Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

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Runoff is finally waning here in New Mexico and in southern Colorado and conditions are changing daily! You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 4310 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Bureau of Rec revised the ramp down schedule for the San Juan, It will begin next week and go down over the course of twelve days. Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. A lot of fish have moved into the side channels and can offer some asier getting around than the main river. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.  The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   20 on the Rio Mora; Good: 97 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
Wading is easier than it's been and the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are now up to Terrero although you'll find some out on the lower river also. The fish aren't used to seeing adult stoneflies yet so give your flies a few more drifts and skate and skitter it to get some attention. There are also some gray drakes, caddis and little yellow sallies that are bringing up fish as well especially above Rio Mora. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park is open as of Thursday June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 1020 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1460 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky with the last of spring snow melt on the tribs and dam releases in Colorado. Visibility is around a foot.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  17 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is clear. Stoneflies are out on the Guadalupe all the way to Porter's Landing although it is waning and the hatch doesn't seem as strong this year. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla are also fishing very well. Fishing can slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  118 cfs above Chama; Fair: 150 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair to Good: 494 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 244 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is murky despite the low release. It'll likely fish slow and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. Don't blink. The window for good fishing here will only last a couple of weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This stretch is a little high but the heat is quickly taking cae of the rest of the snowpack. Dry fly dropper rigs work well with the extra water and depth.. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 15 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 17 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
Warmer weather will actually help the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is can go up or down daily. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the most current stream flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

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

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

Click here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Wednesday June 22, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Runoff is finally waning here in New Mexico and in southern Colorado and conditions are changing daily! You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 4220 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Tomorrow is the scheduled day to decrease the release out of Navajo Dam. The flow will decrease by 500 cfs daily through July 4th. Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. A lot of fish have moved into the side channels and can offer some asier getting around than the main river. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.  The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   23 on the Rio Mora; Good: 169 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
Wading is easier than it's been and the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are now up to Terrero although you'll find some out on the lower river also. The fish aren't used to seeing adult stoneflies yet so give your flies a few more drifts and skate and skitter it to get some attention. There are also some gray drakes, caddis and little yellow sallies that are bringing up fish as well especially above Rio Mora. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park is open as of Thursday June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 974 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1400 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky with the last of spring snow melt on the tribs and dam releases in Colorado. Visibility is around a foot.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  13 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is clear. Stoneflies are out on the Guadalupe all the way to Porter's Landing although it is waning and the hatch doesn't seem as strong this year. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla are also fishing very well. Fishing can slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  132 cfs above Chama; Fair: 158 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair to Good: 158 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 203 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is murky despite the low release. It'll likely fish slow and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. Don't blink. The window for good fishing here will only last a couple of weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This stretch is a little high but the heat is quickly taking cae of the rest of the snowpack. Dry fly dropper rigs work well with the extra water and depth.. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 12 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 12 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
Warmer weather will actually help the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is can go up or down daily. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  2090 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is still high and being enjoyed by the river rafters.in full runoff. Look to fish some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 423 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 889 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos is still some big water but it's becoming more wadeable by the day. Stoneflies are out up to the fly water, but seemingly they are more inclined to take smaller nymphs. A few gray drakes have been spotted and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out  of Platoro is high but the edges do hold fish and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. I haven't had any reports on the tribs, but much like the main river they should be more fishable every day.

Rio Grande 1180 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1920 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair 
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and the release out of Rio Grande Reservoir still enables you to float it. No reports of stoneflies flying yet, but it should be any day now. Not a lot of surface activity but that could change the more things start flying. Nymphing or throwing streamers has still been the most productive.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 425 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 693 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Fair to Good
Snowmelt is rapidly declining around Pagosa. The actual flows on the Piedra more mimic th San Juan as the gauge is downstream of some diversion so thing are a little high. The smaller tribs and Williams Creek ahave bee doing fairly well. The San Juan has enough water to float but not for long. The East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek and the like should be doing well with a little less water. .

