Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday June 30, 2015 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association is holding their annual fundraiser Water, Wildflowers, and Trout on Sunday July 12th at the spectacular Brush Ranch. Social hour, cocktails, and silent auction start at 5:00 pm with a catered dinner at 6:00. Music by the Buckarettes. The cost is $75.00 per person. Please RSVP by July 8th with UPWA by calling 505-757-3600. See UPWA website for more details.


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San Juan River 371 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The fishing on the San Juan continues to be very good. Another good rain storm here will produce another carpenter ant fall. The fish go nuts during the event. You'll be a lucky angler if you happen to be there. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sediment load continues to move downstream. 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 34 cfs on Mora River; Good: 110 cfs below Terrero; Good    
The river is still a little high, but fairly clear throughout from Cowles to Pecos. It's much more wadable throughout. Recent storms have murked up the lower river below the Tres Lagunas burn scar. Clearer water can be found upstream. There are some stoneflies still out although the hatch is waning. Dry fly fishing is good on stoneflies, caddis, blue winged olives, and hoppers. As far as nymphs go, on the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are still the top producers. Upriver, baetis nymphs, caddis larvae, and little golden stones are working subsurface. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season started Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 744 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1300 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
Snowmelt is affecting the Rio less and less these days, but the river is more subject to dam release and heavy rain events. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is murky at Pilar and a bit clearer in the upper river above it's confluence with Red River. If the cool influx stays around trout fishing can be good between storms. The smallmouth fishing will pick up once the water temps warm. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things come down a bit and clear up..

Jemez Mountain Streams  63 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
The lower Jemez and Guadalupe had a huge flash flood this weekend. Both streams have jumped their banks and left a lot of debris along the rivers. This could have a negative impact on the fish and fishing. We'll see. Dry fly fishing is slowly improving on the Guadalupe. Nymphing still remains more productive then dry fly fishing. I have had good reports of better fishing on  the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Dry fly dropper rigs have been the better producers as not all of the fish are willing to commit to dries if the water has any depth to it. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 192 cfs at La Puente; Fair to Good: 202 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 340 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is coming down in flow everyday. The window looks like it has just opened on this stretch. Hit it now before the water gets diverted and slows the fishing. The upper Chama above the village of Chama is a little high and tough fishing and wading. The water is clear however, and I have had a report of good fishing. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Typically, higher releases out of El vado occur regularly on the weekends througout the summer. 600 cfs makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late August or September. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. 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 3.0 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 107 cfs at Cimarron
Biblical rain storms here over the weekend sent tons of debris onto Highway 64, caused bad local flooding and took the life of a young boy scout on Philmont Scout Ranch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young man. Most of the Cimarron is unaffected in the state park except where a debris flow dammed a section of river. The reports I've had before the rains have been good. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 271 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 523 cfs at Mogote; Good.
Spring snowmelt is finally waning here. The release out of Platoro is low enough that the meadows should fish fairly well. The water is a bit higher and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Stoneflies are out and gray drakes and PMD's are making their first appearances. Through the fly water, dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. Dry dropper rigs with a long dropper are also catching fish. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not too high to wade.

Rio Grande 1200 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1970 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
The release although rather high has been steady for over a week now. Stoneflies are out and I suspect that green drakes could be as well as the timing is right for that bug also. Fishing out of a boat should be good, but tougher on the wading angler. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has also been good.   

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 441 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 498 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Fair to Good
Spring snowmelt is subsiding around the Pagosa area opening up a lot more fishing. The headwater streams or smaller tribs of the San Juan east of Pagosa or the upper forks of the Piedra are the most fishable right now. The timing is right for PMD's stoneflies and drakes to start flying here as well.

Animas River 2780 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair 
The Animas is still quite high but clear. Fishing should improve with declining flows. The Pagosa area to the east of Durango has the best conditions locally. Keep checking flows. Better fishing is around the corner.  

Arkansas River 1530 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2790 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Dam releases from Sugarloaf Reservoir to Clear Creek as well as runoff from the tribs has caused the Ark to go up in flow like every other stream in the region. The better fishing is going to be upriver of Buena Vista and Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Wading is tough but the Hayden Meadows area is the best bet. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Friday June 12, 2014 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Tomorrow, Saturday June 13th is the Annual Pecos River Cleanup. Please come and join the Upper Pecos Watershed Association and help clean up our public accesses along the Pecos.Volunteers are asked to meet at  the UPWA office in Pecos at 9:30 am.  See their website for more details.

