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.

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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.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for April 11, 2015

Spring is a season of much change. I try to be a lot quicker to update this page, however flows and dam releases can change overnight. Be sure to check out stream flows at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 366 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this year and the clarity still isn't great but the fishing is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors, but the fish are actually eating. Use a bigger midge or baetis pattern that has a little flash and you'll do better .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 has moved 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; 149 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good: at Villanueva State 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. Villanueva State Park really only fishes after it's stocked. Ti will not be stocked again until next December.

Rio Grande 176 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 458 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally whne it got warm enough to melt our lower elevation snow[ack. It was triple the flows last week before irrigators staring 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. No reports of caddis yet. They'll still hatch, it's just a mater of how wadeable and clear it will be when the event happens. IT is very wade friendly right now. Streamers, caddis pupa and larvae, and cranefly larvae should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  129 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good  
All of the streams in the Jemez are a bit high, some higher and more murky than others. The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork are for sure. The San Antonio and Cebolla are fishing better. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for deeper pockets and use bigger bugs to counter the current. .

Chama River 646 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 98 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 236 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high 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 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. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. 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 53 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair: 191 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 179 cfs at Granite; Fair: 304 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The upper river above Granite including Hayden Meadows is cold and not fishing as well as the lower river from Buena Vista on down past Salida. Blue winged olives are still the name of the game throughout the river system. Caddis may pop any day now with the warmer water temps on the downstream end closer to Canon City Fish ar still in winter lies for the most part. Look for them in the deeper runs and pools.

Animas River 597 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. Fishing hasn't picked up on the Animas. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold. It may be awhile until fishable clarity and wadeable flows return. Much like the upper Chama, there is more snow than we have farther south and it' could be late May before it's worht going. 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.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday March 2, 2015

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this year and the clarity has been affected. The fishing is rated as good however. Visibility is better than eighteen inches right now. Bigger fare with some color and flash in the pattern will get more attention. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors. Use a bigger midge or baetis pattern that has a little flash and you'll do better . Other than the clarity, the fishing hasn't changed much. Midges are 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. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair    
This weekend's weather has slowed things down above the village, but a few more days of sunshine and it'll be fishing better. Stonefly nymphs and baetis patterns have been shown the most love. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva.

Rio Grande 437 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 703 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio did go up again in flow and did get murky with some of last weekend's precipitation. I expect a little higher flow and more murky water as temps warm up again. The murky water has slowed the pike fishing, but the trout fishing is improved. Baetis patterns following an attractor like a crane fly larvae was working well for one of my customers. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  61 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get out during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez does get stocked. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River 100 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 53 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 45 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. 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:

Animas River 219 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. 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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday February 23, 2015

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this year and the clarity has been affected. The fishing is rated as good however. Visibility is better than eighteen inches right now. Bigger fare with some color and flash in the pattern will get more attention. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors. Use a bigger midge or baetis pattern that has a little flash and you'll do better . Other than the clarity, the fishing hasn't changed much. Midges are 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. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair    
The warm weather of last week has improved the fishing on the Pecos above the village. This weekend's weather has slowed things down, but a few more days of sunshine and it'll be fishing better. Stonefly nymphs and baetis patterns have been shown the most love. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva.

Rio Grande 294 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 610 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio did go up in flow and did get murky with some localized snowmelt last week. The runoff has subsided but I expect a little higher flow and murky water as temps warm up again. The murky water has slowed the pike fishing, but the trout fishing is improved. Baetis patterns following an attractor like a crane fly larvae was working well for one of my customers. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  20 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get out during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez does get stocked. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River ice at La Puente; Poor: 55 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 51 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. 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:

Animas River 227 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. 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.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday January 25, 2015

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San Juan River 361 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this month and the clarity has been affected. I've had mixed reports with most of the negative ones occuring right after the event. Since then the water seems to have improved in clarity, enough anyway that I had a solid report of someone fishing a late day midge hatch and caught fish on dry flies. Other than the clarity, the fishing sounds like not much has changed. Midges are 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. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Poor: at Villanueva State Park; Fair    
Cooler weather has finally arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing much slower above the village of Pecos. Many of the shaded stretches are covered in ice. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva. Smaller dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a buoyant dry is one of the better tactics if you dare to try your hand upriver of Pecos.. 

Rio Grande 294 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 501 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. The cold of winter has really slowed the trout fishing on the Rio. Some longer days and more sunshine would help improve that situation. Big dark nymphs and streamers will do more to entice a reluctant trout than the small stuff.  Jarrett has had a few successful pike trips over the last few weeks. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  ice above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez was stocked on January 6th. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River ice at La Puente; Poor: 98 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 51 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. 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:

Animas River 210 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. 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 the middle of 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.