Arkansas River 1390 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2300 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have finally gone up keeping in tune with what is flowing into the reservoirs. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the murky water and the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

For the most current stream flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

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

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

Click here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Sunday June 12, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern colorado

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Runoff is finally waning here in New Mexico, but many streams across the border in Colorado are increasing in volume with warmer weather so conditions are changing daily! You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 4290 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   67 on the Rio Mora Fair to Good, 196 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Fair to Good 
Stoneflies are making their first appearances on the lower river. Currently the hatch is just below Terrero. Wading is still tough and crossing the river is even tougher below Rio Mora. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The water is a little clearer and there is less of it as you go upriver. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator had been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. The fish aren't used to seeing adult stoneflies yet so give your flies a few more drifts and skate and skitter it to get some attention. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting this Thursday June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 1380 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 2130 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is high and murky with spring snow melt on the tribs and dam releases in Colorado. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  24 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is clear. Stoneflies are out on the Guadalupe all the way to Porter's Landing. The hatch doesn't seem as strong this year but they are out and bringing fish to the surface. Try a dry dropper rig on the Guadalupe as the fish aren't as inclined to take dries, at least on the first drift anyway. The San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla are also fishing very well. Fishing can slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Fishing continues to very very good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  258 cfs above Chama; Slow: 489 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 648 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1670 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release is way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is high but not as high as last month. The river here fishes best below 400 cfs. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. It is still a little high and fast but it'll only get better in the next couple of weeks. Don't blink. The window for good fishing here will only last a few more weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This part of the world gets alot of snow and there is more is melting off with warmer weather. 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 .86 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 19 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. The runoff here is minimal and the river is quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  4260 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is very high and murky. Look to fish head water streams in the area.

The Conejos River 301 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1440 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last couple of weeks like everything else from snowmelt and a higher release out of Platoro. The meadows are at the upper limit of fishability with the higher release. Better fishing is around 100- 200 cfs. The lower river below Elk Creek is big water. It is fairly clear enough to fish, but safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 1200 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2900 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair 
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and the release out of Rio Grande Reservoir still enables you to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 2-3 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood. Nymphing or throwing streamers has been the most productive.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1190 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1560 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else even more so with the warmer weather. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing for a couple of weeks.

Arkansas River 1510 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2780 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have finally gone up keeping in tune with what is flowing into the reservoirs. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the murky water and the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

For the most current stream flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

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

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

Click here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

The Sunday June 5, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado

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Runoff is finally waning here in New Mexico, but many streams across the border in Colorado are increasing in volume with warmer weather so conditions are changing daily! You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows from our links page.

San Juan River 3960 cfs below Navajo Dam; Fair to Good
The Bureau of Reclamation has reduced the release at the request of New Mexico officials due to unsafe channel conditions near Farmington. This might be the highest the release will be this year and it may be of a shorter duration. I'll post new info and release data as it becomes available. Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   93 on the Rio Mora, 250 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
Stoneflies are making their first appearances on the lower river. Currently the hatch is at Dalton., but expect to see them higher upriver in the coming days. Wading is tough and crossing the river is even tougher below Rio Mora. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The water is a little clearer and there is less of it as you go upriver. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator had been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. The fish aren't used to seeing adult stoneflies yet so give your flies a few more drifts and skate and skitter it to get some attention. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 1550 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 2150 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs and dam release in Colorado. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  32 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is fairly clear. As usual the Guadalupe and de las Vacas higher up are the last to clear. Stoneflies are out on the lower Guadalupe. The hatch doesn't seem as strong this year but they are out and bringing fish to the surface. We've been fishing the San Antonio in the Valles Caldera a lot lately. The mornings are still a little slow for dry fly fishing, but fishing picked up pretty quickly once things warmed up. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for dry fly fishing in the Jemez outside of the Caldera. Try a dry dropper rig on the Guadalupe as the fish are as inclined to take dries, at least on the first drift anyway. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  338 cfs above Chama; Slow: 762 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 987 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1810 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is high but not as high as last weekend. The river here fishes best below 400 cfs. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. It is still high and fast and a little off color but it'll only get better in the next couple of weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This is one place that actually has seen an increase in flows. This part of the world gets alot of snow and more is melting off with warmer weather. 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 4. cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 25 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, the runoff here is minimal and the river is quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  4680 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is very high and murky. Look to fish head water streams in the area.

