Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Thursday April 10, 2014

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San Juan River 322 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
I am still getting very good reports on the Juan. The clarity of the river below the dam is getting better every day and is around 30 inches. As a result, the fish are turning their attention to midges and baetis and are more reluctant to eat eggs and worms. A little flash in your flies is still a good thing. Dry fly fishing is coming back with some afternoon baetis hatches below Texas Hole, especially on the overcast days. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flas and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   56 cfs near Pecos; Fair to Good: at Villanueva State Park; Slow  
The fishing is getting better up above the village of Pecos evry day. Stoneflies are molting and moving about making themselves available to fish. Baetis are also ver active and can provide a hatch after lunch especially if it's cloudy. All of the forest service public accesses are open below Terrero. Bert Clancey and Terrero Campground will re-open Friday April 18th. Game and Fish has stocked from Terrero downstream and many of the ares devoid of fish are now stocked.  The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday.  Currently the fishing program is still suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until further notice. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 172 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 312 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for trout, Slow for pike, Slow to Poor for smallmouth bass
Good news from the Rio!! First off, the caddis hatch is underway, and secondly, irrigation has begun in Colorado making the river very clear and wadeable. Caddis and blue winged olives are providing some dry fly action, but as usual, most of the fish are eating underwater. The best dry fly time for caddis is late in the evening. Blue winged olives are out from noon to four or five in the afternoon which is about the timethe caddis adults are coming back to the water. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and caddis pupa and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  46 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock are all fishing well during the warmer part of the day. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low and clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume starting May 16th. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  296 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 127 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 401 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is stirred up and very murky. Pretty typical after running so low for so long. It's really time to fish elsewhere anyway. The release below El Vado has also been increased a little over a week ago. I like flows of aroung 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado. The extra water aids your drift and increases the opportunities down from Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is in full runoff and it'll only increase in flow for another few weeks to a month. Look elsewhere. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 526 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is also in the beginning stages of spring runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with atreamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 505 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 733 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The fishing is best from Salida upstream to Granite. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishiing out of a boat your best option. Some of the extra water is coming out of Twin Lakes. Water is also being released out of Turquoise Reservoir which may help the fishing in Hayden Meadows. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's spring in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Tuesday March 18, 2014

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San Juan River 322 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Mna the reports I've been getting lately on the Juan have all been very good. The clarity of the river below the dam is getting better every day and is around 30 inches. As a result, the fish are turning their attention to midges and baetis and are more reluctant to eat eggs and worms. A little flash in your flies is still a good thing. Dry fly fishing is coming back with some afternoon baetis hatches below Texas Hole, especially on the overcast days. Balck and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flas and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   33 cfs near Pecos; Slow to Fair: at Villanueva State Park; Slow to Fair 
Villanueva State Park hasn't been stocked since the 6th. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing in the park is on it's way out as there won't be any more plantings of fish and there is better fishing to be had elsewhere. The fishing is getting better up above the village of Pecos. Although the public accesses are open below Terrero, it still pays to go above Terrero as the lower river hasn't been stocked after last summers fish kills. Alot of the bugs are back and the fishing should be good once the stae stocks the lower river. The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with this summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is still suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until further notice. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 489 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 648 cfs at Pilar; Slow for pike, Slow for trout, Slow to Poor for smallmouth bass
Some of the recent snows we had is melting at lower elevations and is affecting the river. It's a little colder, higher and murky than earlier in the month.. Fishing may improve as flows stabilize and clarity gets better or runoff may happen early if we get back into that unseasonably warm weather that we have been experiencing. Keep checking back to see what will befall the Rio.Caddis might come off if the conditions are right near the end of the month. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and caddis pupa and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  34 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock are starting to fish well during the warmer part of the day. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low and clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume this starting May 16th. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  94 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 50 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 82 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river below Abiquiu continues to fish well. The upper portion towards the dam is receiving the most pressure. The lower portions are fishing better with warmer weather and have less pressure. The release has been steady and the clarity is good. Lots of midges and baetis right now. The release below El Vado has been reduced to an all time low. I haven't seen it this low for a long time. It might make it easier for people to find fish in the reduced habitat, but the real downer is that it takes some patience to watch your slow drift. Also. the lack of velocity means that the tailwater effect, warmer water coming out of the lake bottom, does not last long downstream. I like a little more water here. Best fishing from Coopers towards the dam. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 265 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas was fishing fair but things may have changed with a little local runoff entering the river. The best fishing is near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River 354 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 496 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. The extra water is coming out of Twin Lakes. Usually this slows the fishing down from Granite to Salida with the influx of cold water but currently it has a stabilizing effect on water temps and the increased velocity is making more food available to trout. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's spring in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday February 17., 2014

