Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday August 15, 2015 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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San Juan River 629 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Bureau of Rec had temporarily raised the realease out of Navajo Dam to help dilute the plume of tainted water flowing into the lower San Juan from the Animas. The quality waters of the San Juan are well above the confluence of the Animas and will not be affected. As the summer goes on, we may see higher flows as the contribution of the Animas River into the San Juan declines. The fishing here continues to be very good. Midge hatches are the mid-day action from 10:00 am till 2:00 and baetis will come off in small numbers in the afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 below Texas Hole. A second midge hatch in the late afternoons keeps the dry fly action alive all the way down to Simon Canyon. 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.Black and dark gray are the evening midge colors in size 24-26. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sediment load continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 80 cfs on Mora River; Good: 162 cfs below Terrero; Good    
The eastern Sange de Cristo range got hit with more heavy rain again. As has been the case most of the summer, the river got high and murky again with the latest round of storms. There will always be less water and clearer water above Terrero. Caddis flies, yellow sallies, and hoppers are bringing some fish to the surface especially in the afternoons. Dry dropper rigs work best in the morning before things warm up. As far as nymphs go, on the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are still the top producers. Upriver, baetis nymphs, caddis larvae, and little golden stones are working subsurface. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season ended Sunday August 3rd. The dates for fall haven't been posted but keep checking. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 163 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 354 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is usually not a great place to fish mid-summer unless you go into the gorge or upriver of the Red. The water is very murky at Pilar which is typical during our rainy season. The Red River at times is also contributing some off color water. The best reports have been above it's confluence. If the cool influx of water stays around trout fishing can be good here between storms. The smallmouth fishing has picked up. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things clear up a bit.

Jemez Mountain Streams 35 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
The Jemez hasn't had the amount of rain that has hit the Pecos. Fishing has been more consistent with the lack of rain. Dry fly fishing can be slow mid-day and the murky periods. The streams of the Jemez do go through a phase of slower fishing during the summer. Early morning and late afternoons offer the best fishing. If you are there mid-day, nymphing will be more productive than dry fly fishing. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. The fishing program resumed earlier in  May on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 54 cfs at La Puente; Slow to Fair: 877 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 649 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at an decent level right now, however the irrigation return in this section of river has warmed it up and muddied it up considerably. The upper Chama in the Sargent Wildlife Area above the village of Chama is a little high for this time of year but that's a good thing. Fishing and wading are good and the water is clear between thunderstorms. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Higher releases out of El Vado occur regularly on the weekends throughout the summer. The current release makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late September or October. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 5.9 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 20 cfs at Cimarron
Localized rain storms have actually been a bonus for the Cimarron as the release out of Eagle Nest Lake is very low. The better fishing is at the lower east end of the state park. The reports I've had have been good. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 137 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 204 cfs at Mogote; Good.
I actually like a little more water on the lower river. The slightly higher release out of Platoro means that the Pinnacles are barely wadeable. This higher release out of Platoro doees make the fishing better in the meadows. The water is low and the fishing is tougher on the lower river. These fish become quite hatch centric and feed selectively. The amount of fishing pressure here also has a negative effect. Go small. PMD nymphs and beatis nymphs can end a slump. Throw dries if you see them rising and figure out what fly is bringing the fish up. Right now it seems to be PMD's along Highway 17 and green drakes up river, or a well placed hopper anywhere. The tribs are a great place to lose the crowds and find some willing fish..

Rio Grande 130 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 419 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good
The days of a high release out of Rio Grande Reservoir seem to be over. This limits the use of a boat to float fish but definitely helps out the wading angler. Red quills, caddis, and yellow sallies are all out. Lower dam release can mean some warmer water around South Fork and Del Norte. Think about fishing the tribs up high for cooler water and happier fish.   

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 151 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 71 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Warmer water and slower fishing is being seen on the big rivers. The Piedra and Williams Creek below the dam are especially so. The San Juan at Pagosa is still cool enough to have willing fish but warms quickly downstream. Put some time on your feet and fish the three weight on some of the smaller tribs. Caddis, PMD's, red quills and hoppers round out the dry fly choices. Keep the nymphs small like the #16 range. PMD nymphs, anato-mays, golden stone nymphs are working subsurface.

