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.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The October 8, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Summer 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 408 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: 39 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   1.9 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 102 cfs at Cerro; Good: 235 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  19 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  27 cfs above Chama; Good: 50 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Good: 194 cfs below El Vado Dam; Good: and 279 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 7.4 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  398 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: 140 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: 374 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 113 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 105 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 109 cfs at Granite; Good: 245 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.

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Friday September 2, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Summer 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 423 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam is back down again for the moment. The Bureau of Rec will likely raise or lower the release again depending on flows on the Animas. 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are fairly light and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they 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 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 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   19 on the Rio Mora; Good: 82 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
The effects of this weeks rains are affecting the main stem Pecos from Terrero downstream. The water clarity gets worse from there down as the Tres Lagunas burn scar keeps sending sediment into the river. There is clearer water above Terrero. I expect the upper river to be extremely busy with the displaced people fishing from the lower river and the fact it is the last three day weekend of the summer. The cool weather and cloud cover is also keeping fish happy and feeding. The bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis, blue-winged olives, and little yellow sallies are bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest part of the day. 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 resume in September 15. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla   48 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The release is at a great level for fishing as the higher the flows the fish hold tighter to the banks. Fish any soft water but pay attention to flies drifted along the banks. Strike quickly as those cutties are fast. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 64 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 220 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for trout, Fair for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is slightly murky but fairly clear considering how much rain has fallen over the region. The Rio is just starting to turn on and should improve as we move into fall. The Rio for most of us is a fall through spring fishery adding to the other places that are still fishing well at this end of summer time. Visibility is two feet.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is picking up as well. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water.

Jemez Mountain Streams  26 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear, but they did benefit from the cool down the rain and cloud cover has provided. Hoppers, caddis and little yellow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles have worked well, but 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  67 cfs above Chama; Fair: 102 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 805 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair: and 564 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. A lot of rain fell here again a couple of nights ago and I suspect that the upper Chama is murky. It'll take a day or two to clear barring any more rain. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is also a bit high indicating that rain had fallen over the Brazos as well. Get a look before you hike down into it. The release below El Vado typically does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accommodate the river rafters and is usually down to a fishable level during the week. Lately that hasn't been the case so check the flows before you go. 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. 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 16 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 22 cfs at Cimarron; Good
Decent fishing continues despite a low release. The fishing is a little technical with the low flow and skittish fish. Lengthen your leader and be willing to tie on some 6X. Always check the flows before you go as the release can go up or down daily. 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, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. PMD's, caddis and little yellow sallies are good choices for fishing dry.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  502 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair 
The Animas is at a decent clarity between storms. Give it a couple of days to clear if it isn't. Cooler water and weather has helped the fishing here. 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 108 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 298 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing fairly well especially the upper river off of Forest Road 250. Green drakes dwindling but a few are still flying around dusk above the South Fork. The release out of Platoro is barely decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are quite fond of a San Juan worm. The current release makes for some easy wading into the Pinnacles. The river from Spectacle Lake down to the fly water and Mogote Campground is a little tough mid-day. Go small. Baetis nymphs under a hopper worked fairly well for me, but the fish shunned bigger stonefly nymphs. Elk Creek, the South Fork and Lake Fork are also fishing very well for the angler seeking some solitude and a chance to catch cutthroats.

Rio Grande 194 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 385 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
The days of a high dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are feeding on a variety of things, but mostly PMD's, caddis, little yellow sallies, and hoppers. Access is tough below South Fork and that section is best fished from a boat.

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 92 cfs at Arboles; Fair; San Juan River 154 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Fair
I am sure there is still some excellent summer fishing around Pagosa, but this weeks rains have brought up the the San Juan quite a bit, less so on the Piedra. Everything will clear unless more rain falls over the area.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. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Caddis, hoppers, and little yellow sallies are out.

Arkansas River 266 cfs at Granite; Good: 366 cfs at Salida; Good
The higher releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes for rafting are over. The flows are dropping and the access is much easier on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow up into Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon is a great place without the rafting traffic. 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 a variety of flies. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. PMD's, caddis and red quills are the choice flies for the Ark.

It's monsoon season 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.