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San Juan River 306 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake has turned over and the clarity of the river below the dam has been reduced to a foot at best. This has definitely stalled the dry fly fishing. The fish are still biting, just use the flies we refer to as junk such as San Juan worms, egg patterns, chamois leeches, and bunny leeches. Basically bigger stuff with some color that'll get noticed in the murky water. The catching is still good despite the water clarity. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good 
Villanueva State Park got a fresh planting of fish on the 6th. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing in the park is fair to good depending on the day and how recently it was stocked. Weekdays are far better than weekends. The fishing is very slow up above the village of Pecos. There is ice in many of the shaded runs and the water and the fish are cold! The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. We have seen some bug life as far down as Windy Bridge and are seeing some fish down here as well. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with this summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until spring. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 371 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 573 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
Some of the recent snow we had is melting at lower elevations and is affecting the river. It's a little colder, higher and murky than last week, but should improve as the snow melts off and we get back into warmer weather. The most active bugs are midges although you can get a short lived baetis hatch on overcast days. Small pheasant tails, oops fly, anato-mays, and micromays are picking up a few of the feeding fish. .Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you saw, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  29 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez River was stocked in late January. The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock can fish well during the winter. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve will resume this spring. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  50 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair: and 70 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
 The water clarity below Abiquiu has improved with about a 30 inches of visibility. The release is down from last month but should remain fairly steady. Bigger flashier nymphs or streamers with a trailing beatis or midge pattern would be the way to go. The release below El Vado has been reduced. I haven't seen it this low for a long time. It might make it easier for people to find fish in the reduced habitat, but the real downer is that it takes some patience to watch your slow drift. Also. the lack of velocity means that the tailwater effect, warmer water coming out of the lake bottom, does not last long downstream. I like a little more water here. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 164 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is fishing fair especially near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River ice at Granite; Slow to Fair: 271 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. It's winter time and the fish tend to hold in deeper water and may come out to feed if there is midge or blue winged olive activity. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's winter in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday February 9, 2014

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San Juan River 306 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake has turned over and the clarity of the river below the dam has been reduced to a foot at best. This has definitely stalled the dry fly fishing. The fish are still biting, just use the flies we refer to as junk such as San Juan worms, egg patterns, chamois leeches, and bunny leeches. Basically bigger stuff with some color that'll get noticed in the murky water. The catching is still good despite the water clarity. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good 
Villanueva State Park got a fresh planting of fish on the 6th. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing in the park is fair to good depending on the day and how recently it was stocked. Weekdays are far better than weekends. The fishing is very slow up above the village of Pecos. There is ice in many of the shaded runs and the water and the fish are cold! The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. We have seen some bug life as far down as Windy Bridge and are seeing some fish down here as well. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with this summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until spring. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 275 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 484 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
Some of the recent snow we had is melting at lower elevations and is affecting the river. It's a little colder, higher and murky than last week, but should improve with warmer weather. The most active bugs are midges although you can get a short lived baetis hatch on overcast days. Small pheasant tails, oops fly, anato-mays, and micromays are picking up a few of the feeding fish. .Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you saw, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  22 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez River got it's first stocking as a winter trout water in December but hasn't been stocked since. The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock can fish well during the winter. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Predserve will resume this spring. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  50 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 65 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
 The water clarity below Abiquiu has improved with about a 30 inches of visibility. The release is down from last month but should remain fairly steady. Bigger flashier nymphs or streamers with a trailing beatis or midge pattern would be the way to go. The release below El Vado has been reduced. I haven't seen it this low for a long time. It might make it easier for people to find fish in the reduced habitat, but the real downer is that it takes some patience to watch your slow drift. Also. the lack of velocity means that the tailwater effect, warmer water coming out of the lake bottom, does not last long downstream. I like the extra water here. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 164 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is fishing fair especially near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River ice at Granite; Slow to Fair: 239 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. It's winter time and the fish tend to hold in deeper water and may come out to feed if there is midge or blue winged olive activity. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's winter in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Tuesday January 28, 2014

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Learn more at http://www.100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp

