Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Tuesday July 19, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Learn more at http://www.100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp

Summer rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 811 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Spring Peak Release is over and we'll see some stable flows for a while. The Bureau of Rec will leave the release at the current level since there has been a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  You can almost hear David Byrne's lyrics; same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Not much change as it's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.  The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   17 on the Rio Mora; Good: 51 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are done, but the bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis, blue-winged olives, and little yellow sallies bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot part of the day. The Rio Mora is low but fishing well and is perfectly suited to throwing dry flies. .Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla    86 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Fair to Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The rating has been somewhat reduced to fair as the release out of the dam is a little too high for optimum fishing. I thinks it's best from 30 to 70 cfs. The higher flows forces the fish tighter to the banks. Your casts will have to be a little more accurate for the time being. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 203 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 362 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. We are advising people not to fish here as the higher water temps making reviving a released trout almost impossible. Visibility is around a foot.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  9.2 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with the cooler water temps.  Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also work on the surface. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  43 cfs above Chama; Good: 46 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 853 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 1070 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release typically does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accommodate the river rafters.. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. 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 42 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 34 cfs at Cimarron; Good
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is can go up or down daily. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. PMD's, caddis and little yellow sallies are good choices for fishing dry.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  431 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango, but the clarity is good. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 181 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 253 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes however are making there first appearances in the fly water and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. The current release is too high for anyone but the burliest waders heading into the Pinnacles. Elk Creek, the South Fork and Lake Fork are also fishing very well for the angler seeking some solitude and a chance to catch cutthroats.

Rio Grande 168 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 408 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for stonefly dries and green drakes. Access is tough below South Fork and that section is best fished from a boat. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 86 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 85 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.

Arkansas River 550 cfs at Granite; Good: 750 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. PMD's, caddis and golden stones are the choice flies for the Ark.

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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

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

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

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Saturday July 16, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Learn more at http://www.100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp

Summer rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 811 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Spring Peak Release is over and we'll see some stable flows for a while. The Bureau of Rec will leave the release at the current level since there has been a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  You can almost hear David Byrne's lyrics; same as it ever was, same as it ever was. Not much change as it's still a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.  The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   7.5 on the Rio Mora; Good: 41 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are done, but the bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis and little yellow sallies bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot part of the day. The Rio Mora is low but fishing well and is perfectly suited to throwing dry flies. .Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

The Rio Costilla    85 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Fair to Good
The Rio Costilla has been fishing well since opening day on July 1st. The rating has been somewhat reduced to fair as the release out of the dam is a little too high for optimum fishing. I thinks it's best from 30 to 70 cfs. The higher flows forces the fish tighter to the banks. Your casts will have to be a little more accurate for the time being. Hoppers, humpies, stimulators, hippie stompers, royal wulffs and other high riding dry flies hugging the banks are good choices.

Rio Grande 235 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 418 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. We are advising people not to fish here as the higher water temps making reviving a released trout almost impossible. Visibility is around a foot.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  7.8 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair to Good
The Jemez streams are low and the water is clear. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with the cooler water temps.  Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also work on the surface. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  43 cfs above Chama; Good: 37 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow to Fair: 494 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 509 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here in the pocket water. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release typically does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accommodate the river rafters.. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. 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 30 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 24 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is can go up or down daily. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. PMD's, caddis and little yellow sallies are good choices for fishing dry.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  517 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still high and being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 112 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 209 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes however are making there first appearances in the fly water and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. The current release is also at a good level for access into the Pinnacles. Elk Creek, the South Fork and Lake Fork are also fishing very well for the angler seeking some solitude and a chance to catch cutthroats.

Rio Grande 181 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 350 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for stonefly dries and green drakes. Access is tough below South Fork and that section is best fished from a boat. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 88 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 92 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.. .

Arkansas River 515 cfs at Granite; Good: 750 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. PMD's, caddis and golden stones are the choice flies for the Ark.

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 flow data, see our links page or click here for New Mexico Stream Flows. or here for Colorado Steam Flows.

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

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

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

The Saturday Juy 9, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Learn more at http://www.100thmeridian.org/emersion.asp

Summer rains and changes in dam release can affect your fishing plans. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows or Colorado Stream Flows here or from our links page.