Animas River 437 cfs at Durango; Poor 
The Animas as most of you have seen from news reports doesn't look good. Some mine waste higher up in the drainage made it's way into the Animas over a week ago. The Animas is currently under a closure with no fishing allowed. The river looks like a normal clarity, although there is some evidence of the spill around in the form of orange colored sediment along the banks and in the eddies. Reports have been very slow in getting word to the public as to what health affects and the health of the fishery will be. It is believed that this mine waste is highly toxic. A study had been conducted twenty hours after the spill and so far the invertebrates sampled hadn't shown much ill effects. Time will tell how much damage has been done. Hermosa Creek and the other tribs to the Animas and the Pagosa area to the east of Durango offer the best fishing options.

Arkansas River 465 cfs at Granite; Good: 7 cfs at Salida; Good
High dam releases are seeming done on the Ark. The summer augmentation program ends today, although the general feeling is that the reduction in flows will be almost negligible with the abundant spring and summer precipitation here. There will be less water above Twin Lakes up into Hayden Meadows. The same bugs are seen flying the length of the river. Caddis, red quills, PMD's, little yelllow sallies, and golden stones are all out, however the best dry fly action is when the shadows fall back on the river late afternoons. Look for them in deeper water mid-day. There will be less rafting traffic above Buena Vista. Summer storms are most likely to murk up the river from Chalk Creek downstream.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 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.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Tuesday August 11, 2015 Fly Fishing Report for northern New Mexico and southern Colorado

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San Juan River 641 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Bureau of Rec had temporaily raised the realease out of Navajo Dam to help dilute the plume of tainted water flowing into the lower San Juan from the Animas. The quality waters of the San Juan are well above the confluence of the Animas and will not be affected. As the summer goes on, we may see higher flows as the contribution of the Animas River into the San Juan declines. The fishing here continues to be very good. Midge hatches are the morning action from 10:00 am till noon and baetis will come off in small numbers in the afternoon below Texas Hole. A second midge hatch in the late afternoons keeps the dry fly action alive all the way down to Simon Canyon. 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.Black and dark gray are the evening midge colors in size 24-26. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sediment load continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 150 cfs on Mora River; Good: 256 cfs below Terrero; Good    
The eastern Sange de Cristo range got hit with more heavy rain again. As has been the case most of the summer, the river got high and murky again with the latest round of storms. There will always be less water and clearer water above Terrero. Caddis flies, yellow sallies, and hoppers are bringing some fish to the surface especially in the afternoons. Dry dropper rigs work best in the morning before things warm up. As far as nymphs go, on the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are still the top producers. Upriver, baetis nymphs, caddis larvae, and little golden stones are working subsurface. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season ended Sunday August 3rd. The dates for fall haven't been posted but keep checking. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 172 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 382 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is usually not a great place to fish mid-summer unless you go into the gorge or upriver of the Red. The water is very murky at Pilar which is typical during our rainy season. The Red River at times is also contributing some off color water. The best reports have been above it's confluence. If the cool influx of water stays around trout fishing can be good here between storms. The smallmouth fishing has picked up. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things clear up a bit.

Jemez Mountain Streams 38 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
The Jemez hasn't had the amount of rain that has hit the Pecos. Fishing has been more consistent with the lack of rain. Dry fly fishing can be slow mid-day and the murky periods. The streams of the Jemez do go through a phase of slower fishing during the summer. Early morning and late afternoons offer the best fishing. If you are there mid-day, nymphing will be more productive than dry fly fishing. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. The fishing program resumed earlier in  May on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 75 cfs at La Puente; Slow to Fair: 198 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 649 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at an decent level right now, however the irrigation return in this section of river has warmed it up and muddied it up considerably. The upper Chama in the Sanrgent Wildlife Area above the village of Chama is a little high for this time of year but that's a good thing. Fishing and wading are good and the water is clear between thunderstorms. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Higher releases out of El Vado occur regularly on the weekends throughout the summer. 600 cfs makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late September or October. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 5.9 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 18 cfs at Cimarron
Localized rain storms have actuallly been a bonus for the Cimarron as the release out of Eagle Nest Lake is very low. The better fishing is at the lower east end of the state park. The reports I've had have been good. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 120 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 198 cfs at Mogote; Good.
I actually like a little more water on the lower river. The slightly higher release out of Platoro means that the Pinnacles are barely wadeable. This higher release out of Platoro doees make the fishing better in the meadows. The water is low and the fishing is tougher on the lower river. These fish become quite hatch centric and feed selectively. The amount of fishing pressure here also has a negative effect. Go small. PMD nymphs and beatis nymphs can end a slump. Throw dries if you see them rising and figure out what fly is bringing the fish up. Right now it seems to be PMD's along Highway 17 and green drakes up river, or a well placed hopper anywhere. The tribs are a great place to lose the crowds and find some willing fish..

