Monday, February 13, 2017

The Monday February 13, 2017 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Winter storms and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 528 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Navajo Lake has turned over and the river out of the dam is murky. Fishing as always is good as long as your tactics match the conditions. Go with a little larger version of the usual flies or add something with some flash or sparkle. Streamers work well at this time as does the old stand-by, the San Juan worm. The release below Navajo Dam has gone up which should help spread the fish and anglers out and keep some warmer water flowing further downstream. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again.  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  11 on the Rio Mora; Slow:  Ice on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow  
Fishing did pick up a little with the warm weather of last week. We are supposed ot be in a warm spell once this latest storm passes. Give it a few days for the lower elevation snow to melt and reduce it's affect on the river. You can catch fish, but you'll have to be rather methodical and take advantage of the warmer water in the afternoons. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies like baetis or midge patterns. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low and fishing is slow. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river.

Rio Grande 555 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 747 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio came up quite a bit in flow with last week's warmer weather. It's murky and it'll take a week or so for for the temps to stabilize. Better fishing is around the corner with spring coming on. If you go, throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing has also slowed but will rebound quickly with a few degrees warmer water temps. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  98 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair
The lower main stem Jemez is pretty high and murky. Maybe up higher on one of the feeders like the East Fork or San Antonio. Expect things to be slow until mid-day after some warming has taken place. Be methodical and near the bottom with small nymphs to catch fish. Give it a week or so for the flows to come down to normal and clear up a bit on the lower Jemez or the lower Guadalupe.  The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system or designated fishing seasons. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  above Chama; Slow: Ice above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 114 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair: and 79 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Good
The upper Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped well below freezing so fishing is definitely slow. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is also quite cold. The fishing can be better below Heron Dam outlet with warmer water pouring from the dam. The release below El Vado is wadeable. This low flow unfortunately does not send as much warm water flowing downriver so the best fishing is around Coopers. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. I find the fishing best between 200 and 300 cfs. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down.  It could benefit from a higher release as well for better fishing downriver. It's clear and people are catching fish. The same fly choices below El Vado would work here as well as #18-20 black midge larvae and pupae.. 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  282 cfs at Durango; Slow  
The Animas is up in flow and I suspect a little murky from some snow melt that occurred last week.  decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce.

The Conejos River 11 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Slow: Ice at Mogote; Slow 
The Conejos is best left alone for the anglers sake for a few more weeks or so. It does have a fantastic pre-runoff window starting late February until early April. Be patient as good fishing is only a few weeks away.

Arkansas River 278 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 415 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows. The release out of Twin Lakes is at 204 cfs and decent fishing can be had below the outflow into the Ark. I would also suspect decent fishing downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon on the warmer days. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking, you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The January 30, 2017 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Winter storms and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 506 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Navajo Lake has turned over and the river out of the dam is murky. Fishing as always is good as long as your tactics match the conditions. Go with a little larger version of the usual flies or add something with some flash or sparkle. Streamers work well at this time as does the old stand-by, the San Juan worm. The release below Navajo Dam has gone up which should help spread the fish and anglers out and keep some warmer water flowing further downstream. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again.  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  3.6 on the Rio Mora; Slow:  Ice on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow  
Fishing has slowed a lot with the colder temps. There is ice on some of the shaded stretches that don't see a lot of sun. You can catch fish, but you'll have to be rather methodical and take advantage of the warmer water in the afternoons. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies like baetis or midge patterns. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low and fishing is slow. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river.