San Juan River 1280 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The Bureau of Rec has been ramping down their scheduled Spring Peak Release for the last couple of weeks. We could see a slight increase later this month however if there is a significant drop in flows on the Animas River. The Bureau of Rec is mandated to keep a target flow below the city of Farmington which is a bonus for anglers fishing the San Juan,  A lot of fish have moved into the side channels and can offer some easier getting around than the main river. Currently it's a midges game. Long line nymphing with a standard attractor and midge larvae set up. Fish pupa patterns higher up in the column around 10 or 11 am. Even thought the baetis hatches are waning and not bringing a lot of fish to the surface, they seem to key in on baetis patterns after lunch until the evening when midges become the favorite trout food again. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Move down river after lunch to get the baetis hatch. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.  The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River   9.9 on the Rio Mora; Good: 52 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Very Good 
There is still some decent flows on the Pecos keeping fish happy and feeding. Barring any runoff from rain, the river is quite clear. Stoneflies are done, but the bugs of summer are all over from Dalton and up past Cowles. Hoppers, caddis and little yellow sallies bringing up fish. A dropper nymph on a buoyant dry fly can keep you into fish in the sunniest hot part of the day. The Rio Mora is low but fishing well and is perfectly suited to throwing dry flies. .Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park runs through Monday August 8. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 481 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 805 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is murky. Summer rains may keep it that way for some time. The Rio for most of us is a better fall through spring fishery anyway and there are plenty of other places that are fishing well to keep anyone occupied. Visibility is around a foot.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  12 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The bottom is dropping out of the Jemez streams and flows are low and the water is clear. Hoppers, caddis and little yelow sallies are out and are also bringing fish to the surface. The headwaters of the San Antonio, East Fork, and the Cebolla tend to fish better with the cooler water temps. Fishing can be slow mid-day in the bright sun so seek some shady areas or fish the mornings or evenings. Fishing continues to good in the Valles Caldera. Hoppers and beetles worked well, but caddis or stimulators will also bring up fish. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all first come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  58 cfs above Chama; Good: 71 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 494 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 509 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This stretch is a showing a little more water than normal, but it is wadeable. Dry fly dropper rigs work well here with the extra water and depth. Check the flows before you go as this part of the Chama does get murky if it rains upriver. The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is at a nice level. Get a look before you hike down into it. Irrigation return upstream does murk up the water and makes it warmer to where the only thing you'll find are carp. It is a good place to target carp if that is your thing. It'll likely fish slow for trout and have murky water through the summer. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is down to a fishable level during the week. The release does go up on Friday and back down on Sundays to accomodate the rafters.. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are the top flies on the river flowing out of El Vado. 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 27 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 23 cfs at Cimarron; Fair
Warmer weather has actually helped the stream here as it forces the water managers to release more water for the irrigators. Always check the flows before you go as the release is can go up or down daily. The river does pick up more trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park and Clear Creek on the lower end. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. PMD's, caddis and little yellow sallies are good choices for fishing dry.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  957 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is still high and being enjoyed by the river rafters near Durango. I did get a good report from a guy fishing streamers upriver of the Hermosa Creek confluence near Purgatory. Other good fishing can be had on some of the tribs around the ski resort or around Pagosa.

The Conejos River 166 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 341 cfs at Mogote; Good.
The Conejos is fishing very well especially on the surface. Stoneflies are waning although there are a few still flying above South Fork. Gray drakes are also declining. Green drakes however are making there first appearances in the fly water and I'd expect to see some pale morning duns very soon. The release out of Platoro is still decent enough to hold fish on the edges and they are gaga for a San Juan worm. Elk Creek, the South Fork and Lake Fork are also fishing very well for the angler seeking some solitude and a chance to catch cutthroats.

Rio Grande 325 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good: 723 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Good 
Dam release seems to be over and the river is at a nice level on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. The fish are still prefering to feed on the surface going for stonefly dries and green drakes. Access is tough below Creede and that section is best fished from a boat. There is still enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to enable you to float it. The other bugs of summer like hoppers, caddis and yellow sallies are also flying and working on fish..  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 160 cfs at Arboles; Good; San Juan River 178 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good
Excellent summer fishing around Pagosa. The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are great places to camp and fish. The San Juan in Pagosa is fishing well but does see a fair amount of pressure. Consider the East Fork, Sand Creek and Turkey Creek especially for fishing dries. Stoneflies, caddis, hoppers, and PMD's are out.. .

Arkansas River 606 cfs at Granite; Good: 1380 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes are matching their respective inflows making for some excellent fishing on much of the Ark. The wading is easiest upstream of Twin Lakes outflow to Hayden Meadows. The river from Buena Vista down stream into Brown's Canyon sees a lot of rafting traffic. I find it better to fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon. It's still high water so the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Southern Colorado:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Southern Colorado:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River  258 cfs above Chama; Slow: 489 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 648 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1670 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release is way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is high but not as high as last month. The river here fishes best below 400 cfs. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. It is still a little high and fast but it'll only get better in the next couple of weeks. Don't blink. The window for good fishing here will only last a few more weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This part of the world gets alot of snow and there is more is melting off with warmer weather. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River .86 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair: 19 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. The runoff here is minimal and the river is quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 05, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River  338 cfs above Chama; Slow: 762 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 987 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1810 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is high but not as high as last weekend. The river here fishes best below 400 cfs. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies on the river flowing into El Vado. It is still high and fast and a little off color but it'll only get better in the next couple of weeks. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. This is one place that actually has seen an increase in flows. This part of the world gets alot of snow and more is melting off with warmer weather. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 4. cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 25 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, the runoff here is minimal and the river is quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

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

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

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

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

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

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