Fly fishing Colorado’s remote Conejos River

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Fly fishing Colorado’s remote Conejos River

Isolation a big part of appeal to fishermen
Fish such as this brown trout thrive in the Conejos River with plenty of bugs to gobble up.
Catching a 5-pound rainbow trout is possible on the Conejos River throughout the summer and fall seasons, but you better be willing to get up early before the fish fill up.
If you go

Fly Shop: Conejos River Anglers in Antonito is a full-service fly shop and guide service for the region. Pat Blankenship is the current owner and head guide, and the shop employs at least five other guides. Trips to other quality area streams such as La Jara Creek and the Rio de los Pinos can also be arranged. Rooms can be reserved at several small cabins on the property. Contact the shop at 719-376-5660, or go to their website at www.conejosriveranglers.com.


Lodging: The town of Antonito offers a few inns and guest houses, including the Steam Train Hotel. Dining is limited to a small number of restaurants such as the Dutch Mill Café. The Rainbow Trout Ranch also provides lodging, horseback riding and dining for guests as well as access to private sections of the Conejos. Other local lodges, ranches, and outfitters offer similar services.


Camping: There are plenty of riverside campgrounds, both private and public, with multiple Forest Service campgrounds including Lake Fork, Aspen Glade, Mogote and Spectacle Lake.


More recreation: Hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing, biking, wildlife viewing and countless other outdoor activities are available year-round in Conejos County and the vast Rio Grande National Forest. The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, the area’s biggest tourist attraction, is a narrow gauge, circa-1880 railroad with breathtaking views of Cumbres Pass and the Toltec Gorge. More information on the train is available at www.cumbrestoltec.com.


Durango Herald

Fly fishing Colorado’s remote Conejos River

Fish such as this brown trout thrive in the Conejos River with plenty of bugs to gobble up.
Catching a 5-pound rainbow trout is possible on the Conejos River throughout the summer and fall seasons, but you better be willing to get up early before the fish fill up.
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