Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Wednesday October 22, 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 33 cfs near Pecos; Fair to Good  
Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up although nymphs are still picking up most of the fish. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries; however, some of the browns above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, and small mayflies like blue winged olives. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. 

Rio Grande 305 cfs at Cerro; Slow to Fair: 360 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Goood for smallmouth bass
The Rio has nearly doubled in flow since last report. I did however get some very credible reports of people catching fish up the gorge. Reports have been much more varied at Pilar, although there are some good fall back places to fish near Pilar. The fish are mostly eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers, and caddis larvae should be among the fly choices. A big hopper with a dropper can also work along the banks. 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  18 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
Fishing should continue to be good with this weather. It's bankers hours fishing. Some dry fly fishing is available mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators. Try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa for those reluctant fish.

Chama River  above the town of Chama;Fair to  Good: 51 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 79 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  72 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
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 declining over the past few weeks. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado at Coopers. This should be the start of the best time to be below El Vado. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has been reduced also matching the release out of El Vado. The river is still murky. The clarity will improve here in a month or so when they change the release out of a higher penstock. 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 21 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 22 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam has been steady now over the past week. Get it while it's good. This has greatly improved the fishing here although do not expect it top last very long. Once the irrigation need downstream are over for the winter, we won't see fishable flows on the Cimarron until spring. Always check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase in water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River  30 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 85 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good
Blue winged olives are more active and one of the few bugs to bring fish to the surface especially on the cloudier days. Hoppers and other terrestrials are also working up top. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, red quills and caddis for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Animas River 540 cfs at Durango; Fair to Good
The Animas is a great fall fishery around Durango. Currently the river is higher than normal but it will come down in flow and clear up as long as we don't get any more rain up there. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy again. 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 167 cfs at Granite; Good: 352 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now in Big Horn Sheep Canyon below Salida. Cool mornings are making the fishing slower upriver. It's banker's hours fishing from Buena Vista up. Good blue winged olive hatches have been occurring near Salida. A big attractor and blue winged olive nymph under an indicator has been the best set up. There are short lived hatches that are also bringing fish to the surface in the afternoons.

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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Saturday October 11, 2014

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Please join us for the latest showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Friday October 17th at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The film tour is a series of short films or trailers sure to inspire you to get out and fly fish! Doors open at 6:00 pm for a social hour and the films start at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www. newmexicotrout.org or from Los Pinos Fly and Tackle shop. For more information or for other dates and tour schedules, see the film tour website at www.The F3T.com. Brought to you by New Mexico Trout.

Rio Costilla .41 cfs below Costilla Dam; Extremely Poor!!
The release out of the dam has been reduced to pretty much ZERO. Fishing is done for the year on New Mexico's crowning jewel of a stream. Put this place on your radar for next summer. The best fishing is within the Valle Vidal unit of Carson national Forest which is only open from July 1st through December 31st. Obviously you'll only have a few months to fish here so plan accordingly.