Rio Grande 105 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 437 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good
The days of a high release out of Rio Grande Reservoir seem to be over. This limits the use of a boat to float fish but definitely helps out the wading angler. Red quills, caddis, and yellow sallies are all out. Lower dam release can mean some warmer water around South Fork and Del Norte. Think about fishing the tribs up high for cooler water and happier fish.   

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 185 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 75 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Warmer water and slower fishing is being seen on the big rivers. The Piedra and Williams Creek below the dam are especially so. The San Juan at Pagosa is still cool enough to have willing fish but warms quickly downstream. Put some time on your feet and fish the three weight on some of the smaller tribs. Caddis, PMD's, red quills and hoppers round out the dry fly choices. Keep the nymphs small like the #16 range. PMD nymphs, anato-mays, golden stone nymphs are working subsurface.

Animas River 564 cfs at Durango; Poor 
The Animas as most of you have seen from news reports doesn't look good. Some mine waste higher up in the drainage made it's way into the Animas. The Animas is currently under a closure with no fishing allowed. Reports have been very slow in getting word to the public as to what health affects and the health of the fishery will be. It is believed that this mine waste is highly toxic. A study had been conducted twenty hours after the spill and so far the invertebrates sampled hadn't shown much ill effects. Time will tell how much damage has been done. Hermosa Creek and the other tribs to the Animas and the Pagosa area to the east of Durango offer the best fishing options.

Arkansas River 475 cfs at Granite; Good: 775 cfs at Salida; Good
High dam releases are seeming done on the Ark. There will be less water above Twin Lakes up into Hayden Meadows. The same bugs are seen flying the length of the river. Caddis, red quills, PMD's, little yelllow sallies, and golden stones are all out, however the best dry fly action is when the shadows fall back on the river late afternoons. Look for them in deeper water mid-day. There will be less rafting traffic above Buena Vista. Summer storms are most likely to murk up the river from Chalk Creek downstream.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thursday July 30, 2015 Fly Fishing Report for northern New Mexico and southern Colorado

Sorry for the long time that has gone on between reports. Fishing locally has been good especially on the Pecos. This has kept us busy, but nonetheless I do appreciate being called out on neglecting the stream report. Please don't hesitate to do so in the future.  Ed-

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San Juan River 635 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The release out of Navajo Dam is higher than it was earlier in the week. We may see higher flows as the contribution of the Animas River into the San Juan declines. The fishing continues to be very good. A good rain storm here will produce another carpenter ant fall. The fish go nuts during the event. You'll be a lucky angler if you happen to be there. Midge hatches are the morning action from 10:00 am till noon and baetis will come off in small numbers in the afternoon below Texas Hole. A second midge hatch in the late afternoons keeps the dry fly action alive all the way down to Simon Canyon. 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.Black and dark gray are the evening midge colors in size 24-26. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sediment load continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 87 cfs on Mora River; Good: 228 cfs below Terrero; Good    
The river got high and murky again with the latest round of rain storms. As is the case, look for less water and clearer water above Terrero. Caddis flies, yellow sallies, and hoppers are bringing some fish to the surface especially in the afternoons. Dry dropper rigs work best in the morning before things warm up. As far as nymphs go, on the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are still the top producers. Upriver, baetis nymphs, caddis larvae, and little golden stones are working subsurface. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season started Thursday June 18th and ends this Sunday August 3rd. The dates for fall haven't been posted but keep checking. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 395 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 695 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is usually not a great place to fish unless you go into the gorge or upriver of the Red. The water is very murky at Pilar which is typical during our rainy season. The Red River at times is also contributing some off color water. The best reports have been above it's confluence. If the cool influx of water stays around trout fishing can be good here between storms. The smallmouth fishing will pick up once the water temps warm. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things come down a bit and clear up..

