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