Friday, August 19, 2016

The Friday August 19, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

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 675 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release below Navajo Dam is back up 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   13 on the Rio Mora; Good: 55 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
The effects of this weeks rains are minimal and the water is fairly clear and fishing well. 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 early September. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla   43 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 91 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 230 cfs at Pilar; Fair to 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 slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  12 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  43 cfs above Chama; Good: 64 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 987 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair: and 622 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 last night and I suspect that the upper Chama is very 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 at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water greatly affecting visibility. 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 15 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 16 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  361 cfs at Durango; 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 40 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 183 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 166 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 386 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 111 cfs at Arboles; Fair; San Juan River 97 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Fair
I am sure there is still some excellent summer fishing around Pagosa, but last nights rains have brought up the local streams. 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 littel yellow sallies are out.

Arkansas River 266 cfs at Granite; Good: 380 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.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

The Saturday August 6, 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 rain this past week over the Four Corners has increased the flow on the Animas which means a lower release out of Navajo Dam. The Bureau of Rec will likely raise or lower the release again depending on flows on the Animas. The rain may bring about another ant fall which can be a good thing to experience. Otherwise, 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning 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   41 on the Rio Mora; Slow to Fair: 213 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
The rain over the past few days has brought the flows up on the Pecos and many other area streams. The forecast is for more rain over the next several days which doesn't paint the best picture for fly fishing. Currently our best guess, is that for the best conditions, look to fish the Mora as the flows haven't come up as much as the Pecos. Or go above Terrero, and even the Mora, where there is less of a chance of runoff coming off of the Tres Lagunas burn scar. San Juan worms and big dark nymphs that contrast to the water color can be day savers in the murky water. If we do not get much more rain, the Pecos will clear fairly quickly and it'll be back to fishing the bugs of summer. Hoppers, caddis, blue-winged olives, and little yellow sallies and, a  dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot part of the day. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information. Only the Pecos NHP will be closed to fishing. The Santa Fe National Forest accesses will remain open.

The Rio Costilla   73 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The release here hasn't been reduced despite the rain we've had over the region. The higher flows forces the fish tighter to the banks. Your casts will have to be a little more accurate for the time being. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 138 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 288 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow to Fair for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio was actually fairly clear earlier this week. I even had a good pike on the fly report. It was however, very murky below the Embudo. I haven't had any reports since the heavy rains starting Wednesday, but it could be worth a look given the lack of change in flows on the gauges above Pilar. There is still quite a bit of rafting and boating traffic around Pilar. The upper Rio into the gorge would be a better place to go. If you do 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.

Jemez Mountain Streams  24 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good
The Jemez streams have also seemingly been largely unaffected buy this week's rains. If anything, it would be the lower sectiions of the Jemez or Guadalupe, or the San Antonio in the caldera due to burn scar runoff. The typical mid-day slow down should be ending with cooler weather and cloud cover. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are bringing fish to 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  107 cfs above Chama; Slow to Fair: 198 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 514 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 615 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Currently the flows are too high and the water is murky. This part of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico got  a ton of rain yesterday. Once things clear, dry fly dropper rigs will work well here in the pocket water. Always check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is also murky from yesterdays rains. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is reduced down to a soomewhat fishable level. The dam should keep this stretch free from the muddy water being seen upstream. Visibility is always tough here but the fish do feed and are used to it. 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 22 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 28 cfs at Cimarron; Good
The Cimarron is another place where the dam will keep most of the river fish-able despite the heavy rainfall. Hopefully the current release will remain the same as only warmer weather forces the water managers to release more water . It may go down if the irrigators don't need the wtaer because of rainfall. Always check the flows before you go as the release is 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:

The Conejos River 54 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 242 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos was fishing well and should as the stream gauges don't show any huge spike in flow. Apparently not as much rain fell here as did west of the continental divide. It's a huge watershed so there is usually a fish-able trib if the main river blows out.  Green drakes are waning and most of the ones seeing flying are out before dusk on the upper river above the South Fork.The river from the South Fork down 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. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish. 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 418 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 688 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Slow to Fair 
Contrry to what is going on elsewhere, the dam release went up from Rio Grande Reservoir. Heavy rainfall here may murk up the river from the burn scars in the area. Try some of the smaller tribs if the main river is blown out. The South Fork of the Rio Grande could offer good fishing if it isn't blown out. .  