San Juan River 297 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake has turned over and the clarity of the river below the dam has been reduced to a foot at best. This has definitely stalled the dry fly fishing. The fish are still biting, just use the flies we refer to as junk such as San Juan worms, egg patterns, chamois leeches, and bunny leeches. Basically bigger stuff with some color that'll get noticed in the murky water.. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good 
Villanueva State Park hasn't been stocked for a few weeks so I suspect that the catch rate has suffered some. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing in the park is fair to good depending on the day and how recently it was stocked. Weekdays are far better than weekends. The fishing is very slow up above the village of Pecos. There is ice in many of the shaded runs and the water and the fish are cold! The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. We have seen some bug life as far down as Windy Bridge and are seeing some fish down here as well. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with this summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until spring. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 250 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 446 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice wadeable level and fairly clear. It will fish better for trout on warmer days and really after a warm night. The most active bugs are midges although you can get a short lived baetis hatch on overcast days. Small pheasant tails, oops fly, anato-mays, and micromays are picking up a few of the feeding fish. .Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you saw, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  17 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez River got it's first stocking as a winter trout water in December but hasn't been stocked since. The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock can fish well during the winter. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Predserve will resume this spring. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  50 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 68 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
 The water clarity below Abiquiu has improved with about a 30 inches of visibility. The release is down from last month but should remain fairly steady. Bigger flashier nymphs or streamers with a trailing beatis or midge pattern would be the way to go. The release below El Vado has been reduced. I haven't seen it this low for a long time. It might make it easier for people to find fish in the reduced habitat, but the real downer is that it takes some patience to watch your slow drift. Also. the lack of velocity means that the tailwater effect, warmer water coming out of the lake bottom, does not last long downstream. I like the extra water here. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 172 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is fishing fair especially near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River ice at Granite; Slow to Fair: 214 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. It's winter time and the fish tend to hold in deeper water and may come out to feed if there is midge or blue winged olive activity. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's winter in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday January 13, 2014

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San Juan River 279 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake has turned over and the clarity of the river below the dam has been reduced to a foot at best. This has definitely stalled the dry fly fishing. The fish are still biting, just use the junk as we refer to San Juan worms, egg patterns, chamois leeches, and bunny leeches. Basically bigger stuff with some color that'll get noticed in the murky water.. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good 
Villanueva Stae Park was recently stocked again last week. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing in the park is fair to good depending on the day and how recently it was stocked. Weekdays are far better than weekends. The fishing is very slow up above the village of Pecos. There is ice in many of the shaded runs and the water and the fish are cold! The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. We have seen some bug life as far down as Windy Bridge and are seeing some fish down here as well. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with this summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until spring. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 259 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 416 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice wadeable level and fairly clear. It will fish better for trout on warmer days and really after a warm night. The most active bugs are midges although you can get a short lived baetis hatch on overcast days. Small pheasant tails, oops fly, anato-mays, and micromays are picking up quite a few of the feeding fish. .Pike fishing is slow. Guage your success by how many you saw, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  8 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez River got it's first stocking as a winter trout water in December but hasn't been stocked since. The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock can fish well during the winter. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Predserve is over for this year. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  50 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 82 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
 The water clarity below Abiquiu has improved with about a 30 inches of visibility. The release is down from last month but should remain fairly steady. Bigger flashier nymphs or streamers with a trailing beatis or midge pattern would be the way to go. The release below El Vado has been reduced. I haven't seen it this low for a long time. It might make it easier for people to find fish in the reduced habitat, but the real downer is that it takes some patience to watch your slow drift. Also. the lack of velocity means that the tailwater effect, warmer water coming out of the lake bottom, does not last long downstream. I like the extra water here. It makes it harder for people to fish over the spawners. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 194 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is fishing fair especially near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River ice at Granite; Slow to Fair: 190 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. It's winter time and the fish tend to hold in deeper water and may come out to feed if there is midge or blue winged olive activity. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's winter in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday January 13, 2014

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San Juan River 279 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake has turned over and the clarity of the river below the dam has been reduced to a foot at best. This has definitely stalled the dry fly fishing. The fish are still biting, just use the junk as we refer to San Juan worms, egg patterns, chamois leeches, and bunny leeches. Basically bigger stuff with some color that'll get noticed in the murky water.. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good 
Villanueva Stae Park was recently stocked again last week. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing in the park is fair to good depending on the day and how recently it was stocked. Weekdays are far better than weekends. The fishing is very slow up above the village of Pecos. There is ice in many of the shaded runs and the water and the fish are cold! The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. We have seen some bug life as far down as Windy Bridge and are seeing some fish down here as well. The outlook for the Pecos for this spring is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with this summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until spring. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 259 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 416 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice wadeable level and fairly clear. It will fish better for trout on warmer days and really after a warm night. The most active bugs are midges although you can get a short lived baetis hatch on overcast days. Small pheasant tails, oops fly, anato-mays, and micromays are picking up quite a few of the feeding fish. .Pike fishing is slow. Guage your success by how many you saw, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  8 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez River got it's first stocking as a winter trout water in December but hasn't been stocked since. The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleship Rock can fish well during the winter. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and harder to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Predserve is over for this year. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  50 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 82 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
 The water clarity below Abiquiu has improved with about a 30 inches of visibility. The release is down from last month but should remain fairly steady. Bigger flashier nymphs or streamers with a trailing beatis or midge pattern would be the way to go. The release below El Vado has been reduced. I haven't seen it this low for a long time. It might make it easier for people to find fish in the reduced habitat, but the real downer is that it takes some patience to watch your slow drift. Also. the lack of velocity means that the tailwater effect, warmer water coming out of the lake bottom, does not last long downstream. I like the extra water here. It makes it harder for people to fish over the spawners. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 194 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is fishing fair especially near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River ice at Granite; Slow to Fair: 190 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. It's winter time and the fish tend to hold in deeper water and may come out to feed if there is midge or blue winged olive activity. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's winter in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday December 23, 2013

