Blue Stream Fly Fishing
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South Fork Rio Grande - South Fork - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Winter Stoneflies Warmest part of day #16-20 Black Stonefly Nymph
February Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
March Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
April Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
June Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
Green Drakes Midday to afternoon #10-14 Green Drake Dun, Green Drake Nymph
PMDs (Pale Morning Dun) Midday #14-18 PMD Emerger, PMD Dun
July Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
Green Drakes Midday to afternoon #10-14 Green Drake Dun, Green Drake Nymph
PMDs (Pale Morning Dun) Midday #14-18 PMD Emerger, PMD Dun
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
August Golden Stoneflies Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone Nymph, Stimulator
Caddis Afternoon to evening #14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Terrestrials All day #10-16 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
September Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
Terrestrials All day #10-16 Ants, Beetles, Hoppers
October Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
November Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge
Blue-Winged Olives Cloudy days, midday #16-20 BWO Emerger, BWO Dry
December Midges 11am-3pm #18-24 Griffith's Gnat, Zebra Midge

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The South Fork Rio Grande is a popular location in South Fork, teeming with various species of trout, making it a prime area for fly fishing. There are several standout fishing locations on the South Fork Rio Grande:
  • South Fork River Ranch: This private fishing area on the banks of the Rio Grande offers abundant Rainbow and Brown trout. Anglers can hire a guide service for the best experience.
  • Coller State Wildlife Area: With public fishing access, it’s perfect for wading and casting from shore. It’s known for its lush environment and wildlife encounters.
  • Fun Valley: A family-friendly spot with a wide variety of trout. The river flow here is moderate, making it ideal for beginners.
  • Mammoth Creek: One of the tributaries of the South Fork. Renowned for its clear waters, it’s home to large Brown trout.
By visiting these spots, you can ensure an exceptional South Fork fly fishing experience.

Best Access Points

The South Fork Rio Grande – South Fork offers beautiful and promising fly fishing spots for anglers. Below are the best access points:

  • South Fork – Rio Grande Club: Spread along three miles of river, the club allows public fishing for a nominal fee. Good for seasoned anglers.
  • Coller State Wildlife Area: Serving two miles of the river, this spot near Highway 149 is open to anglers of all skill levels. The wildlife area might also offer sighting opportunities of different species.
  • South Fork River Access – Big Meadows: Across the bridge on Highway 160, this spot provides extensive fishing access points and camping areas.
  • Alder Guard Station: Situated by Forest Route 610, this spot allows fishing in broad open water with plenty of room for casting.

Please note that some areas require a fishing license. Always respect the wildlife and other anglers.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: An abundant species in the South Fork Rio Grande, treasured for its high fight intensity and aggressive biting habits.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their striking color patterns, these fish are a favorite among fly fishers.
  • Brook Trout: Although smaller in size compared to others, these fish still offer an enjoyable challenge.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the distinctive red coloration on the underside of its jaw, this species is native to the area.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Their preferred habitat includes faster flowing sections of rivers, where they can put up an impressive fight.
  • Rio Grande Sucker: A local species primarily targeted in the spring season.
  • Golden Trout: These are a subspecies of rainbow trout with vibrant, golden hues.
  • Arctic Grayling: This cold-water fish is sought after for its large, sail-like dorsal fin and stunning coloration.

About The River

The South Fork Rio Grande, popularly known as South Fork, sits surrounded by the majesty of the Colorado Rockies. The vibrant river has thrilling stories to tell from the annals of time.

South Fork’s rich history is intertwined with the Ute Indians, trappers, miners, and homesteaders. The Ute Indians were the first to spot this paradise. Boasting a hunter-gatherer culture, they held the land sacred.

  • The Gold Rush of 1870 sparked a frenzy, breathing life into the dormant town. Miners flocked in large numbers, eagerly seeking their fortunes.
  • The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad’s arrival in 1882, further boosted the town’s development, transporting vital goods and people.
  • Finally, homesteaders settled in the late 1800s, their efforts transforming the rugged terrain into a flourishing and lively community.

Today, South Fork stands a testament to the resilience of these early settlers, enchanting visitors with its untouched landscapes and vibrant history.

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