San Juan River 366 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Heavy rainfall over the past month in the Animas watershed has kept the Bureau of Rec from releasing any more water into the San Juan out of Navajo Dam. As a result of a steady flow rate, fishing continues to be good. 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 in August 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  53 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos River did go up in flow after yesterdays rains, but it didn't have a huge spike. Pretty much like it's been all summer, the river downstream of Holy Ghost Creek can muddy up after rainfall in those areas burned during last year's Tres Lagunas Fire. The Pecos River above Terrero will be much clearer and is fishing well. Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up although nymphs are the best producers. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries; however, some of the browns above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, and small mayflies like blue winged olives. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 163 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 360 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for trout, Slow for pike, Goood for smallmouth bass
The Rio has nearly doubled in flow since last report. I did however get some very credible reports of people catching fish up the gorge. Reports have been much more varied at Pilar, although there are some good fall back places to fish near Pilar. There is also some high releases out of Rio Grande Reservoir in Colorado and water is still being diverted between Del Norte and Monte Vista which can change at any time now. Any changes may result in some murky water although good fall fishing on the Rio isn't far off. The fish are mostly eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers, and caddis larvae should be among the fly choices. A big hopper with a dropper can also work along the banks. 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  28 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Good
Recent rainfall has brought most of the Jemez streams up in flow. The increase has been very slight and fishing should continue to be good especially as this weather clears up. The San Antonio, originating in the Valles Caldera can muddy up after heavy rains, but the other streams aren't as affected. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve ends tomorrow Sunday October 12th. Fishing is limited to the East Fork only. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 73 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 110 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  128 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The Chama River is also being affected by this weekends storms. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir has come up and is murky. This stretch should clear fairly quick. The release below El Vado has been declining rather steadily over the past few weeks. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado at Coopers. This should be the start of the best time to be below El Vado. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has been reduced somewhat matching the release out of El Vado. The river is still murky. The clarity will improve here in a month or so when they change the release out of a higher penstock. 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 23 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 23 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam has been icreased over the past week. This will greatly improve the fishing here although do not expect it top last very long. Once the irrigation need downstream are over for the winter, we won't see fishable flows hon the Cimarron until spring. Always check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase in water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River  39 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 126 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good
Blue winged olives are more active and one of the few bugs to bring fish to the surface especially on the cloudier days. Hoppers and other terrestrials are also working up top. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, red quills and caddis for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Animas River 895 cfs at Durango; Fair to Good
The Animas is a great fall fishery around Durango. Currently the river is higher than normal but it will come down in flow and clear up as long as we don't get any more rain up there. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy again. 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 150 cfs at Granite; Good: 373 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now in Big Horn Sheep Canyon below Salida. Cool mornings are making the fishing slower upriver. It's banker's hours fishing from Buena Vista up. Good blue winged olive hatches have been occurring near Salida. A big attractor and blue winged olive nymph under an indicator has been the best set up. There are short lived hatches that are also bringing fish to the surface in the afternoons.

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.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Saturday October 4, 2014

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Please join us for the latest showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Friday October 17th at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The film tour is a series of short films or trailers sure to inspire you to get out and fly fish! Doors open at 6:00 pm for a social hour and the films start at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www. newmexicotrout.org or from Los Pinos Fly and Tackle shop. For more information or for other dates and tour schedules, see the film tour website at www.The F3T.com. Brought to you by New Mexico Trout.

Rio Costilla .41 cfs below Costilla Dam; Extremely Poor!!
The release out of the dam has been reduced to pretty much ZERO. Fishing is done for the year on New Mexico's crowning jewel of a stream. Put this place on your radar for next summer. The best fishing is within the Valle Vidal unit of Carson national Forest which is only open from July 1st through December 31st. Obviously you'll only have a few months to fish here so plan accordingly.

San Juan River 322 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Heavy rainfall over the past three weeks in the Animas watershed has kept the Bureau of Rec from releasing any more water into the San Juan out of Navajo Dam. As a result of a steady flow rate, fishing continues to be good. 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 in August 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  42 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos River is currently running clear however, the river downstream of Holy Ghost Creek can muddy up after rainfall in those areas burned during last year's Tres Lagunas Fire. The Pecos River above Terrero will be much clearer and is fishing well. Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries; however, a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, and small mayflies like blue winged olives. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 163 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 360 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for trout, Slow for pike, Goood for smallmouth bass
The Rio has been clearing although it did go up in flow by about 100 cfs over the last two dayswhich may have changed the clarity. Good fall fishing on the Rio isn't far off. Rafting around Pilar is done for the season. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hoppers late in the day. The fish are mostly eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers, and caddis larvae should be among the fly choices. 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  13 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Good
Cooler weather and much needed rainfall has improved the fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams. The San Antonio, originating in the Valles Caldera can muddy up after heavy rains, but the other streams aren't as affected. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve runs through October 12th. Fishing is limited to the East Fork only. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 34 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 194 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  316 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. This section can get murky after heavy rainfall so check clarity in Chama before you commit.  Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is low although fishing has improved some this stretch. The release below El Vado has been rather steady over the past few weeks. Weekend river rafting below El Vado is over for the season. Fishing will onlyh improve as we move into fall here. 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 been somewhat consistent although the river is very murky. The clarity will improve here in a month or so when they change the release out of a higher penstock. 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 8.9 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow: 11 cfs at Cimarron; Slow
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is down once again making for some terrible fishing here over the summer. I suspect that we won't see any higher flows as the irrigation season iis pretty much done. Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase in water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River  27 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 91 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good
Blue winged olives are more active and one of the few bugs to bring fish to the surface especially on the cloudier days. Hoppers and other terrestrials are also working up top. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, red quills and caddis for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 198 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 745 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Red quills and baetis are the main hatches with some caddis in the mix. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is up for the moment but may go down to 60 cfs or less without any notice. This is good for the wading angler, however floatiing has become difficult unless you are below Wagon Wheel Gap.