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San Juan River 314 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is much improved with almost four feet of visibility and the fishing is good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. 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 104 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 203 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good    
The river is high, but fairly clear throughout from Cowles to Pecos. It's definitely tough wading so pick your access carefully. Currently the flows are coming down after what looks like the peak last week. Stoneflies are out. Dry fly fishing is still slow as the fish are seemingly reluctant to rise for them. On the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are the top producers.  I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies.Try some sofa pillows and rogue foams for the dries. Smaller nymphs are working better up river. Typical baetis nymphs, pheasant tails, and caddis larvae have been the top choices Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season starts Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 511 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1250 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with snowmelt and dam releases in Colorado. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is murky at Pilar and I suspect even in the upper river above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things come down a bit and clear up..

Jemez Mountain Streams  53 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
I just had the first report of stoneflies on the Guadalupe last week. Not much action however. Nymphing still remains more productive then dry fly fishing. I have had reports of better fishing on  the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Dry fly dropper rigs have been the better producers as not all of the fish are willing to commit to dries if the water has any depth to it. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 890 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 699 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 905 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is coming down in flow but is still high, cold, and murky. Runoff is still upon the upper Chama and fishing may remain tough for a couple of more weeks. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Typically, higher releases out of El vado occur regularly on the weekends througout the summer. 600 cfs makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late August or September. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. 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 0.2 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 51 cfs at Cimarron
Apparently the warmer weather has taken its toll on the Cimarron. Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park is putting in some murky water and the river is collecting more dirty trib flow downstream. Give it a week or so for flows on the tribs to come down and things to clear up.Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 99 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1650 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
Spring snowmelt has hit the Conejos and the river has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. The release out of Platoro is low enough that the meadows should fish fairly well. The water is higher and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 1200 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 3150 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam operators have increased the release out of Rio Grande Reservoir big time. Fishing out of a boat should be good, but tougher on the wading angler. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1830 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1840 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and spring snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing. Maybe Williams Creek below the dam.

Animas River 6740 cfs at Durango; Poor 
The Animas is incredibly high and murky and cold. Warm weather has accelerated the snowmelt causing the river to swell dramatically. I'd book a raft trip here before I'd consider fishing the Animas. Keep checking flows. The peak of runoff apparently was later than I thought. It looks like it will be awhile before conditions start improving.  

Arkansas River 1430 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2460 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Dam releases from Sugarloaf Reservoir to Clear Creek as well as runoff from the tribs has caused the Ark to go up in flow like every other stream in the region. The better fishing is going to be upriver of Buena Vista and Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Wading is tough but the Hayden Meadows area is the best bet. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

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

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Friday May 29, 2015

This week's rainfall has affected almost all rivers and streams in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out the links from our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with rain and snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. 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 185 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 250 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good    
The rainfall last week has caused the river to go up in flow but it is currently on it's way down barring any more rain or snowmelt. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clearer water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season starts Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 212 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 852 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with last weeks rains. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is very murky at Pilar. The river is at a much more fishable clarity and flow above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamer, stonefly nymphs and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  114 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good  
Despite the rain that has brought everything up in flow, the streams are clearing and the fishing is improving. The highest and most murky is the Guadalupe which is rather typical of such a large watershed. No reports of stoneflies. Yet. Look at fishing the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 1090 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 877 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 981 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky and not to mention, dangerous. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until early June The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has been increased with the higher inflow. It's not very fishable at these high flows. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has also been increased. The water is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. 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 0.42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 91 cfs at Cimarron
I did get an OK report from the Cimarron awhile back so I though I'd include it on this week's report. While the release out of the dam is nearly ZERO, there is some trib flow especially toward the eastern end of the state park. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 151 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 667 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. This is my next best bet to the San Juan for a place to fish while everything else is in runoff. The release out of Platoro has been rather steady for the week making for some good fishing in the meadows. The water is higher and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 768 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1780 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release has kept the flows in check on the upper Rio Grande near Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there has been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float at times. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2-3 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1050 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1030 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and lots of rain fall has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing. Maybe Williams Creek below the dam.

Animas River 1850 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. It had been trending downward but flows increased with last weeks storms and we will likely see snowmelt adding to the flow before too long. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold, but Williams Creek below the dam might be the most fishable although I haven't had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

Arkansas River 702 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 1130 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch was in full swing although the reports have been diminishing. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on. Lots of rain has fallen up here as well making the river from Salida downstream very murky and a bit higher. The better fishing is upstream of Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. The wading got tougher with an increase in the releases from Clear Creek Reservoir and Twin Lakes. Best reports have been from Hayden Meadows.

