South Fork of the Rio Grande Fly Fishing Report

River Information

The South Fork of the Rio Grande is the largest tributary of the Rio Grande. The South Fork will fish much like the main stem of the Rio. 


Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges,Mayflies

Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Stoneflies, Streamers

Fall: Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, Streamers Terrestrials


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

From the town of South Fork (where the river meets the Rio Grande), take Hwy 160 approximately 4 miles towards Pagosa Springs. There will be a campground on your left. Park here and hike up or down river.