Pagosa Area: 558 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Fair to Good: 372 cfs on the San Juan at Pagosa Springs; Good
Heavy rainfall two weeks ago and again last week has made most of the area waters high and murky. They are all clearing now but taking a while to come down in flow. Red quills, blue winged olives, and caddis are out and the summer standard, a hopper pattern are making for some good dry fly fishing. The monsoon rains are still affecting the fishing so consider some of the other streams in the area as a fallback if something muddies up. .

Animas River 1030 cfs at Durango; Fair to Good
The Animas has tripled in flow with some more heavy rainfall last weekend. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy again. 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 235 cfs at Granite; Good: 415 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now that the releases out of Twin lakes have come down for the season. The instream work at Hayden Meadows is over and the muddy water is gone. The river below Salida can muddy after heavy rain. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. It's all about BWO's, red quills, and caddis lately.

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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Saturday September 27, 2014

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Please join us for the latest showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour on Friday October 17th at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The film tour is a series of short films or trailers sure to inspire you to get out and fly fish! Doors open at 6:00 pm for a social hour and the films start at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www. newmexicotrout.org or from Los Pinos Fly and Tackle shop. For more information or for other dates and tour schedules, see the film tour website at www.The F3T.com. Brought to you by New Mexico Trout.

Rio Costilla 27 cfs below Costilla Dam; Good
The release out of the dam has been reduced over the last few weeks. I anticipate that flows will go down even more as the need for water downstream is diminished. Get up here soon while there is a fishable flow left in the creek. The Costilla continues to fish fairly well. Ideal flows on this stream are from 30 to 50 cfs. The lack of pressure here during the week days will make for some good fishing. Those cutthroats strike fast so be quick on the hook set. Concentrate on the soft water along the banks. Hoppers make an obvious choice as well as any high riding attractor like royal wulff, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and pmx's.

San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Heavy rainfall over the past two weeks in the Animas watershed has kept the Bureau of Rec from releasing any more water into the San Juan out of Navajo Dam. As a result of a steady flow rate, fishing continues to be good. 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 in August 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  48 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos River is currently running clear however, the river downstream of Holy Ghost Creek can muddy up after rainfall in those areas burned during last year's Tres Lagunas Fire. The Pecos River above Terrero will be much clearer and is fishing well. Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries; however, a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, and small mayflies like blue winged olives. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 106 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 266 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for trout, Slow for pike, Goood for smallmouth bass
The Rio has been clearing although it may get murky if we get any more local rainfall. Good fall fishing on the Rio isn't far off. Rafting around Pilar is done for the season. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hoppers late in the day. The fish are mostly eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers, and caddis larvae should be among the fly choices. 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  15 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Good
Cooler weather and much needed rainfall has improved the fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams. The San Antonio, originating in the Valles Caldera can muddy up after heavy rains, but the other streams aren't as affected. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve runs through October 12th. Fishing is limited to the East Fork only. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 20 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 270 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  274 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. This section can get murky after heavy rainfall so check clarity in Chama before you commit.  Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is low although fishing has improved some this stretch. The release below El Vado has been rather steady over the past few weeks. Weekend river rafting below El Vado is over for the season. Fishing will onlyh improve as we move into fall here. 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 been somewhat consistent although the river is very murky. The clarity will improve here in a month or so when they change the release out of a higher penstock. 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 9.3 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow: 11 cfs at Cimarron; Slow
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is down once again making for some terrible fishing here over the summer. I suspect that we won't see any higher flows as the irrigation season iis pretty much done. Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase in water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 51 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 78 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good
Blue winged olives are more active and one of the few bugs to bring fish to the surface especially on the cloudier days. Hoppers and other terrestrials are also working up top. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, red quills and caddis for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 154 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 481 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Red quills and baetis are the main hatches with some caddis in the mix. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is up for the moment but may go down to 60 cfs or less without any notice. This is good for the wading angler, however floatiing has become difficult unless you are below Wagon Wheel Gap.