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

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

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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

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

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday May 24, 2015

This week's rainfall has affected almost all rivers and streams in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out the links from our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 353 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with rain and snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. 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 210 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 294 cfs below Terrero; Slow to Fair    
The abundant rainfall this week has caused the river to go up in flow again. It's currently on it's way down and barring any more rain or snowmelt the river should be fishable in clarity and flow in a few days. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clearer water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water.The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season starts Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 256 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1270 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with this weeks rains. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is very murky at Pilar. The river is at a much more fishable clarity and flow above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamer, stonefly nymphs and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  189 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good  
Despite the rain this week that has brought everything up in flow, the streams are clearing and the fishing is improving. The highest and most murky is the Guadalupe which is rather typical of such a large watershed. Look at fishing the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 1470 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 1020 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1300 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky and not to mention, dangerous. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until early June The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has been increased with the higher inflow. It's not very fishable at these high flows. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has also been increased. The water is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. 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 0.42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 131 cfs at Cimarron
I did get an OK report from the Cimarron so I though I'd include it on this week's report. While the release out of the dam is nearly ZERO, there is some trib flow especially toward the eastern end of the state park. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 130 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 568 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. This is my next best bet to the San Juan for a place to fish while everything else is in runoff. The release out of Platoro has been steady for the week making for some good fishing in the meadows. The water is murkier and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 392 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1410 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release has kept the flows in check on the upper Rio Grande near Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there has been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float at times. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2-3 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1030 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1020 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and lots of rain fall has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Animas River 1880 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. It had been trending downward but flows increased with last weeks storms and we will likely see snowmelt adding to the flow before too long. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold, but Williams Creek below the dam might be the most fishable although I haven't had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

Arkansas River 377 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 809 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch was in full swing although the reports have been diminishing. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on. Lots of rain has fallen up here as well making the river from Salida downstream very murky and a bit higher. The better fishing is upstream of Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Conditions should remain good as long as the releases from Clear Creek or Twin Lakes doesn't increase.

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

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

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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Friday May 22, 2015

This week's rainfall has affected almost all rivers and streams in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out stream flows at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 344 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with rain and snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. 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 213 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 307 cfs below Terrero; Slow to Fair    
The abundant rainfall this week has caused the river to go up in flow again. It's currently on it's way down and barring any more rain or snowmelt the river should be fishable in clarity and flow in a few days. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clearer water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water.The Pecos National Historical Park's spring season is closed. The summer season starts in late June. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more information.

Rio Grande 304 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1170 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with this weeks rains. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is very murky at Pilar. The river is at a much more fishable clarity and flow above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamer, stonefly nymphs and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  344 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair  
The rain this week has brought everything up in flow here as well. The highest and most murky is the Guadalupe which is rather typical of such a large watershed. Look at fishing the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 2050 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 1000 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1210 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky and not to mention, dangerous. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until early June The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has been increased with the higher inflow. It's not very fishable at these high flows. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has also been increased. The water is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. 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 0.55 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 172 cfs at Cimarron
I did get an OK report from the Cimarron so I though I'd include it on this week's report. While the release out of the dam is nearly ZERO, there is some trib flow especially toward the eastern end of the state park. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 133 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 661 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. This is my next best bet to the San Juan for a place to fish while everything else is in runoff. The release out of Platoro has been steady for the week making for some good fishing in the meadows. The water is murkier and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 388 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1370 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release has kept the flows in check on the upper Rio Grande near Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and the has been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it at times. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2-3 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1290 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and lots of rain fall has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Animas River 1960 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. It had been trending downward but flows increased with last weeks storms and we will likely see snowmelt adding to the flow before too long. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold, but Williams Creek below the dam might be the most fishable although I haven't had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

Arkansas River 377 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 809 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch was in full swing although the reports have been dimishing. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on. Lots of rain has fallen up here as well making the river from Salida downstream very murky and a bit higher. The better fishing is upstream of Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Conditions should remain good as long as the releases from Clear Creek or Twin Lakes doesn't increase.

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ed's Fl;y Fishing Report for Monday May 11, 2015

Spring is a season of much change. Stream flows and dam releases can change overnight. Be sure to check out stream flows at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 361 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. 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 87 cfs on Mora River; Fair to Good: 184 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good    
The rainfall last week has caused the river to go up in flow again. It's currently on it's way down and the water has a little green murk to it. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clearer water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for a little depth as the fish have not made it out of their winter lies just yet. The Pecos National Historical Park's spring season closes today, Monday the 11th. The summer season starts in late June. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more information.

Rio Grande 185 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 610 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with last weeks rains. it is murky but clearing. The flows are trending downward although I think we'll see higher water when the snow melt begins. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamer, stonefly nymphs and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  104 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good  
The rainfall last week has brought everything up in flow here as well. The highest and most murky is the Guadalupe which is rather typical of such a large watershed. I have had good reports from the San Antonio and East Fork. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. The fishing program resumes this Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management .