Jemez Mountain Streams 69 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
More heavy rains continue to besiege the streams of the Jemez Mountains. Dry fly fishing is slow during mid-day and the murky periods. The streams of the Jemez do go through a phase of tough fishing during the summer. Early morning and late afternoons offer the best fishing. If you are there mid-day, nymphing will be more productive than dry fly fishing. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. The fishing program resumed earlier in  May on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 94 cfs at La Puente; Slow to Fair: 186 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 365 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at an decent level right now, however the irrigation return in this section of river has warmed it up and muddied it up considerably. The upper Chama above the village of Chama is a little high for this time of year but that's a good thing. Fishing and wading are good and the water is clear between thunderstorms. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Higher releases out of El Vado occur regularly on the weekends throughout the summer. 600 cfs makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late September or October. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 3.3 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 75 cfs at Cimarron
Localized rain storms have actuallly been a bonus for the Cimarron as the release out of Eagle Nest Lake is very low. The better fishing is at the upper west end of the state park. The reports I've had before the rains have been good. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 55 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 163 cfs at Mogote; Good.
I actually like a little more water on the lower river, the bonus is that the lower release out of Platoro means that the Pinnacles are finally wadeable. The release out of Platoro is low enough that the meadows usually do not fish well but the pocket water below the meadows picks up. The water is low and the fishing tougher on the lower river. These fish become quite hatch centric and feed selectively. The amount of fishing pressure here also has a negative effect. Go small. PMD nymphs and beatis nymphs can end a slump. Throw dries if you see them rising and figure out what fly is bringing the fish up. Right now it seems to be PMD's along Highway 17 and green drakes up river, or a well placed hopper anywhere. The tribs are a great place to lose the crowds and find some willing fish..

Rio Grande 172 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 450 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good
The days of a high release out of Rio Grande Reservoir seem to be over. This limits the use of a boat to float fish but definitely helps out the wading angler. PMD's, red quills, caddis, and green drakes are all out. Lower dam release can mean some warmer water around South Fork and Del Norte. Think about fishing the tribs up high for cooler water and happier fish.   

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 199 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 121 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Warmer water and slower fishing is being seen on the big rivers. The Piedra and Williams Creek below the dam are especially so. The San Juan at Pagosa is still cool enough to have willing fish but warms quickly downstream. Put some time on your feet and fish the three weight on some of the smaller tribs. Caddis, PMD's, red quills and hoppers round out the dry fly choices. Keep the nymphs small like the #16 range. PMD nymphs, anato-mays, golden stone nymphs are working subsurface.

Animas River 564 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still a great raft ride, but clarity is the main issue for fly fishing. Hermosa Creek and the other tribs and the Pagosa area to the east of Durango offer the best fishing. If you give it a go, go with streamers or big stonefly nymphs with a trailing baetis nymph. Early mornings or late afternoons all the better.

Arkansas River 485 cfs at Granite; Good: 817 cfs at Salida; Good
High dam releases are seeming done on the Ark. There will be less water above Twin Lakes up into Hayden Meadows. The same bugs are seen flying the length of the river. Caddis, red quills, PMD's, little yelllow sallies, and golden stones are all out, however the best dry fly action is when the shadows fall back on the river late afternoons. Look for them in deeper water mid-day. There will be less rafting traffic above Buena Vista. Summer storms are most likely to murk up the river from Chalk Creek downstream.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association is holding their annual fundraiser Water, Wildflowers, and Trout on Sunday July 12th at the spectacular Brush Ranch. Social hour, cocktails, and silent auction start at 5:00 pm with a catered dinner at 6:00. Music by the Buckarettes. The cost is $75.00 per person. Please RSVP by July 8th with UPWA by calling 505-757-3600. See UPWA website for more details.