Pagosa Area: 235 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Fair to Good: 117 cfs on the San Juan at Pagosa Springs; Good
Heavy rainfall last week has made most of the area waters high and murky. They are all clearing now but taking a while to come down in flow. I am still geting favorable reports from the upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek.The lower Piedra is getting better with more water and cooler temps. Red quills, blue winged olives, and caddis are out and the summer standard, a hopper pattern are making for some good dry fly fishing. The monsoon rains are still affecting the fishing so consider some of the other streams in the area as a fallback if something muddies up. .

Animas River 649 cfs at Durango; Fair to Good
The Animas is murky but will clearer if we get a few days break from the rain. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy again. 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 228 cfs at Granite; Good: 415 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now that the releases out of Twin lakes have come down for the season. The instream work at Hayden Meadows is over and the muddy water is gone. The river below Salida can muddy after heavy rain. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. It's all about BWO's, red quills, and caddis lately.

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.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday September 7, 2014

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Rio Costilla 62 cfs below Costilla Dam; Good
Water manager are letting more water out of the dam than they have in recent weeks. The Costilla continues to fish fairly well. Ideal flows on this stream are from 30 to 50 cfs. The lack of pressure here during the week days will make for some good fishing. Those cutthroats strike fast so be quick on the hook set.  The extra water is making the fish hold that much tighter to the banks. Concentrate on the soft water along the banks. Hoppers make an obvious choice as well as any high riding attractor like royal wulff, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and pmx's.

San Juan River 721 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The abundant rainfall has kept the Bureau of Rec from raising the release very much out of Navajo Dam. It's still a a bonus to have the extra water and a steady flow rate. 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 a few of weeks ago pouring 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  56 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos River is currently running clear however, the river downstream of Holy Ghost Creek can muddy up after rainfall in those areas burned during last year's Tres Lagunas Fire. The Pecos River above Terrero will be much clearer and is fishing well. Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries however, a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, yellow sallies, and small mayflies like red quills, blue winged olives,  and PMD's. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised pmd's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 126 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 291 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio has been clearing after it murked up from our summer rains.Good fall fishing on the Rio isn't far off. Rafting around Pilar is done for the season. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch. has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hopper late in the day. The fish are mostly eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers, and caddis larvae should be among the fly choices. 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  7.6 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Good
Cooler weather and much needed rainfall has improved the fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams. The San Antonio in the Valles Caldera can muddy up after heavy rains, but the other streams aren't as affected. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve runs through October 12th. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 19 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 612 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  570 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. This section can get murky after heavy rainfall so check clarity before you commit.  Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is low although fishing has improved some this stretch. The release below El Vado usually goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons, so the weekend flow rate might not be reflected on this report. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. 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 river below Abiquiu isn't very consistent mostly from higher releases out of the dam. Some very heavy rainfall around Abiquiu has sent some sediment into this section of the Chama and it is very murky. 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 31 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow: 29 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is for the monet and has been for over a week. Check those flows before you go. The water managers are being a little stingy and aren't letting a lot out of the dam unless the irrigators are calling for it. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 83 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 140 cfs at Mogote; Good
Blue winged olives are more active and one of the few bugs to bring fish to the surface especially on the cloudier days. Hoppers and other terrestrials are also working up top. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, red quills and caddis for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 65 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 254 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Red quills and baetis are the main hatches with some caddis in the mix. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir varies a little, but hasn't affected the fishing much. This is good for the wading angler, however floatiing has become difficult unless you are below Wagon Wheel Gap.

