Cimarron River, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Cimarron River, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Flows out of Eagle Nest Lake are down and just right last few days. Water clarity and water temps have been good. Good to excellent dry fly action with these lower flows but fish are on the skittish side. Cloudy afternoons contribute to the good to excellent fishing throughout the day.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
9 / 19 / 2019
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Cimarron River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Doc Thompson

Water flow: 22 cfs and 31 in Cimarron, NM

Visibility: 8 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning through afternoon

Best stretch: Cimarron Canyon State Park and the lower private water.

Best access point: Cimarron Canyon State Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Triocs, Caddis, Hoppers, few Baetis

Fish species: Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout

Fishing season: May through October

Nearest airport: Major airlines fly into Albuquerque International Sunport, private planes can fly into Angel Fire

Cimarron River Description

The Cimarron River is located in Northern New Mexico and flows east from Eagle Nest, NM, through the Cimarron Canyon State Park and continues eastward to Cimarron, NM. There is 8-10 miles of public access in the Cimarron Canyon State Park. Three miles of private water can be accessed through Orvis Endorsed Guide, Doc Thompson.
The Cimarron River is technically a small tailwater that fishes and looks ...

Techniques & Tips

Think outside the box with terrestrials. Fish dries or dries and emergers, in the deeper water might need to switch to dry-n-dropper with smaller bead head nymphs. Wader softly with the lower flows.

7-Day Forecast

Should see fairly good fishable flows over the next week or so, some of this depends on rain. Seeing some caddis, Tricos and hoppers.

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