Rio Grande 356 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 498 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow to Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio Grande Gorge is a natural cold sink, so when we get these near zero degree nights, it takes a lot of sun energy to warm things up. Better fishing is around the corner with spring coming on. If you go, throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing has also slowed but will rebound quickly with a few degrees warmer water temps. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  24fs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair
The lower main stem Jemez or the lower Guadalupe from Gilman Tunnels downstream would be your best places to fish here. Expect things to be slow until mid-day after some warming has taken place. Be methodical and near the bottom with small nymphs to catch fish. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system or designated fishing seasons. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  above Chama; Slow: Ice above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 101 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair: and 79 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Good
The upper Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped well below freezing so fishing is definitely slow. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is also quite cold. The fishing can be better below Heron Dam outlet with warmer water pouring from the dam. The release below El Vado is wadeable. This low flow unfortunately does not send as much warm water flowing downriver so the best fishing is around Coopers. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. I find the fishing best between 200 and 300 cfs. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down.  It could benefit from a higher release as well for better fishing downriver. It's clear and people are catching fish. The same fly choices below El Vado would work here. 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  169 cfs at Durango; Slow  
The Animas is at decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce.

The Conejos River 13 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Slow: Ice at Mogote; Slow 
The Conejos is best left alone for the anglers sake for another month or so. It does have a fantastic pre-runoff window starting late February until early April. Be patient as good fishing is only a few weeks away.

Arkansas River 246 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 437 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows. The release out of TwinLakes is at 204 cfs and decent fishing can be had below the outflow into the Ark. I would also suspect decent fishing downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon on the warmer days. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking,  you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The December 11, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Autumn rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 366 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam has gone up from 255 cfs which should help spread the fish and anglers out and keep some warmer water flowing further downstream. It's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa in the #24-28 range are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and gray have been the best baetis colors in a size 22-24. Johnny flash 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  7.2 on the Rio Mora; Slow:  Ice on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow  
Fishing has slowed with the colder temps. There is ice on some of the shaded stretches that don't see a lot of sun. You can catch fish, but you'll have to be rather methodical and take advantage of the warmer water in the afternoons. n the day. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies like baetis or midge patterns. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low but fishing OK. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river.

Rio Grande 206 cfs at Cerro; Good: 629 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio came up as was expected when the irrigation canals in Colorado stopped getting water diverted from the river. The Rio is a great fall through spring fishery giving you other options as the fishing slows in the mountains. Throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing is picking up as well. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  32 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair
Colder weather has slowed the fishing here and on most mountain streams. The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear making the case for a longer leader and finer tippets. Rigs with a small baetis nymph or midge works well. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  above Chama; Slow: Ice above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 206 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 244 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Good
The upper Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped below freezing so fishing is a little slow. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir can be high below the Heron Dam outlet. The fishing can be better below Heron Dam outlet with warmer water pouring from the dam. The release below El Vado is finally down to a wadeable flow and has been stable for a couple of weeks. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down to a great level for fishing. It's murky, but clearing and people are catching fish. The same fly choices below El Vado would work here. 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  208 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair 
The Animas is at a decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive. tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce.

The Conejos River 25 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Slow: Ice at Mogote; Slow to Fair
The Conejos is fishing fairly well as long as your fly choices are beatis or baetis or midges. The release out of Platoro is good for the moment. Hit this stretch of the river before the water managers turn the flow down to almost nothing. The current release makes for some easy wading. I've had better reports down low from Mogote Campground or Aspen Glade than the fly water. Work the riffled water for the best success.

Arkansas River 188 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 373 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows.  I have had good reports downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking,  you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Monday, December 05, 2016

The Monday December 5, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Autumn rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 255 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam has been rather stable and it is unlikely the Bureau of Rec will increase the flow this late in the season. It's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa in the #24-28 range are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and gray have been the best baetis colors in a size 22-24. Johnny flash 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  108 on the Rio Mora; Slow to Fair: 37 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
Fishing should continue to be fair on the Pecos and Mora albeit just a little later in the day. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies. Dry fly fishing is pretty much over. A dry dropper rig with a small baetis or midge pattern can get you into fish. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low but fishing OK. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park ended on November 7th. Please see the Park's website for more information. National Forest accesses are not affected.