Pagosa Area: 72 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 46 cfs on the San Juan at Pagosa Springs; Good
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. The lower Piedra is getting better with more water and cooler temps. Red quills, blue winged olives, and caddis are out and the summer standard, a hopper pattern are making for some good dry fly fishing. The monsoon rains here can affect the fishing so consider some of the other streams in the area as a fallback if something muddies up. .

Animas River 2597 cfs at Durango; Good
The Animas is murky but will clearer if we get a few days break from the rain. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy from summer rains. 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 221 cfs at Granite; Good: 408 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now that the releases out of Twin lakes have come down for the season. Some instream work at Hayden Meadows may muddy the stream for a little while. The river below Salida can muddy after heavy rain. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. It's all about PMD's, red quills,  and caddis lately.

It's summer 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, August 24, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday August 24, 2014

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Rio Costilla 46 cfs below Costilla Dam; Good
No change here. The Costilla continues to fish very well. The release out of Costilla Reservoir has been remarkably steady keeping fish in the same lies for most of the summer. Ideal flows on this stream are from 30 to 50 cfs. The lack of pressure here during the week days will make for some good fishing. Those cutthroats strike fast so be quick on the hook set. Concentrate on the soft water along the banks. Hoppers make an obvious choice as well as any high riding attractor like royal wulff, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and pmx's.

San Juan River 753 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The abundant rainfall has kept the Bureau of Rec from raising the release very much out of Navajo Dam. It's still a a bonus to have the extra water and a steady flow rate. 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 a few of weeks ago pouring 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  59 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos River is currently running clear however, the river downstream of Holy Ghost Creek can muddy up after rainfall in those areas burned during last year's Tres Lagunas Fire. The Pecos River above Terrero will be much clearer  and is fishing well. Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries however, a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, yellow sallies, and small mayflies like red quills, blue winged olives,  and PMD's. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised pmd's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 174 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 328 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio has been clearing after it murked up from our summer rains.Good fall fishing on the Rio isn't far off. Rafting around Pilar has slowed although you can avoid them altogether by fishing the take outs at County Line or in the Orilla Verde section early to avoid the rafters and than switch to the put ins for the afternoon. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch. won't have any rafts and has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hopper late in the day. The fish are mostly eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers, and caddis larvae should be among the fly choices. 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  19 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Good
Cooler weather and much needed rainfall has improved the fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams. The San Antonio in the Valles Caldera can muddy up after heavy rains, but the other streams aren't as affected. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed in May. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 46 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 295 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  629 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. This section can get murky after heavy rainfall so check clarity before you commit.  Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is low although fishing has improved some this stretch. The release below El Vado usually goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons, so the weekend flow rate might not be reflected on this report. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. 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 river below Abiquiu isn't very consistent mostly from higher releases out of the dam. Some very heavy rainfall around Abiquiu has sent some sediment into this section of the Chama and it is very murky. 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; Slow: 13 cfs at Cimarron; Slow
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam has been very lowfor quite a while. Check those flows before you go. The water managers are being a little stingy and aren't letting a lot out of the dam unless the irrigators are calling for it. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 76 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 166 cfs at Mogote; Good
PMD's continue to hatch on the Conejos and blue winged olives are also out mostly on the cloudier days. These hatches will move upriver and we should see some of those bugs as far as the Pinnacles or meadows below Platoro. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, light cahills, PMD's for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 105 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 331 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
PMD's and red quills are the main hatches with some caddis in the mix. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir varies a little, but hasn't affected the fishing much. This is good for the wading angler, however floatiing has become difficult unless you are below Wagon Wheel Gap.

Pagosa Area: 111 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 78 cfs on the San Juan at Pagosa Springs; Good
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. The lower Piedra is getting better with more water and cooler temps. PMD's, red quills, and caddis are out and the summer standard, a hopper pattern are making for some good dry fly fishing. The monsoon rains here can affect the fishing so consider some of the other streams in the area as a fallback if something muddies up. .