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San Juan River 371 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The fishing on the San Juan continues to be very good. Another good rain storm here will produce another carpenter ant fall. The fish go nuts during the event. You'll be a lucky angler if you happen to be there. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sediment load continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 34 cfs on Mora River; Good: 110 cfs below Terrero; Good    
The river is still a little high, but fairly clear throughout from Cowles to Pecos. It's much more wadable throughout. Recent storms have murked up the lower river below the Tres Lagunas burn scar. Clearer water can be found upstream. There are some stoneflies still out although the hatch is waning. Dry fly fishing is good on stoneflies, caddis, blue winged olives, and hoppers. As far as nymphs go, on the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are still the top producers. Upriver, baetis nymphs, caddis larvae, and little golden stones are working subsurface. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season started Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 744 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1300 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
Snowmelt is affecting the Rio less and less these days, but the river is more subject to dam release and heavy rain events. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is murky at Pilar and a bit clearer in the upper river above it's confluence with Red River. If the cool influx stays around trout fishing can be good between storms. The smallmouth fishing will pick up once the water temps warm. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things come down a bit and clear up..

Jemez Mountain Streams  63 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
The lower Jemez and Guadalupe had a huge flash flood this weekend. Both streams have jumped their banks and left a lot of debris along the rivers. This could have a negative impact on the fish and fishing. We'll see. Dry fly fishing is slowly improving on the Guadalupe. Nymphing still remains more productive then dry fly fishing. I have had good reports of better fishing on  the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Dry fly dropper rigs have been the better producers as not all of the fish are willing to commit to dries if the water has any depth to it. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 192 cfs at La Puente; Fair to Good: 202 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 340 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is coming down in flow everyday. The window looks like it has just opened on this stretch. Hit it now before the water gets diverted and slows the fishing. The upper Chama above the village of Chama is a little high and tough fishing and wading. The water is clear however, and I have had a report of good fishing. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Typically, higher releases out of El vado occur regularly on the weekends througout the summer. 600 cfs makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late August or September. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 3.0 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 107 cfs at Cimarron
Biblical rain storms here over the weekend sent tons of debris onto Highway 64, caused bad local flooding and took the life of a young boy scout on Philmont Scout Ranch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this young man. Most of the Cimarron is unaffected in the state park except where a debris flow dammed a section of river. The reports I've had before the rains have been good. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 271 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 523 cfs at Mogote; Good.
Spring snowmelt is finally waning here. The release out of Platoro is low enough that the meadows should fish fairly well. The water is a bit higher and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Stoneflies are out and gray drakes and PMD's are making their first appearances. Through the fly water, dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. Dry dropper rigs with a long dropper are also catching fish. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not too high to wade.

Rio Grande 1200 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1970 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
The release although rather high has been steady for over a week now. Stoneflies are out and I suspect that green drakes could be as well as the timing is right for that bug also. Fishing out of a boat should be good, but tougher on the wading angler. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has also been good.   

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 441 cfs at Arboles; Fair to Good; San Juan River 498 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Fair to Good
Spring snowmelt is subsiding around the Pagosa area opening up a lot more fishing. The headwater streams or smaller tribs of the San Juan east of Pagosa or the upper forks of the Piedra are the most fishable right now. The timing is right for PMD's stoneflies and drakes to start flying here as well.

Animas River 2780 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair 
The Animas is still quite high but clear. Fishing should improve with declining flows. The Pagosa area to the east of Durango has the best conditions locally. Keep checking flows. Better fishing is around the corner.  

Arkansas River 1530 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2790 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Dam releases from Sugarloaf Reservoir to Clear Creek as well as runoff from the tribs has caused the Ark to go up in flow like every other stream in the region. The better fishing is going to be upriver of Buena Vista and Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Wading is tough but the Hayden Meadows area is the best bet. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 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.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Friday June 12, 2014 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Tomorrow, Saturday June 13th is the Annual Pecos River Cleanup. Please come and join the Upper Pecos Watershed Association and help clean up our public accesses along the Pecos.Volunteers are asked to meet at  the UPWA office in Pecos at 9:30 am.  See their website for more details.