Animas River  1420 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is has pretty much gone off scale with the volume of rain that fell here yesterday. It'll take a few days of no rains to clear and become fish-able again. Only the headwater creeks like the Hermosa and it's tribs will be of decent clarity and flow for the time being.

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 452 cfs at Arboles; Slow to Fair; San Juan River 587 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow to Fair
A lot of rain fell here as well making pretty much everything high and murky. The saving grace could be Williams Creek below Williams Reservoir. The South Fork of the Rio Grande side of the divide could also fish well as not nearly as much rain fell on the east side. Most of these streams will clear fairly quickly if it doesn't rain anymore. .

Arkansas River 556 cfs at Granite; Good: 877 cfs at Salida; Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. 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 golden stones are the choice flies for the Ark.

It's summer 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, July 31, 2016

The Sunday July 28, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexco and Southern Colorado

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

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 811 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Spring Peak Release is over and we'll see some stable flows for a while. The Bureau of Rec will leave the release at the current level since there has been a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  You can almost hear David Byrne's lyrics; same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Not much change as 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning 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   2.9 on the Rio Mora; Good: 39 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear.  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 hot 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 runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla    82 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Fair to Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The rating has been somewhat reduced to fair as the release out of the dam is a little too high for optimum fishing. I thinks it's best from 30 to 70 cfs. The higher flows forces the fish tighter to the banks. Your casts will have to be a little more accurate for the time being. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 136 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 282 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. We are advising people not to fish here as the higher water temps making reviving a released trout almost impossible. Visibility is around a foot.  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 slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  12 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with cooler water temps. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles 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  33 cfs above Chama; Good: 46 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 935 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 1070 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release typically does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accommodate the river rafters.. 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 20 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 22 cfs at Cimarron; Good
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is 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  332 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango, but the clarity is good. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 153 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 183 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes are also out above the South Fork but are done on the lower river. The lower river from Spectacle Lake down 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. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. The current release is OK especially for the burliest waders heading into the Pinnacles. 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 118 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 306 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for PMD's and green drakes. Access is tough below South Fork and that section is best fished from a boat. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 61 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 51 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.

Arkansas River 490 cfs at Granite; Good: 652 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. 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 golden stones are the choice flies for the Ark.

It's summer 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Tuesday July 19, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

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 811 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Spring Peak Release is over and we'll see some stable flows for a while. The Bureau of Rec will leave the release at the current level since there has been a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  You can almost hear David Byrne's lyrics; same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Not much change as 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning 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   17 on the Rio Mora; Good: 51 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are done, but the bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis, blue-winged olives, and little yellow sallies bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot 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 runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla    86 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Fair to Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The rating has been somewhat reduced to fair as the release out of the dam is a little too high for optimum fishing. I thinks it's best from 30 to 70 cfs. The higher flows forces the fish tighter to the banks. Your casts will have to be a little more accurate for the time being. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 203 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 362 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. We are advising people not to fish here as the higher water temps making reviving a released trout almost impossible. Visibility is around a foot.  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 slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  9.2 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with the cooler water temps.  Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles 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  43 cfs above Chama; Good: 46 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 853 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 1070 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release typically does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accommodate the river rafters.. 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 42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 34 cfs at Cimarron; Good
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is 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  431 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango, but the clarity is good. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 181 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 253 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes however are making there first appearances in the fly water and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. The current release is too high for anyone but the burliest waders heading into the Pinnacles. 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 168 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 408 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for stonefly dries and green drakes. Access is tough below South Fork and that section is best fished from a boat. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 86 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 85 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.

Arkansas River 550 cfs at Granite; Good: 750 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. 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 golden stones are the choice flies for the Ark.

It's summer 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, July 16, 2016

The Saturday July 16, 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 811 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Spring Peak Release is over and we'll see some stable flows for a while. The Bureau of Rec will leave the release at the current level since there has been a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  You can almost hear David Byrne's lyrics; same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Not much change as 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning 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   7.5 on the Rio Mora; Good: 41 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are done, but the bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis and little yellow sallies bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot 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 runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla    85 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Fair to Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The rating has been somewhat reduced to fair as the release out of the dam is a little too high for optimum fishing. I thinks it's best from 30 to 70 cfs. The higher flows forces the fish tighter to the banks. Your casts will have to be a little more accurate for the time being. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 235 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 418 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. We are advising people not to fish here as the higher water temps making reviving a released trout almost impossible. Visibility is around a foot.  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 slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  7.8 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with the cooler water temps.  Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles 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  43 cfs above Chama; Good: 37 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 494 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 509 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release typically does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accommodate the river rafters.. 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 30 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 24 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is 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  517 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still high and being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 112 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 209 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes however are making there first appearances in the fly water and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. The current release is also at a good level for access into the Pinnacles. 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 181 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 350 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for stonefly dries and green drakes. Access is tough below South Fork and that section is best fished from a boat. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 88 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 92 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.. .