Rio Grande 174 cfs at Cerro; Good: 485 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for trout, Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio came up as was expected when the irrigation canals in Colorado stopped getting water diverted from the river. The Rio is a great fall through spring fishery giving you other options as the fishing slows in the mountains. Throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing is picking up as well. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  28 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair
Colder weather has slowed the fishing here and on most mountain streams. The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear making the case for a longer leader and finer tippets. Dry dropper rigs with a small baetis nymph works well when there isn't any surface action. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  above Chama; Slow: 90 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 202 cfs below El Vado Dam; Good: and 244 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Good
The upper Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped below freezing so mornings are a little slow. Dry dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir can be high below the Heron Dam outlet. Get a look before you go down or fish above Heron Dam outlet. The release below El Vado is finally down to a wadeable flow and has been stable for a couple of weeks. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down to a great level for fishing. It's murky, but clearing and people are catching fish. The same fly choices below El Vado would work here. 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  204 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair 
The Animas is at a decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive. tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce.

The Conejos River 38 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 85 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos is fishing fairly well as long as your fly choices are beatis or baetis or midges. The release out of Platoro is good for the moment. Hit this stretch of the river before the water managers turn the flow down to almost nothing. The current release makes for some easy wading into the Pinnacles. I've had better reports down low from Mogote Campground or Aspen Glade than the fly water. Work the riffled water for the best success.

Arkansas River 191 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 366 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows.  I have had good reports downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking,  you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Sunday November 20, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Autumn rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 375 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam has been rather stable and it is unlikely the Bureau of Rec will increase the flow this late in the season. It's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa in the #24-28 range are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and gray have been the best baetis colors in a size 22-24. Johnny flash 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  7.8 on the Rio Mora; Slow to Fair: 35 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
Fishing should continue to be fair on the Pecos and Mora albeit just a little later in the day. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies. Dry fly fishing is pretty much over although a few gullible fish will take a small hoppers or caddis. There could also be some blue winged olives flying about. Imitations like a low water baetis, or olive BDE will get fish on the surface. If the fish are reluctant to rise, a dry dropper rig with a small baetis or midge pattern can get you into fish. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low but fishing OK. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park ended on November 7th. Please see the Park's website for more information. National Forest accesses are not affected.

Rio Grande 336 cfs at Cerro; Good: 526 cfs at Pilar; Good for trout, Fair for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio came up as was expected when the irrigation canals in Colorado stopped getting water diverted from the river. Clarity will resume after a week or so although it is fishable now. I haven't had any reports since the change in flow. The Rio is a great fall through spring fishery giving you other options as the fishing slows in the mountains. Throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing is picking up as well. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  31 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair
Colder weather has slowed the fishing here and on most mountain streams. The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear making the case for a longer leader and finer tippets. Hoppers and caddis are diminishing in number but can get you a few fish. Like elsewhere, blue winged olives are the most prolific bug making up the fish's diet. Dry dropper rigs with a small baetis nymph works well when there isn't any surface action. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  above Chama; Slow: 42 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 224 cfs below El Vado Dam; Good: and 249 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Good
The upper Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped below freezing so mornings are a little slow. Dry dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir can be high below the Heron Dam outlet. Get a look before you go down or fish above Heron Dam outlet. The release below El Vado is finally down to a wadeable flow and has been stable for a couple of weeks. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down to a great level for fishing. It's murky, but clearing and people are catching fish. The same fly choices below El Vado would work here. 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.

Cimarron River .42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Poor: 5.5cfs at Cimarron; Poor to Slow
The day was going to come when the water out of Eagle Nest Dam was pretty much turned off. That day is here and I don't expect any change in release or fishing until spring.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  226 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is at a decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive. tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce.

The Conejos River 39 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 83 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos is fishing fairly well as long as your fly choices are beatis or baetis or midges. The release out of Platoro is good for the moment. Hit this stretch of the river before the water managers turn the flow down to almost nothing. The current release makes for some easy wading into the Pinnacles. I've had better reports down low from Mogote Campground or Aspen Glade than the fly water. Work the riffled water for the best success.