The Conejos River 340 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1750 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and a higher release out of Platoro. The meadows are at the upper limit of fishability with the higher release. Better fishing is around 100- 200 cfs. The lower river below Elk Creek is big water. It is fairly clear enough to fish, but safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 1200 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 3440 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair 
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and the release out of Rio Grande Reservoir still eanbles you to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 2-3 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood. Nymphing or throwing streamers has been the most productive.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1490 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1920 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else even more so with the warmer weather. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing until mid-June.

Arkansas River 1930 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2350 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have finally gone up keeping in tune with what is flowing into the reservoirs. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the murky water and the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

For the most current stream flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Sunday May 29, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Runoff is in full swing on almost all of the area waters around northern New Mexico. These are the conditions when the report was written. Conditions are changing daily! Flows are still high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, but they are declining. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows from our links page.

San Juan River 2960 cfs below Navajo Dam; Fair to Good
The Peak Spring Release has begun! The Bureau of Reclamation has reduced the release at the request of New Mexico officials due to unsafe channel conditions in Farmington. This is supposed to be temporary. I'll post new info and release data as it becomes available. Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   124 on the Rio Mora, 300 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
You can still fish the Pecos, but it will require throwing quite a bit of weight to get to where the fish are holding. Wading is tough and crossing the river is pretty much impossible. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The water is a little clearer and there is less of it as you go upriver. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator has been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. Eggs, San Juan worms and flies with some flash should also be on the menu. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 1120 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1670 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs and dam release in Colorado. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  48 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
We've been fishing the San Antonio in the Valles Caldera over the last two weeks. The mornings are still a little slow for dry fly fishing, but that fishing picked up pretty quickly once things warmed up. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for fishing in the Jemez outside of the Caldera. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation. I've had no reports from the Guadalupe, but flows are ideal and stoneflies should be making their way upriver. Fish are keying in on larger flies like stonefly nymphs. A dry dropper rig with a stimi trailing stonefly nymph or an attractor like a copper john should be working well. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  269 cfs above Chama; Slow: 797 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 2420 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1800 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is also way up. The Bureau of Rec. is sending water downstream to end up in  the middle Rio Grande to mimic a spring flood event over the next few weeks. Obviously wading will be the biggest challenge in higher water. Stay tuned. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a a couple of weeks before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. 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 7.0 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 29 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, the runoff here is minimal and the river is quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  1810 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. No reports from other area waters.  

The Conejos River 294 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1060 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and a higher release out of Platoro. The meadows are at the upper limit of fishability with the higher release. Better fishing is around 100- 200 cfs. The lower river below Elk Creek is big water. It is fairly clear enough to fish, but safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. 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 766 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2110 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 2-3 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood. Nymphing or throwing streamers has been the most productive.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1050 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 998 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing until mid-June.

Arkansas River 600 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 834 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Cooler weather and a relatively low releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have kept fishing on the Ark fairly good.  The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Flows can change with a release out of Twin Lakes, or Clear Creek reservoir. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

For the most current stream flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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Runoff has started on almost all of the area waters around northern New Mexico. These are the conditions when the report was written. Conditions are changing daily! Expect to see higher flows with warmer weather. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows from our links page.

San Juan River 4030 cfs below Navajo Dam; Fair to Good
The Peak Spring Release has begun! The river should reach 5000 cfs by Sunday. It will stay at 5000 cfs for 31 days and ramp back down over a two week period ending the peak release on July 4th. The river is going to be stirred up and murky for the first few days to a week. Give it some time for the fish to settle down and the water to clear.  Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   150 on the Rio Mora, 341 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
You can still fish the Pecos, but it will require throwing quite a bit of weight to get to where the fish are holding. Wading is tough and crossing the river is pretty much impossible. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The water is a little clearer and there is less of it as you go upriver. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator has been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. Eggs, San Juan worms and flies with some flash should also be on the menu. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 798 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1360 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  104 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
I fished the San Antonio in the Valles Caldera Tuesday. The morning was a little slow but the fishing picked up pretty quickly and the fish were looking up. Hoppers and beetles worked well.The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for fishing in the Jemez outside of the Caldera. Let things warm up a little before you start. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the lower flows and less murky water you'll see upriver. The lower Jemez and Guadalupe are high, fast, and murky as well. Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets. Fish are keying in on larger flies like stonefly nymphs. A two fly rig with a stone trailing a smaller caddis nymph or an attractor like a copper john should be working. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under Natioanl Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  247 cfs above Chama; Slow: 1410 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 1550 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1180 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is also way up from this weekend's flow. The Bureau of Rec. is sending water downstream to end up in  the middle Rio Grande to mimic a spring flood event over the next few weeks. The flows will go up steadily to match the natural flows on the Rio and should peak around Memorial Day weekend around 2000 cfs. Obviously wading will be the biggest challenge in higher water. Stay tuned. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. 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 1.7 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 29 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the runoff here to be minimal and the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  1240 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. No reports from other area waters.  