Arkansas River 515 cfs at Granite; Good: 750 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. 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 golden stones are the choice flies for the Ark.

It's summer 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, July 09, 2016

The Saturday Juy 9, 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 1280 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Bureau of Rec has been ramping down their scheduled Spring Peak Release for the last couple of weeks. We could see a slight increase later this month however if there is a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  A lot of fish have moved into the side channels and can offer some easier getting around than the main river. Currently it's 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning 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   9.9 on the Rio Mora; Good: 52 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are done, but the bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis and little yellow sallies bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot 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 runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 481 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 805 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. Summer rains may keep it that way for some time. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. Visibility is around a foot.  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 slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  12 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is clear. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with the cooler water temps. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. 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  58 cfs above Chama; Good: 71 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 494 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 509 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This stretch is a showing a little more water than normal, but it is wadeable. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here with the extra water and depth. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accomodate the rafters.. 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 27 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 23 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is 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  957 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still high and being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 166 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 341 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes however are making there first appearances in the fly water and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. 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 325 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 723 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for stonefly dries and green drakes. Access is tough below Creede and that section is best fished from a boat. There is still enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to enable you to float it. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 160 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 178 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.. .

Arkansas River 606 cfs at Granite; Good: 1380 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

For the most current stream 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, June 25, 2016

The Saturday June 25, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Runoff is finally waning here in New Mexico and in southern Colorado and conditions are changing daily! 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 4310 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Bureau of Rec revised the ramp down schedule for the San Juan, It will begin next week and go down over the course of twelve days. Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. A lot of fish have moved into the side channels and can offer some asier getting around than the main river. Currently it's 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. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning 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   20 on the Rio Mora; Good: 97 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
Wading is easier than it's been and the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are now up to Terrero although you'll find some out on the lower river also. The fish aren't used to seeing adult stoneflies yet so give your flies a few more drifts and skate and skitter it to get some attention. There are also some gray drakes, caddis and little yellow sallies that are bringing up fish as well especially above Rio Mora. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park is open as of Thursday June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 1020 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1460 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky with the last of spring snow melt on the tribs and dam releases in Colorado. Visibility is around a foot.  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 slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  17 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is clear. Stoneflies are out on the Guadalupe all the way to Porter's Landing although it is waning and the hatch doesn't seem as strong this year. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla are also fishing very well. Fishing can slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. 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  118 cfs above Chama; Fair: 150 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair to Good: 494 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 244 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is murky despite the low release. It'll likely fish slow and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. Don't blink. The window for good fishing here will only last a couple of weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This stretch is a little high but the heat is quickly taking cae of the rest of the snowpack. Dry fly dropper rigs work well with the extra water and depth.. 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 15 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 17 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
Warmer weather will actually help the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is 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.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  1820 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is still high and being enjoyed by the river rafters.in full runoff. Look to fish some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 351 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 776 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is still some big water but it's becoming more wadeable by the day. Stoneflies are out up to the fly water, but seemingly they are more inclined to take smaller nymphs. A few gray drakes have been spotted and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out  of Platoro is high but the edges do hold fish and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. I haven't had any reports on the tribs, but much like the main river they should be more fishable every day.

Rio Grande 953 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1860 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good 
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and the release out of Rio Grande Reservoir still enables you to float it. No reports of stoneflies flying yet, but it should be any day now. Not a lot of surface activity but that could change the more things start flying. Nymphing or throwing streamers has still been the most productive.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 345 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 566 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Fair to Good
Snowmelt is rapidly declining around Pagosa. The actual flows on the Piedra more mimic th San Juan as the gauge is downstream of some diversion so thing are a little high. The smaller tribs and Williams Creek ahave bee doing fairly well. The San Juan has enough water to float but not for long. The East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek and the like should be doing well with a little less water. .

Arkansas River 1380 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2120 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have finally gone up keeping in tune with what is flowing into the reservoirs. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the murky water and the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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