Trout Bum Rio Pico 2021/22 Season Report
This last season of the Trout Bum Rio Pico program was one of our best yet across the board, and I’m expecting this next season to be even better. That’s because we’ve had more snow over the winter than in any of the last fifteen years (it’s snowing in Rio Pico as I write this), and that means water levels are going to be better than they have in a decade and a half.
Several new accesses have been added to waters around Rio Pico that resulted in great fishing throughout the summer, including one spot with what amounts to sight casting on flats with dry flies for rainbows that were measured all year between 25” and 33”. We’ve added a camping option on this lake as well for the coming season, which eliminates drive time for that fishery and allows for dawn and dusk fishing to hatches that were never accessible before!
All the usual spring creeks and freestones fished well with perhaps better dry fly and mousing results than the season before the closure, and all of the usual lakes fished well too in all the usual ways, with the exception of Lago Engaño which has definitely seen some changes. Those changes can be looked at in two ways though: while the average size of the Brook Trout in that water has decreased by what I would estimate to be 50% (going from 7 pounds to 3.5), the average number of fish landed there in a day has increased by a factor of 10 or more, with many days seeing 30+ fish per angler being brought to net. The calendar for this coming season in Rio Pico is already quite full, but get in touch right away if you’d like to look into a trip; I’ll do my best and we should be able to work you into the slots still left.