Arkansas River 194 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 373 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows.  I have had good reports downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking,  you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

The Saturday November 5, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Autumn rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 443 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam has been rather stable and it is unlikely the Bureau of Rec will increase the flow this late in the season. It's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa in the #24-28 range are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and gray have been the best baetis colors in a size 22-24. Johnny flash 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   13 on the Rio Mora; Fair to Good: 57 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Good 
Last night's rain did cause the Pecos to go up in flow. It's wadeable, fishable, and clearing. Fishing should continue to be good on the Pecos and Mora albeit just a little later in the day. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies. Dry fly fishing is pretty much over although a few gullible fish will take a small hoppers or caddis. There could also be some blue winged olives flying about. Imitations like a low water baetis, or olive BDE will get fish on the surface. If the fish are reluctant to rise, a dry dropper rig with a small baetis or midge pattern can get you into fish. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low but fishing well and is perfectly suited to throwing dry flies. Go small with a parachute adams or griffith's gnat. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park will run through November 7th. Please see the Park's website for more information. National Forest accesses are not affected.

Rio Grande 112 cfs at Cerro; Good: 266 cfs at Pilar; Good for trout, Fair for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is fairly clear and fishing better every day. The Rio is a great fall through spring fishery giving you other options as the fishing slows in the mountains. Throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing is picking up as well. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  35 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
Last night's rains did bring up the flows here, but just barely. The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear making the case for a longer leader and finer tippets. Hoppers and caddis are diminishing in number but can get you a few fish. Like elsewhere, blue winged olives are the most prolific bug making up the fish's diet. Dry dropper rigs with a small baetis nymph works well if there isn't any surface action. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers are OK, but beetles and small black flies are producing better. Small caddis or stimulators will also work on the surface. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  above Chama; Fair to Good: 56 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Good: 202 cfs below El Vado Dam; Good: and 208 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Fair to Good
The upper Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped below freezing so mornings are a little slow. Dry rigs work well here in the pocket water. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir can be high below the Heron Dam outlet. Get a look before you go down or fish above Heron Dam outlet. The release below El Vado is finally down to a wadeable flow and has been stable for a couple of weeks. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down to a great level for fishing. It's murky, but clearing and people are catching fish. The same fly choices below El Vado would work here. 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.

Cimarron River 26 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; FAir to Good: 22cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
The fishing can suffer with a lower release. The current release is decent for fair to good fishing. The fishing is technical with the low flow and skittish fish. Lengthen your leader and be willing to tie on some 6X. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, and baetis nymphs and blue winged olive dries are good choices.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  284 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is at a decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive. tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 24 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 87 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos is fishing well as long as your fly choices are beatis or baetis or midges. The release out of Platoro is good for the moment. Hit this stretch of the river before the water managers turn the flow down to almost nothing. The current release makes for some easy wading into the Pinnacles. I've had better reports from Mogote Campground or Aspen Glade than the fly water. Work the riffled water for the best success.

Rio Grande  at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 245 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good 
The dam release is unknown as the stream gauge is down currently. Like everywhere else, baetis is the name of the game. Go small whether your throwing dries or nymphing. The best reports I've had have been below South Fork.

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 82 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River at Pagosa Springs; Fair to Good
There is still some good fishing around Pagosa. Everything here is centered on baetis nympshs or dries, but you might get an occasional fish to take a caddis, hopper, or a little yellow sally. The lower Piedra will have warmer water temps than the upper forks or Williams Creek and the fishing will be better. The San Juan in Pagosa does fish well but also sees a fair amount of pressure.