The Conejos River 176 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 820 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and although the higher release out of Platoro has been reduced for the time being. If the flows get to a stable level, then the clarity may return and become fishable. Safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. I have had good reports from people fishing in the meadows below Platoro. 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 859 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2320 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1180 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1250 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Arkansas River 470 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 742 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Cooler weather and a relatively low releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have kept fishing on the Ark fairly good. The release out of both reservoirs has gone up slightly but should be enough to really affect the fishing. The fishing is easiest from Salida upstream to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Flows can change with a release out of Twin Lakes, or Clear Creek reservoir. The clearest water will be upstream of Chalk Creek to Hayden Meadows. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

For the most current stream flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado 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 here for the Public Lands Information Center for a full list of fire restrictions and closures.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

FlyFishing Report for Thursday May 19, 2016

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Runoff has started on almost all of the area waters around northern New Mexico. These are the conditions when the report was written. Conditions are changing daily! Expect to see higher flows with warmer weather. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows from our links page.

San Juan River 2200 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The Peak Spring Release has begun! The river should reach 5000 cfs by Sunday. It will stay at 5000 cfs for 31 days and ramp back down over a two week period ending the peak release on July 4th. The river is going to be stirred up and murky for the first few days to a week. Give it some time for the fish to settle down and the water to clear.  Be careful if you are wading the river; you can still access much of the upper flats area by foot, or consider hiring a guide. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   155 on the Rio Mora, 351 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
You can still fish the Pecos, but it will require throwing quite a bit of weight to get to where the fish are holding. Wading is tough and crossing the river is pretty much impossible. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The water is a little clearer and there is less of it as you go upriver. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator has been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. Eggs, San Juan worms and flies with some flash should also be on the menu. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 945 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1590 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  121 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
I fished the San Antonio in the Valles Caldera Tuesday. The morning was a little slow but the fishing picked up pretty quickly and the fish were looking up. Hoppers and beetles worked well.The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for fishing in the Jemez outside of the Caldera. Let things warm up a little before you start. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the lower flows and less murky water you'll see upriver. The lower Jemez and Guadalupe are high, fast, and murky as well. Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets. Fish are keying in on larger flies like stonefly nymphs. A two fly rig with a stone trailing a smaller caddis nymph or an attractor like a copper john should be working. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under Natioanl Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all fisrt come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  231 cfs above Chama: 1510 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 995 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 897 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is also way up from this weekend's flow. The Bureau of Rec. is sending water downstream to end up in  the middle Rio Grande to mimic a spring flood event over the next few weeks. The flows will go up steadily to match the natural flows on the Rio and should peak around Memorial Day weekend around 2000 cfs. Obviously wading will be the biggest challenge in higher water. Stay tuned. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. 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 1.7 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 37 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the runoff here to be minimal and the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  1750 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. No reports from other area waters.  

The Conejos River 189 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 820 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and although the higher release out of Platoro has been reduced for the time being. If the flows get to a stable level, then the clarity may return and become fishable. Safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. I have had good reports from people fishing in the meadows below Platoro. 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 759 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2000 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1060 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1020 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Arkansas River 465 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 709 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Cooler weather and a relatively low releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have kept fishing on the Ark fairly good. The release out of both reservoirs has gone up slightly but should be enough to really affect the fishing. The fishing is easiest from Salida upstream to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Flows can change with a release out of Twin Lakes, or Clear Creek reservoir. The clearest water will be upstream of Chalk Creek to Hayden Meadows. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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