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.
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