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San Juan River 234 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Good cloudy day baetis hatches and midges are also hatching up and down the whole quality water section. Fish above Texas Hole up to the dam in the morning for midging fish. Pay attention to the behavior of the fish. They are working mid-column and are not on the bottom. The best colors are a black larvae or pupa, or gray or olive larvae and pupa.The BWO hatch is still coming off below Texas Hole around 12:30. The hatch is anywhere from lower Texas hole down to the end of bait  water. Foam wings and Johnny flash are working while the baetis are active. Watch out for moss on your flies. The fish will not take them if your rig isn't clean. With lower flows the bites will be lighter and you will have to fish shallow rigs to avoid hanging up on the bottom of the river. San Juan worms, leaches, red or orange larvae or egg patterns become more useful. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good 
Villanueva Stae Park has had it's first stocking of the season. Egg patterns, copper johns in bright colors and buggers tend to work on the stockers. Fishing ought to be good this holiday week, or at least until it gets fished out. Game and Fish has not re-stocked the upper Pecos below Terrero, but some fish may have moved downstream since this summer. Better fish density and definitely better fishing is still above Terrero. The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. We have seen some bug life as far down as Windy Bridge and are seeing some fish down here as well. The outlook for the Pecos for next year is looking more promising everyday. Keep your fingers crossed that we don't get a lot of flooding with next summer's rains. Currently the fishing program is suspended at Pecos National Historical Park until spring. To check for dates and availability for the 2014 spring fishing season see the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. 

Rio Grande 308 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 482 cfs at Pilar; Slow for pike, Fair to Good for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice wadeable level and fairly clear. It will fish better on warmer days and really after a warm night. The most active bugs are midges although you can get a short lived baetis hatch on overcast days. . The hatches of blue winged olives has been sporadic, but nymphing has been very productive. Small pheasant tails, oops fly, anato-mays, and micromays are picking up quite a few of the feeding fish. Streamers and bigger fare like crane fly larva are working on the pre-spawn browns. The bigger more flashy nymphs and streamers will likely be easier for the fish to see until things clear up a bit. Please be aware of the spawners and if you see them, leave them alone. The smallmouth are not eating like they did mid-summer but a few are still eating nymphs and streamers.Pike fishing is slow. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  10 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow to Fair
The lower Jemez River got it's first stocking as a winter trout water last week. The lower Jemez, the lower Guadalupe, and even the East Fork up from Battleshop Rock can fish well during the winter. The fish will eat nymphs 99 percent of the time, but try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the low clear water you'll see in the winter. The upper streams are colder and fishing is much slower and hrader to get to. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Predserve is over for this year. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Cimarron River  23 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; No Reports
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is surprisingly up from a normal flow for this time of year. I haven't had any reports, but it might make for a good place to go as other winter trout waters near Taos get crowded for the holidays. Think small like baetis and midges and stay fairly close to the dam for the warmest water and most active fish.

Chama River  233 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 79 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
 The water clarity below Abiquiu has improved with about a 30 inches of visibility. The release is down from earlier in the month but should remain fairly steady. Bigger flashier nymphs or streamers with a trailing beatis or midge pattern would be the way to go. The release below El Vado isdown slightly. I like the extra water here. It makes it harder for people to fish over the spawners. Same flies and tactics as below Abiquiu. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 221 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is fishing fair especially near Durango and down into the Southern Ute waters. The water is colder and fishing is slower the farther you go upstream.. Fishing the deeper runs and pools with big stonefly nymphs and a trailing baetis nymph and streamers are getting some fish or cover the deeper runs with streamers..    

Arkansas River ice at Granite; Slow to Fair: 265 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is slow from Salida upstream. The frigid temps in the valley have had their impact on water temps. Consider fishing way downstream of Salida down to the Royal Gorge or give the tailwater below Pueblo Reservoir a try. It's winter time and the fish tend to hold in deeper water and may come out to feed if there is midge or blue winged olive activity. The best fishing will be in the warmest part of the day, generally from 11-3.  Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

It's autumn in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.

Please see our announcements page for more news and upcoming events!

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

Click on Public Lands Information Center from our links page for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.