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Fishing Report - Los Pinos River

July 07, 2019

With Vallecito Lake filling to capacity last week the flows on the Lower Pine river have been all over the place. It has fluctuated from 2500 cfs to 800 cfs. Keep an eye on the gauge, if the flow has been stable the fishing should be good. Streamers have been moving fish, and fishing hoppers down by Bayfield has been productive. The Caddis hatches have been heavy in the afternoons, and there are still some stoneflies coming off. We have been hooking up to fish in some of the faster water, so be sure to cover the whole river when you fish, they aren't always holding in the obvious spots. Look for the flows to stabilize over the next few weeks as spring runoff ends.

Gauge: https://dwr.state.co.us/surfacewater/data/detail_graph.aspx?ID=PINBVACO&MTYPE=DISCHRG

Patterns

Elk Hair Caddis16-18Tan
Chubby Chernobyl8-12Royal/Tan
Pink Bunny12-16Silver
Graphic Caddis16-18Tan/Green
Girdle Bug6-10Black/Coffee
Cheech Leech2Fall

As of: July 23, 2019

Los Pinos below Vallecito Res
552 cfs

Previous Reports

June 14, 2019

The Los Pinos River is experiencing above average flows with Vallecito Reservoir filling up quickly. Normal conditions are between 400 to 800 cfs through the summer months. Currently, we are experiencing the river around 2300 cfs. While most of the river is big and moving fast, the water is fairly clear. There are still fishing opportunities to be had despite the flows. Heavy nymph rigs and long leaders are essential for success. Big water can produce big fish!

Patterns

Flashback Hares Ear8-16Natural
Devil Jig12-16Black, Gold
RS218Tan, Olive
UV Baetis Jig14Olive

April 23, 2019

Fishing is excellent/consistent over the last week. Flows are slowly increasing but not enough to affect the fish. Nymphing has been producing the most fish with an occasional streamer follow and eat. Without a doubt the best river conditions in Southwest CO at the moment. If your interested in fishing the Pine, don't hesitate to contact us!

Patterns

Bubble-back Pheasant Tail Emerger14-18Natural
Zebra Midge18-22Olive, Black
Big Mac20Chocolate, Tan
Tungsten Surveyor 16-20Natural Tan

April 12, 2019

This tail-water river is currently the regions most consistent fishery. Flows around 300 CFS are ideal to target trophy fish, enough water to provide cover for the fish, but not too much for the angler to wade. Quality rainbows and browns are being landed with a few solid shots at some much bigger fish. Conditions won't last long with higher flows forecasted in the next few weeks. Call the shop for further questions or to book your spot.

Patterns

Mirco Mayfly18Olive, brown
UV Emerger18-22Blacks, Tan
RS220Olive, Brown, Black
Euro Caddis Nymph12Tan

April 02, 2019

The river flows are up and the fishing is excellent. All winter the flows remained around 5 cfs and now we are experiencing flows around 355 cfs. The fish are feeding aggressively and are not picky. Streamers and nymphs and producing fish with consistency. Still a little early for dry flies. The water is holding steady but is expected to increase in the coming weeks. This is a fantastic river that holds trophy fish. Call the shop to book, we promise it's worth it!

Patterns

Sex Dungeon4Olive
Scupzilla4Black
Metallic Caddis Larva16Chartreuse
Devil Jig14Copper
Pheasant Tail18Natural
Zebra Midge20Black, Olive