Arkansas River 102 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 258 cfs at Salida; Good 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon is a great place to camp and fish. I have had good reports downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking,  you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Monday October 10, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

Autumn rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 413 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam has been rather stable and it is unlikely the Bureau of Rec will increase the flow this late in the season. It's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am and dries mid-day. The baetis hatches are getting stronger by the day and the fish seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa in the #24-28 range 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 in a size 22-24. Johnny flash 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   10 on the Rio Mora; Good: 42 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Good 
Fishing continues to be good on the Pecos and Mora. The water is low and clear necessitating longer leader, finer tippets and smaller flies. The cool weather and cloud cover is keeping fish happy and feeding. Hoppers, caddis, and little yellow sallies can still bring up a fish or two, but blue winged olives are the strongest hatch. Imitations like a low water baetis, or olive BDE will get fish on the surface. If the fish are reluctant to rise, a dry dropper rig with a small baetis pattern can get you into fish. Micromays, bat wing emergers, and split case bwo's work great. The Rio Mora is low but fishing well and is perfectly suited to throwing dry flies. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park will run through November 7th. Please see the Park's website for more information. National Forest accesses are not affected.

The Rio Costilla   .22 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Poor below Costilla Dam, better below Commache Creek confluence 
The Rio Costilla is done for the year as irrigation season is over and the release out of the dam is damn near zero. Put it on your radar for next summer. The best fishing will be in the Valle Vidal which opens July 1st, 2017. Shure Ponds should fish fairly well before the cold sets in.


Rio Grande 112 cfs at Cerro; Good: 230 cfs at Pilar; Good for trout, Fair for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is fairly clear and fishing better every day. The Rio is a great fall through spring fishery giving you other options as the fishing slows in the mountains. Throw big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies and trail a smaller baetis pattern. Streamers will also move some fish and at least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get. Pike fishing is picking up as well. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  21 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear, and they also did benefit from the cool down the cloud cover has provided. Hoppers, caddis and little yellow sallies are diminishing in number but can get you a few fish. Like elsewhere, blue winged olives are the most prolific bug making up the fish's diet. Dry dropper rigs with a small baetis nymph works well if ther isn't any surface action. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles continue to work well, but small caddis or stimulators will also work on the surface. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  28 cfs above Chama; Good: 60 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Good: 194 cfs below El Vado Dam; Good: and 249 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Fair to Good
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. That part of the Chama area is one of the colder parts of the state and temps have dipped below freezing so mornings are a little slow. Dry rigs work well here in the pocket water. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is high below the Heron Dam outlet so fish above Heron Dam here. The release below El Vado is finally down to a wadeable flow and has been stable for several days. A release greater than 400 cfs makes crossing the river impossible. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. The release below Abiquiu Dam is also down to a great level for fishing although I've had no reports. The river is fairly clear and the same fly choices would work here. 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.

Cimarron River 10 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow: 9 cfs at Cimarron; Slow
The fishing has suffered with the lower release. The fishing is technical with the low flow and skittish fish. Lengthen your leader and be willing to tie on some 6X. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, and baetis nymphs and blue winged olive dries are good choices.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  379 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is at a decent level and clarity. Fishing streamers and covering water is the most productive. tactic. Nymph rigs dredging the obvious seams can also produce. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 75 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 148 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing well as long as your fly choices are beatis or baetis. The release out of Platoro is good for the moment. Hit this stretch of the river before the water managers turn the flow down to almost nothing. The current release makes for some easy wading into the Pinnacles. I've had better reports from Mogote Campground or Aspen Glade than the fly water. Work the riffled water for the best success.

Rio Grande  at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 352 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
The dam release is unknown as the stream gauge is down currently. Like everywhere else, baetis is the name of the game. Go small whether your throwing dries or nymphing. The best reports I've had have been below South Fork.

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 116 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 112 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
There is still some good fishing around Pagosa. Everything here is centered on baetis nympshs or dries, but you might get an occasional fish to take a caddis, hopper, or a little yellow sally. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa does fish well but also sees a fair amount of pressure.

Arkansas River 111 cfs at Granite; Good: 239 cfs at Salida; Good 
The water is a bit colder above the Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon is a great place to camp and fish. I have had good reports downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. Fish hold just off of the shelves mid-day and are taking,  you guessed it, blue winged olives. 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 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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

Please see our home page or Facebook 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.