the Red Rock River
The Red Rock River provides excellent fly fishing for cutthroat trout
and grayling in its upper stretch and good fishing for brown and rainbow
trout below Lima Reservoir. Current fishing regulations prohibit fishing
on Upper Red
Rock Lake and Lower Red Rock Lake, as well as on the river between
these two lakes. Due to slow water, warm temperatures and bank erosion,
the river section between Red Rocks National Wildlife Refuge and Lima
Reservoir does not provide quality fly fishing.
For the upper stretch of the Red Rock River, above the wildlife refuge,
anglers will find plentiful numbers cutthroat trout and graylings. Fishing
dry flies is the best approach on the upper section. Standard patterns
such as the Adams and Elk Hair Caddis work well for these eager fish.
Attractor patterns also work fine, as the fish are not picky about what
they eat. Angling pressure on this section of the river is very light.
Access to the Red Rock River above Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
is excellent as it flows through public lands.
Below Lima Reservoir, the fly fishing is for primarily rainbow trout
and some brown trout further downstream near Lima Reservoir. As the river
runs primarily through private land, access is spotty, and the bulk of
the fishing pressure occurs around the one bridge that crosses the river.
For those willing to venture away from the bridge, it is quite likely
that anglers will have the river to themselves.
The lower stretch of the Red Rock River, like the upper part, provides
decent dry fly fishing. A good fly selection for this section of river
would include the Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis and Pale Morning Duns.
Hoppers are also excellent flies to use beginning in July, as the river
flows through prime grasshoopper country. When fishing for brown trout,
large streamers such as Muddler Minnows and Wolly Buggers, fished along
the undercut banks, will catch fish. The best time to fly fish for brown
trout is in the fall when the water has cooled. Average rainbows on the
lower stretch will run ten to twelve inches. Brown trout can get up to
three to four pounds.
Overall, Red Rock River provides decent fly fishing in a remote environment.
What prevents it from becoming another destination river is its very
remote location, its status as primarily a wading river and its difficult
access. Despite this, Red Rock River will provide a visiting angler with
a nice trip in scenic country (at least in the upper stretch of the river),
well away from the hordes of anglers found in the areas more popular
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