View Full Version : A few summer pics from the Conejos area of south-central CO

05-19-2010, 11:01 AM
These are a few images from the Conejos area of south-central CO. It has a lot of water and does not get as much pressure as most of the other areas of CO. :shh: It is known as CO's wildest corner. And thanks to monsoon rains in July, August and September the Lodgepole Pines are still in great shape and are not decimated like the rest of the state.

Conejos River


A side channel with nice run and hole, always holds nice fish


A Brown with interesting patterns, Conejos River


Another Brown taken with a Royal Wulff


Another healthy, wild Brown


Brown; it is very interesting that fish just a few yards from each other can have such different coloration and patterns


Tobacco Lake; an alpine lake that sits at about 12,000'; not many trout left and they don't stock it anymore


Storm clouds from the monsoon building


05-19-2010, 01:18 PM
Love those clouds... time to head to the car...

05-19-2010, 01:20 PM
thanks. i heard that!

05-19-2010, 06:01 PM
I fished Tobacco lake 10+ years ago. I had just about forgotten it's name until I read your post. Great pics.

05-20-2010, 06:54 AM
Beautiful area! Thanks for sharing them.

Danny S
05-20-2010, 08:15 AM
Gorgeous country and river. Maybe the browns are colored differently because some are from stocked strains? That is a remarkable difference. Have seen the same in other places also and believed it was because some came from a long wild heritage and some from a stocker heritage.

05-20-2010, 10:08 AM
As long as there is no lightening, toss on the rain gear and grab a streamer. That's when the fishing really gets good!

05-20-2010, 08:38 PM
ryan, you fished tobacco lake? that's cool. how did you do?
glad you guys liked the pics, thx.
interesting comment on the differences in trout coloration. thx.
i hear that about wild weather. but the monsoon storms have a lot of energy, and a good part of that is lightning.

05-20-2010, 08:58 PM
Nice brooks. http://users.dakotacom.net/~jeepster/tipshades.gif

05-21-2010, 10:28 AM
Sorry. I meant trout fishing in general. I have not fished that lake, but I do love a good storm to really get the big boys moving. :thumbup:

05-21-2010, 12:55 PM
thx jeepster.
good point soupmix.

06-15-2010, 02:46 PM
Thanks for that pleasant memory jolt . The first fishing I ever did in the USA was in that river , in1995. The first fish , a brown about 15 inches . Sadly I got there the day before an electrofishing survey. At least I got to see what was in the river as the electric fishers moved down past me , even though the conventional fishing was ruined for a few days

06-22-2010, 02:47 PM
that's interesting. what part of the river where you on and what did you see?

07-14-2010, 02:58 PM
Sorry it took me a while to get this figured out . I was below the Elk Creek junction ( which I did also fish one day ) at one of the Campgrounds in the SWA. First I knew was the hooting and shouting, then I saw the drift boat , an inflatable. As it got closer the odd fish rose stunned to the surface . Mostly the fish where about average but those guys reconned they had pulled out some 4 and 5 lb . This all happened a lomg time nad a hell of a lot of fishing time ago so I cant get all the details . The first fish from that river came from a place where the road virtually touched the stream and I couldnt see anything to suggest i shouldnt be there . This Posted land thing was a bit of a mystery to me then , as was the concept of paying to day park in a publically owned space at the camp ground .

07-16-2010, 11:57 AM
Nice pics. Some of my old stomping grounds (I lived in Alamosa for 6 years); I miss the great fishing in that stream !!!! ;)

07-16-2010, 12:00 PM
Used to archery hunt Deer and Elk up in that country (especially around Tobacco & Bear Lake) !!!! :thumbup:

07-20-2010, 01:48 PM
cool. seems like more people are aware of/have fished this area than i would have thought.

07-21-2010, 02:49 PM
The Conjeos was the subject of two magazine articles before 1995 . One in a leading glossy and the other if I recall correctly in a regional Fishing mag . Naturally the travell starved Kiwi focused in on them for his debut in the USA. Along with a little help from the Colorado Angling guidebook . Almost nothing is unknown or unpulicised now .

01-19-2012, 08:19 AM
Nice photos! I love the clouds. Very relaxing view. Thanks for sharing!

01-19-2012, 08:49 AM
Haven't been down that in a long time. May have to plan a trip soon. Nice pictures