Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Cimarron River New
The Cimarron River is a small tailwater located in northern
New Mexico. This is one of the best small stream brown
trout fisheries in the Southwestern United States. It has as
many as 4,000 wild brown trout per mile of stream. These
brown trout average about 12 to 14 inches but grow much
larger. The stream is stocked with a few rainbows. This
tailwater flows from Eagles Nest Lake in the eastern side
of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Fly fishing the
Cimarron River is easy due to the small width of the
stream and the easy wading it provides.
The Cimarron Canyon State Park and the Colin Neblett
Wildlife Area provide about nine miles of public access to
the stream. The state park section of the stream begins at
US Highway #64 bridge just upstream of the Tolby
Campground. It ends near the little town of Ute Park New
Mexico. About two miles of this stream flows through
The river flows moderately through pools, riffles and runs.
It has some pocket water and fast water but the majority is
smooth flowing. The stream is lined with cottonwood trees
and willows along with a mixture of other trees. It only
averages about fifteen feet wide. There are beaver dams
and undercut banks along its way. The irrigation season
runs from May to September. During this time (majority of
the season) ranches and farmers use the water the flows
can be rather high at times.
This stream has a huge population of aquatic insects
consisting of mayflies, caddisflies and stoneflies. Dry fly
fishing can be good at times but most fishing success
comes from fishing nymphs and streamers.
The best part of the season starts in early May and
continues through most of October.
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing the Cimarron
The water stays cool all summer long and fishing remains
Fall can be the best time to fish. The brown trout spawn
during the Fall.
Click Here For Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies
Free Shipping Continental U. S.
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
|Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing this stream and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions. Please
allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will
help you decide which flies you need.
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
Shipping is free in the U. S. Orders
over $50 are shipped Priority Mail.