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San Juan River 314 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is much improved with almost four feet of visibility and the fishing is good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 104 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 203 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good    
The river is high, but fairly clear throughout from Cowles to Pecos. It's definitely tough wading so pick your access carefully. Currently the flows are coming down after what looks like the peak last week. Stoneflies are out. Dry fly fishing is still slow as the fish are seemingly reluctant to rise for them. On the lower river below Terrero, the bigger darker stonefly nymphs are the top producers.  I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies.Try some sofa pillows and rogue foams for the dries. Smaller nymphs are working better up river. Typical baetis nymphs, pheasant tails, and caddis larvae have been the top choices Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season starts Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 511 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1250 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with snowmelt and dam releases in Colorado. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is murky at Pilar and I suspect even in the upper river above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamers, stonefly nymphs, and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish once things come down a bit and clear up..

Jemez Mountain Streams  53 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good  
I just had the first report of stoneflies on the Guadalupe last week. Not much action however. Nymphing still remains more productive then dry fly fishing. I have had reports of better fishing on  the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Dry fly dropper rigs have been the better producers as not all of the fish are willing to commit to dries if the water has any depth to it. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 890 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 699 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 905 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is coming down in flow but is still high, cold, and murky. Runoff is still upon the upper Chama and fishing may remain tough for a couple of more weeks. The release below El Vado dam varies a lot. Typically, higher releases out of El vado occur regularly on the weekends througout the summer. 600 cfs makes fishing more difficult. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. The lower release is generally from Sunday through Thursday. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu isn't very consistent. I'd check this place off of the list until late August or September. The release is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 0.2 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 51 cfs at Cimarron
Apparently the warmer weather has taken its toll on the Cimarron. Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park is putting in some murky water and the river is collecting more dirty trib flow downstream. Give it a week or so for flows on the tribs to come down and things to clear up.Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 99 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1650 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
Spring snowmelt has hit the Conejos and the river has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. The release out of Platoro is low enough that the meadows should fish fairly well. The water is higher 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 1200 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 3150 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam operators have increased the release out of Rio Grande Reservoir big time. Fishing out of a boat should be good, but tougher on the wading angler. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1830 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1840 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and spring snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing. Maybe Williams Creek below the dam.

Animas River 6740 cfs at Durango; Poor 
The Animas is incredibly high and murky and cold. Warm weather has accelerated the snowmelt causing the river to swell dramatically. I'd book a raft trip here before I'd consider fishing the Animas. Keep checking flows. The peak of runoff apparently was later than I thought. It looks like it will be awhile before conditions start improving.  

Arkansas River 1430 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 2460 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Dam releases from Sugarloaf Reservoir to Clear Creek as well as runoff from the tribs has caused the Ark to go up in flow like every other stream in the region. The better fishing is going to be upriver of Buena Vista and Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Wading is tough but the Hayden Meadows area is the best bet. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on.

 Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go or CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.


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

Call us at the shop for conditions on waters not listed here. 505-988-7688 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.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Friday May 29, 2015

This week's rainfall has affected almost all rivers and streams in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out the links from our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with rain and snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 185 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 250 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good    
The rainfall last week has caused the river to go up in flow but it is currently on it's way down barring any more rain or snowmelt. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clearer water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water. The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season starts Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 212 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 852 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with last weeks rains. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is very murky at Pilar. The river is at a much more fishable clarity and flow above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamer, stonefly nymphs and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  114 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good  
Despite the rain that has brought everything up in flow, the streams are clearing and the fishing is improving. The highest and most murky is the Guadalupe which is rather typical of such a large watershed. No reports of stoneflies. Yet. Look at fishing the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 1090 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 877 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 981 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky and not to mention, dangerous. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until early June The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has been increased with the higher inflow. It's not very fishable at these high flows. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has also been increased. The water is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 0.42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 91 cfs at Cimarron
I did get an OK report from the Cimarron awhile back so I though I'd include it on this week's report. While the release out of the dam is nearly ZERO, there is some trib flow especially toward the eastern end of the state park. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 151 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 667 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. This is my next best bet to the San Juan for a place to fish while everything else is in runoff. The release out of Platoro has been rather steady for the week making for some good fishing in the meadows. The water is higher 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 768 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1780 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release has kept the flows in check on the upper Rio Grande near Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there has been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float at times. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2-3 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1050 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1030 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and lots of rain fall has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing. Maybe Williams Creek below the dam.

