01/30/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 13
Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

I'm really going to have to get going in order to complete most of the streams in the
nation in order to finish before I want to pick back up on the insects and hatches
that will begin to occur in the Smokies in about a month or so. The Southwestern
area of the U. S.,  or Southern Rocky Mountains, was where I left off a couple of
days ago and is where I'll pick back up today.

Rio Chama River Colorado
This may seem a little strange, but I'm going to jump on up into Colorado to pick up
the headwaters of the Rio Chama River because it has three major sections that will
be included below that flows through New Mexico. The Rio Chama River begins in
Colorado at near 12,000 feet elevation and flows for 130 miles before terminating in
the Rio Grande River. It has wild brown and wild and stocked rainbow trout as well
as plenty of native cutthroat trout in its headwaters. I'll give it an "A minus" in
Colorado.

Rio Chama River New Mexico
The Rio Chama River provides some very good brown trout fishing in the state of
New Mexico. The main river itself flows through a lot of private property but the
brown trout fishing in the public sections that are available to fish are generally very
good. Even so, I couldn't give the main river more than a "B plus".

Rio Chama River - El Vado Reservoir Tailwater New Mexico
The Rio Chama River tailwater section that flows from El Vado Reservoir is a great
little stream for wild brown trout. They average from twelve to twenty inches and are
quite plentiful. It flows through a beautiful canyon. Another "B plus".

Rio Chama River - Abiquiu Reservoir Tailwater New Mexico
This tailwater section of the Rio Chama River is also a very good wild brown trout
stretch of the river. It has a high pH, lots of aquatic insects and some big brown
trout. Another "B plus" stream.

Cimarron River New Mexico
The Cimarron River is another one of New Mexico's excellent wild brown trout
streams. This one is said to have over 4000 trout per mile and it isn't very wide. It's
a tailwater of Eagles Nest Lake in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I'll give this one
an "A minus". It's a very good and very beautiful stream.

Bright Angel Creek Arizona
This stream is one of several that flows into the Grand Canyon. It's actually a spring
creek. It's located on the North rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Its drainage
provides a major route to the canyon for hikers and therefore has good access for
fly fishing Bright Angel Creek. It's in the northern Grand Canyon National Park and
requires a huge amount of effort to fish. It also provides some of the best trout
fishing Arizona has to offer. It has some very nice wild brown trout and wild and
stocked rainbows.

The Black River Arizona
The Black River is a beautiful mountain stream that is the border between the San
Carlos and White Mountain Apache lands. It requires a special daily permit for
fishing and camping. When you are fly fishing the Black River you will be
surrounded with a beautiful alpine forest of spruce and fir trees. The thing that's
most appealing to me is its native Apache Trout. It's one of the few streams where
we have been able to catch these beautiful trout although many other possibilities
exist. It also has plenty of small to medium size, wild brown trout. I'll give it an "A
minus".

I'm sure I'll catch some big question marks for leaving out
Oak Creek in Sedona. It's
certainly a very beautiful stream and it has plenty of wild and stocked trout. It's just
that only small sections of the stream have all wild trout, and even  though it is a
sizeable stream that's very popular and scenic, I couldn't give it over a "B".

There's also many small streams with wild trout that require some long, backcountry
hikes into very remote country that we haven't seen or fished. I'm not sure how
some of those would rank with the ones I have listed.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh