Heading west to the Cimarron River tomorrow with family/friends. A little early, but I hope there will be some Salmonflys out.
We were going to go to Horseshoe Bend campground near Rogers, AR (possibly hit the Beaver tailwater) but the weather forecast isn't that great with some possible severe T-storms on Sat, so we're going the other direction. Looking forward to the lows of the mid/upper 30s at night since it's been hot the last couple of days. Trip report...post...trip...
Post by hankinsfly on May 25, 2017 19:37:57 GMT -6
Just looking to find some magnum bluegills in the Wichita Mntns and some bass on top. Sure sure sure wish I could head to the Cimarron and Rio Grande Gorge near Questa. Spent a lot of time at both. Red River is cool too. And Costilla. And Latir lakes. And the Santa Fe area. If y'all are camping, you might consider the Wild Rivers Recreation area at Questa, which is the confluence of the Red and Rio. Better campground (imo) and more to do for the family. Or do both, Rio first then Cimarron on the the way home. Go to Taos too and look at the hippies.
Last Edit: May 25, 2017 19:39:55 GMT -6 by hankinsfly
Yeah I really want to hit the Rio Grande or Costilla some day and other quality rivers...just only so much you can do in a four day weekend. Yea, Questa is about another hour west. Red River is about 35 mins--we could hit that up, but I bet the fishing experience is similar to the Cimarron (at least near the town)... Not sure if there are as many fish per mile as the Cimarron though. Still, might be worth it to explore! Good luck on your bluegill quest!
The Cimarron has some BIG browns for such a small river. Lots of bugs. I Fish a lot of elk hair types and droppers. I've only ever been in August though and would love be to be there this early in the year. I'll bet you'll find some good fishing. If it were me, I wouldn't bother with the Red in town, but just fish from the hatchery down to the Rio whenever you do get to that area. I've pulled lots of nice, wild cuttbows here. I would like to give the Rio Hondo a closer look some day, lots of browns and bugs here. The Hondo goes up to Taos ski village. Another place, whcich I've never been to but really want to try, I believe is called the little Rio Grande and flows into the main Rio south of Taos. Again, more browns and pocket water. Something you all might consider though is looking around Eagle Nest lake for rainbows, also might find some big pike. There are lots of black bears around the area, which I'm sure you are aware of, so be sure to use the boxes at the campsites if you camp on the Cimarron.
Fishing has been off the hook here. I've been Euro numbing the whole time. My 8 yr old has hooked 10 and landed 4. He loves it. Lot of wild browns. Ate a decent stocker rainbow for a snack. The water was a chilly 44 this morning. I didn't put on my waders--damn that stings
Oh yeah. Fish been hitting the Pliva Perdigon like crazy. Some on Egans Red Tag and more on a CDC jig with a hot pink collar. Few mins by the fire then hammock for 15 then I'm hitting a nice pool again.