Cimarron River

River Information

The Cimarron is an often overlooked, but very productive small stream located in Ouray County. This river is ideal for 2 or 3 weight rods and spending a summer afternoon throwing a bushy dry fly or hopper pattern is tough to beat. The river is full of wild trout that are usually eager to please.  This river is also becoming more and more with Tenkara anglers. 

Below Silver Jack Reservoir, several more miles of fishable water exist and although technically a tailwater, fishes very much like a freestone. 


Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Small Stoneflies, Terrestrials, Attractor Dry Flies

Fall: Mayflies, Caddis, Midges, Terrestrials


Seasonal Conditions

The Cimarron is fishable year round. The dry fly fishing is what really makes this river worth the trip though so the warmer months are going to be your best bet. Bushy dry flies and hopper patterns should keep you in fish all day from summer through early fall. 


River Access

Below Silver Jack Reservoir, several miles of public water exist and the fish are generally bigger here than up above. The Big Blue Wilderness lies above the reservoir and offers good access on both forks of the Cimarron, as well as several easily accessible alpine lakes.