Chama River 862 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 104 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 274 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until late May The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has slowly been steady making for the best fishing anywhere on the Chama. I think the fish are still in their winter lies and haven't dispersed as much. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has also been fairly steady but the water is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. 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 0.30 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 77 cfs at Cimarron
I did get an OK report from the Cimarron so I though I'd include it on this week's report. While the release out of the dam is nearly ZERO, there is some trib flow especially toward the eastern end of the state park. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 122 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 610 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. The release out of Platoro has been steady for the week making for some good fishing in the meadows. The water is murkier and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Arkansas River 342 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 489 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch is under way here. Currently it is from Parkdale upstream to the bottom of Brown's Canyon. Blue winged olives are still coming off in decent numbers and in some places the fish are preferring them over the caddis. Fish are still in winter lies for the most part especially upstream of Salida. Look for them in the deeper runs and pools.The upper river above Granite including Hayden Meadows is cold and not fishing as well as the lower river below Buena Vista. From BV downstream to Salida, blue winged olives are still the name of the game. The caddis hatch should still progress nicely upriver as long as the releases from Clear Creek or Twin Lakes doesn't stall it with an influx of colder water.

Animas River 1140 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. It had been trending downward but flows increased with last weeks storms and we will likely see snowmelt adding to the flow before too long. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold, but Williams Creek below the dam might be the most fishable although I haven't had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Thursday April 23, 2015

Spring is a season of much change. Stream flows and dam releases can change overnight. Be sure to check out stream flows at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

Become a Clean Angler! Learn how at  http://cleananglingpledge.org/


San Juan River 403 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The stream gauge apparently was wrong for most of the winter. It has since been re-calibrated and the current figure is correct. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. 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 Pecos; 104 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good: at Pecos National Historical Park; Slow    
We've seen an reduction in flows since most of the lower than 10,000-feet-in-elevation-snowpack is gone.The water is a little higher than we would normally see for this time of year, however it is clear enough to fish and the fish are eating well. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clear water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for a little depth as the fish have not made it out of their winter lies just yet. The Pecos National Historical Park did reopen to fishing this spring. It will remain open to fishing through May 11th. Every report that I've had from the Park isn't good. The river is a little more murky that far downstream and the fish populations are nowhere near what they were before the Treas Lagunas Fire. It is making a comeback, but the fishing experience has been negative.

Rio Grande 150 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 376 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally when it got warm enough to melt our lower elevation snowpack. It was triple the flows earlier in the month before irrigators started pulling off volumes of water. Despite the lower flows, the Rio is still murky. Barring any more increase in flows, it should get clearer and fish better. The caddis hatch was a short lived event that didn't make for better fishing mostly due to lack of clarity. The river is very wade friendly right now. Streamers, caddis pupa and larvae, and cranefly larvae should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  84 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good  
All of the streams in the Jemez are a coming down in flow and clarity. The highest and murkiest still is the Guadalupe. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. .

Chama River 584 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 371 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 417 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until late May The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has slowly been increased. This and warmer weather and water temps have increased the amount of fishable area, but the reports are fair at best. I think the fish are still in their winter lies and haven't dispersed as much. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has increased also. It's still wadeable at this level just not as easy as it has been all winter. Bigger flies are doing better than midges and baetis. San Juan worms, big stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are what's for dinner. The fishing on the Chama below Abiquiu Dam won't last as water demands increase over the summer and the release will keep going up. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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:

The Conejos River 50 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair: 188 cfs at Mogote Fair to Good.
The Conejos has been much like the Pecos. It went up and got murky with the warmer weather but has been getting clearer and the flows trending downward. Big stones and San Juan worms, g-strings and the like are the rule here. Look for them in the deeper part of the runs.

Arkansas River 228 cfs at Granite; Fair: 387 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch is under way here. Currently it is from Parkdale upstream to Wellsville. Blue winged olives are still coming off in decent numbers and in some places the fish are preferring them over the caddis. Fish ar still in winter lies for the most part. Look for them in the deeper runs and pools.The upper river above Granite including Hayden Meadows is cold and not fishing as well as the lower river below Buena Vista. From BV downstream to Salida, blue winged olives are still the name of the game. The caddis hatch should still progress nicely upriver as long as the releases fom Clear Creek or Twin Lakes doesn't stall it with an influx of colder water.

Animas River 417 cfs at Durango; Fair to Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold but trending downward everyday. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold but coming down. Williams Creek might be the most fishable although I have had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

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

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

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

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

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