Rio Grande River Fly Fishing Report

River Information

The Rio Grande- which translates to "Big River"- is the second longest river in the United States. It gets its start high in the San Juan mountains of Southern Colorado and is home to Rainbow and Brown trout. This freestone has abundant bug life and is particularly popular to float fish.


Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Stoneflies, Caddis, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Streamers

Fall: Caddis, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Streamers


Seasonal Conditions

The river is fishable year round, however the summer and fall are typically the most productive. A wide array of aquatic insects- including Salmonflies- make appearances throughout the warmer months and the fish take notice. Terrestrial patterns with a beadhead dropper can be very effective from mid-summer through fall. Sculpins are plentiful in the river as well and fishing a streamer can be very effective at times. 


River Access

River access is fairly plentiful on the Rio Grande- particularly when accessed through US Forest Service ground. Below the town of South Fork, Hwy 160 follows the river and offers public access as well. As you get closer to Del Norte, the river gains considerable size and gets more difficult to wade. This area is very popular to float fish however.