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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday January 18, 2015

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San Juan River 331 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 to Good   
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 286 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 488 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: 104 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 214 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.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday December 22, 2014


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San Juan River 348 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
A steady flow rate and good fishing continues. Like any fishing situation, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. 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 has been 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 29 cfs near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good   
Cooler weather has finally arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing slower above the village of Pecos. Villanueva State Park was stocked on December 18th.  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 yopur hand upriver of Pecos.. 

Rio Grande 300 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 482 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. I have just started to get some better reports for the Rio for trout. Big dark nymphs and streamers will stand out more with the water being off color. Pike fishing is also picking up. 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  30 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will fish fairly well during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez was stocked on December 4th. 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  70 cfs at La Puente; Slow: 246 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  228 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is a at a good level. Fishing is slow with colder water temps affecting the fishing. The release below El Vado has been steady over the past few weeks. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado at Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a decent flow and has been steady for a couple of weeks making the fishing better downstream of the pavilion. The river is slightly murky, but the clarity is improving. 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 250 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is while the sun is on the water.  .    

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

For the most current stream 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, December 15, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday December 15, 2014


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San Juan River 353 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
A steady flow rate and good fishing continues. Like any fishing situation, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. 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 has been 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 17 cfs near Pecos; Fair: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good   
Cooler weather has finally arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing slower above the village of Pecos. Villanueva State Park was stocked on December 2nd.  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 yopur hand upriver of Pecos.. 

Rio Grande 395 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 602 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. I have just started to get some better reports for the Rio for trout. Big dark nymphs and streamers will stand out more with the water being off color. Pike fishing is also picking up. 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  14 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair  The lower sections of the Guadallupe, Jemez, and East Fork will fish fairly well during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez was stocked on December 4th. 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  49 cfs below Tierra Amarilla; Slow: 215 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  232 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is a at a good level. Fishing is slow with colder water temps affecting the fishing. The release below El Vado has been steady over the past few weeks. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado at Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a decnt flow and has been steady for a couple of weeks making the fishing better downstream of the pavillion. The river is slightly murky, but the clarity is improving. 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 13 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Poor: 12 cfs at Cimarron; Poor
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is up from nearly zero. Colder water and low flows will makethe fishing here difficult. The majority of the fish on the Cimarron are brown trout which have just completed their spawn only to have the release out of Eagle Nest dam reduced effectively de-watering their redds. Natural recruitment here is low, so consider fishing elsewhere until the release situation improves. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing fairly well. .

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River  12 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Slow to Poor: 40 cfs at Mogote; Slow
This will probably be the last report for the Conejos. Its a cold place over the winter and the river does ice up above Mogote. Some of the deeper runs and holes off of Highway 17 will be fishable, but give the drive, there is better opportunities closer to home.

Animas River 250 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is while the sun is on the water.  .    

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

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

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

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Friday November 28, 2014


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San Juan River 361 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
A steady flow rate and good fishing continues. Like any fishing situation, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. 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 has been 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 37 cfs near Pecos; Fair  
Cooler weather has fianlly arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing slower especially in the mornings. This weekend's warmer weather will improve the fishing somewhat, but it's still banker's hours. Egg patterns, dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a buoyant dry is one of the better tactics. Fish probably won't hit the dry, but it'll be a better unobtrusive indicator. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. 

Rio Grande 420 cfs at Cerro; Slow to Fair: 501 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Goood for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. Big dark nymphs and streamers will stand out more with the water being off color. Pike fishing is slow. 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  24 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair 
Lower sections of the Guadallupe, Jemez, and East Fork will fish fairly well during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemex has not been stocked yet, but should be soon. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Slow: 61 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 228 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  175 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is a at a good level. Fishing is spotty with a lot of the fish spending their energy on spawning. Avoid any redds you may encounter. The release below El Vado has been steady over the past few weeks. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado at Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has increased also making the fishing better downstream of the pavillion. The river is still murky, but the clarity is improving. 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 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Poor: 5 cfs at Cimarron; Poor
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam has finally been reduced to ZERO!! Given the flow at Cimarron, there isn't much for trib flow either, I hate this time of year on the Cimarron. The majority of the fish on the Cimarron are brown trout which have just completed their spawn only to have the release out of Eagle Nest dam reduced effectively de-watering their redds. Natural recruitment here is low, so consider fishing elsewhere until the release situation improves. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing fairly well. .

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River  37 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair: 120 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good
I'll continue to report on the Conejos as long as the release is this high out of Platoro. The cooloer night make for slow fishing in the mornings. Afternoons have been fair on the lower river where the water is a few degrees warmer. A hopper dropper rig works well in the low water. Medium sized nymphs like #12-14 twenty inchers and tungsten salvations were doing the most work. The road up to meadow section will be closing soon.

Animas River 284 cfs at Durango; Fair to Good
The Animas is a great fall fishery around Durango. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer water just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 485 cfs at Granite; Good: 938 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing has taken a hit with high releases out of Twin Lakes. The release is going down as of report time soon the situation may improve. The smaller bugs like baetis and midges will be the active ones over the winter. A dead drifted stonefly nymph with a trailing baetis or midge works well here.

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

For the most current stream 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.