mayfly, enjoy. If no active fish, nymphing is a good bet if you can stand staring at your indicator all day. Streamer fishing is my technique of choice when fish don't seem to be moving around on the Conejos, especially if the day is overcast. Check Conejos River Anglers (.com) for up to date fishing info and the current hot flies.