Animas River  417 cfs at Durango; Good
The Animas is murky but will clearer if we get a few days break from the rain. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy from summer rains. 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 207 cfs at Granite; Good: 437 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now that the releases out of Twin lakes have come down for the season. Some instream work at Hayden Meadows may muddy the stream for a little while. The river below Salida can muddy after heavy rain. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. It's all about PMD's, red quills.  and caddis lately.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Wednesday August 20, 2014

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Rio Costilla 45 cfs below Costilla Dam; Good
The Costilla continues to fish very well. The release out of Costilla Reservoir has been remarkably steady keeping fish in the same lies for most of the summer. Ideal flows on this stream are from 30 to 50 cfs. The lack of pressure here during the week days will make for some good fishing. Those cutthroats strike fast so be quick on the hook set. Concentrate on the soft water along the banks. Hoppers make an obvious choice as well as any high riding attractor like royal wulff, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and pmx's.

San Juan River 700 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The abundant rainfall has kept the Bureau ofr Rec from raising the release out of Navajo Dam. It's still a a bonus to have the extra water and a steady flow rate. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, 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 a couple of weeks ago pouring 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  62 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos river downstream of Holy Ghost Creek can muddy up after rainfall in those areas burned during last year's Tres Lagunas Fire. The Pecos River above Terrero is much clearer  and is fishing well. Dry dropper rigs have been the top producers in the morning. Dry fly fishing improves once things warm up. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries however, a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, yellow sallies, and small mayflies like red quills, blue winged olives,  and PMD's. Dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised pmd's hung below a big dry work well in the morning and in the deeper runs for most of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 198 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 360 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice level for fishing although clarity has been affected by our summer rains.There can be some rafting traffic around Pilar. Consider fishing the take outs at County Line or in the Orilla Verde section early to avoid the rafters and than switch to the put ins for the afternoon. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch. won't have any rafts and has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hopper late in the day. Mostly, the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. 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 ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  17 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Good
Cooler weather and much needed rainfall has improved the fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams. The San Antonio in the Valles Caldera can muddy up after heavy rains, but the other streams aren't as affected. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed in May. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 35 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 295 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  311 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. This section can get murky after heavy rainfall so check clarity before you commit.  Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is low although fishing has improved some this stretch. The release below El Vado usually goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. 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 river below Abiquiu isn't very consistent mostly from higher releases out of the dam. Some very heavy rainfall around Abiquiu has sent some sediment into this section of the Chama and it is very murky. 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 8.1 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow: 11 cfs at Cimarron; Fair with reservations
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is down once again. Check those flows before you go. The water managers are being a little stingy and aren't letting a lot out of the dam unless the irrigators are calling for it. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternative and is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 95 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 157 cfs at Mogote; Good
PMD's continue to hatch on the Conejos and blue winged olives are also out mostly on the cloudier days. These hatches will move upriver and we should see some of those bugs as far as the Pinnacles or meadows below Platoro. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles are wadeable. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, BWO's, light cahills, PMD's for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, PMD emergers, and bat wing mergers for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 63 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 331 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
PMD's and red quills are the main hatches with some caddis in the mix. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir has been reduced. This is good for the wading angler, however floatiing has become difficult unless you are below Wagon Wheel Gap.

Pagosa Area: 108 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 101 cfs on the San Juan at Pagosa Springs; Good
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. The lower Piedra is getting better with more water and cooler temps. PMD's, red quills, and caddis are out and the summer standard, a hopper pattern are making for some good dry fly fishing. The monsoon rains here can affect the fishing so consider some of the other streams in the area as a fallback if something muddies up. .

Animas River  349 cfs at Durango; Good
The Animas is murky but will clear if we get a few days break from the rain. There is some rafting traffic around Durango but less of it upstream.  Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some clearer water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy from summer rains. 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 252 cfs at Granite; Good: 489 cfs at Salida; Good
The fishing is is good and the wading is easier now that the releases out of Twin lakes have come down for the season. Some instream work at Hayden Meadows may muddy the stream for a little while. The river below Salida can muddy after heavy rain. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. It's all about PMD's, red quills.  and caddis lately.

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