Animas River 1850 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. It had been trending downward but flows increased with last weeks storms and we will likely see snowmelt adding to the flow before too long. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold, but Williams Creek below the dam might be the most fishable although I haven't had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

Arkansas River 702 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 1130 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch was in full swing although the reports have been diminishing. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on. Lots of rain has fallen up here as well making the river from Salida downstream very murky and a bit higher. The better fishing is upstream of Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. The wading got tougher with an increase in the releases from Clear Creek Reservoir and Twin Lakes. Best reports have been from Hayden Meadows.

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 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. 505-988-7688 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, May 24, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday May 24, 2015

This week's rainfall has affected almost all rivers and streams in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Stream flows and dam releases can and have changed overnight. Be sure to check out the links from our links page for stream flows for New Mexico and Colorado before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 353 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan remains a solid bet as a place to have good fishing especially with rain and snowmelt affecting every other river. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River 210 cfs on Mora River; Slow to Fair: 294 cfs below Terrero; Slow to Fair    
The abundant rainfall this week has caused the river to go up in flow again. It's currently on it's way down and barring any more rain or snowmelt the river should be fishable in clarity and flow in a few days. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clearer water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for depth as the fish don't have much else for holding water.The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season starts Thursday June 18th. See the Pecos National Historical Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 256 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1270 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally with this weeks rains. It's a great time to raft the Rio with these flows. The water is very murky at Pilar. The river is at a much more fishable clarity and flow above it's confluence with Red River. Some sporadic blue winged olive hatches are occurring but not in big enough numbers to bring fish to the surface. Bigger flies like streamer, stonefly nymphs and crane fly larvae with a trailing caddis pupa or larvae or baetis nymphs should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  189 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good  
Despite the rain this week that has brought everything up in flow, the streams are clearing and the fishing is improving. The highest and most murky is the Guadalupe which is rather typical of such a large watershed. Look at fishing the head water streams like the Cebolla above Seven Springs Fish Hatchery or the East Fork or the San Antonio in or just out side the Valles Caldera. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. The fishing program resumed Friday May 15th on the Valles Caldera. The rules have changed now that the Preserve is under Park Service management. See their website for the details.

Chama River 1470 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 1020 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1300 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky and not to mention, dangerous. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until early June The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has been increased with the higher inflow. It's not very fishable at these high flows. Look for a release under 400 for safe wading and better fishing. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has also been increased. The water is being drawn from the base of the dam flushing silt into the river. It is very murky below Abiquiu Dam and will likely remain so until fall. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 0.42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 131 cfs at Cimarron
I did get an OK report from the Cimarron so I though I'd include it on this week's report. While the release out of the dam is nearly ZERO, there is some trib flow especially toward the eastern end of the state park. Red midge larvae and scuds were the best flies. PMD nymphs, baetis nymphs, San Juan worms, and golden stone fly nymphs round out the fare for the Cimarron.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 130 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 568 cfs at Mogote; Fair to Good.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. This is my next best bet to the San Juan for a place to fish while everything else is in runoff. The release out of Platoro has been steady for the week making for some good fishing in the meadows. 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 392 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1410 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release has kept the flows in check on the upper Rio Grande near Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there has been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float at times. Still no stoneflies out yet. Should be another 2-3 weeks.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1030 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1020 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and lots of rain fall has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs, I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Animas River 1880 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. It had been trending downward but flows increased with last weeks storms and we will likely see snowmelt adding to the flow before too long. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold, but Williams Creek below the dam might be the most fishable although I haven't had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

Arkansas River 377 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 809 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch was in full swing although the reports have been diminishing. Blue winged olives are still the most hatch centric thing going on. Lots of rain has fallen up here as well making the river from Salida downstream very murky and a bit higher. The better fishing is upstream of Chalk Creek. Any tributary that you can get above is generally resulting in clearer water. Conditions should remain good as long as the releases from Clear Creek or Twin Lakes doesn't increase.

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 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. 505-988-7688 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.