Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River  247 cfs above Chama; Slow: 1410 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 1550 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow: and 1180 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone way up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is also way up from this weekend's flow. The Bureau of Rec. is sending water downstream to end up in  the middle Rio Grande to mimic a spring flood event over the next few weeks. The flows will go up steadily to match the natural flows on the Rio and should peak around Memorial Day weekend around 2000 cfs. Obviously wading will be the biggest challenge in higher water. Stay tuned. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 1.7 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 29 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the runoff here to be minimal and the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

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

The Conejos River 176 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 820 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and although the higher release out of Platoro has been reduced for the time being. If the flows get to a stable level, then the clarity may return and become fishable. Safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. I have had good reports from people fishing in the meadows below Platoro. The water is murkier and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 859 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2320 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

FlyFishing Report for Thursday May 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Chama River  231 cfs above Chama: 1510 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 995 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 897 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky and the release has gone up pretty much making fishing here impossible. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is also way up from this weekend's flow. The Bureau of Rec. is sending water downstream to end up in  the middle Rio Grande to mimic a spring flood event over the next few weeks. The flows will go up steadily to match the natural flows on the Rio and should peak around Memorial Day weekend around 2000 cfs. Obviously wading will be the biggest challenge in higher water. Stay tuned. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 1.7 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 37 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
Boo for New Mexico being one of a few states that do not have instream flow laws that keep a waterway from being de-watered. The release out of Eagle Nest Dam reflects that fact and is very low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the runoff here to be minimal and the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

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

The Conejos River 189 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 820 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and although the higher release out of Platoro has been reduced for the time being. If the flows get to a stable level, then the clarity may return and become fishable. Safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. I have had good reports from people fishing in the meadows below Platoro. The water is murkier and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 759 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2000 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday May 16, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Monday May 16, 2016

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

San Juan River 418 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Two days left before the Peak Spring Release! The Bureau of Rec has finalized the release schedule for the Peak Spring Release out of Navajo Dam. There will be a five day ramp up from the current release to 5000 cfs starting on Wednesday May 18th. The release will stay at 5000 cfs for 31 days and ramp back down over a two week period ending the peak release on July 4th. Fishing here will remain as good as ever. Expect some moss and vegetation to get kicked up initially and the fish will be redistributed, but that should shake itself out fairly quickly. 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   210 on the Rio Mora, 453 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
You can still fish the Pecos, but it will require throwing quite a bit of weight to get to where the fish are holding. Wading is tough and crossing the river is pretty much impossible. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The water is a little clearer and there is less of it as you go upriver. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator has been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. Eggs, San Juan worms and flies with some flash should also be on the menu. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 670 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1280 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  160 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for fishing in the Jemez. Let things warm up a little before you start. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the lower flows and less murky water you'll see upriver. The lower Jemez and Guadalupe are high, fast, and murky as well. Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets. Fish are keying in on larger flies like stonefly nymphs. A two fly rig with a stone trailing a smaller caddis nymph or an attractor like a copper john should be working. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under Natioanl Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all fisrt come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day. The first day to access the San Antonio, Jaramillo Creek or the Rito de los Idios is Sunday May 15th. Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  338 cfs above Chama: 1760 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 316 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 365 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky despite a wadeable and fishgable level. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado is up from this weekend's flow. The Bureau of Rec. is sending water downstream to end up in  the middle Rio Grande to mimic a spring flood event over the next few weeks. The flows will go up steadily to match the natural flows on the Rio and should peak around Memorial Day weekend around 2000 cfs. Obviously wading will be the biggest challenge in higher water. Stay tuned. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 7.8 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 39 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is rather low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear, clear enough anyway. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  2640 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. No reports from other area waters.  

The Conejos River 359 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1110 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else from snowmelt and add to that a higher release out of Platoro. If the flows get to a stable level, then the clarity may return and become fishable. Safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. I have had good reports from people fishing in the meadows below Platoro. The water is murkier and the wading is tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. I haven't had any reports on the tribs. They could fish well also as long is it's not the one contributing runoff.

Rio Grande 697 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2320 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1440 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1630 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Arkansas River 440 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 668 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Cooler weather and a relatively low releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have kept fishing on the Ark fairly good. The release out of both reservoirs has gone up slightly but should be enough to really affect the fishing. The fishing is easiest from Salida upstream to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Flows can change with a release out of Twin Lakes, or Clear Creek reservoir. The clearest water will be upstream of Chalk Creek to Hayden Meadows. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday May 15, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

San Juan River 408 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Two days left before the Peak Spring Release! The Bureau of Rec has finalized the release schedule for the Peak Spring Release out of Navajo Dam. There will be a five day ramp up from the current release to 5000 cfs starting on Wednesday May 18th. The release will stay at 5000 cfs for 31 days and ramp back down over a two week period ending the peak release on July 4th. Fishing here will remain as good as ever. Expect some moss and vegetation to get kicked up initially and the fish will be redistributed, but that should shake itself out fairly quickly. 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   205 on the Rio Mora, 422 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
You can still fish the Pecos, but it will require throwing quite a bit of weight to get to where the fish are holding. Wading is tough and crossing the river is pretty much impossible. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator has been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. Eggs, San Juan worms and flies with some flash should also be on the menu. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 607 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1190 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  99 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for fishing in the Jemez. Let things warm up a little before you start. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the lower flows and less murky water you'll see upriver. The lower Jemez and Guadalupe are high and fast. I'd expect them to be murky as well. Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets. Fish are keying in on larger flies like stonefly nymphs. A two fly rig with a stone trailing a smaller caddis nymph or an attractor like a copper john should be working. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under Natioanl Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all fisrt come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day. The first day to access the San Antonio, Jaramillo Creek or the Rito de los Idios is Sunday May 15th. Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  397 cfs above Chama: 1330 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 211 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 370 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murky despite a wadeable and fishgable level. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado has been somewhat steady and the clarity is at least a foot which is good for this stretch. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable. There is a new stream gauge above Chama. It will reflect what is flowing through the Sargent Wildlife Area. Flows are too high, but we'll continue to utilize the new gauge in our reports. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 7.8 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 37 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is rather low. It'll likely remain this way until runoff subsides and irrigators call for water. Fortunately trib flow starting with Tolby Creek at the upper end of the state park adds to the flow. Gauging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  23600 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. No reports from other area waters.  

The Conejos River 271 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 1010 cfs at Mogote; Slow to Fair.
The Conejos has come up in flow over the last week like everything else. A higher release and increased trib flow has negatively affected this river. If the flows get to a stable level, then the clarity may return and become fishable. Safe and easy wading on the other hand won't return until mid-June. The release out of Platoro has varied somewhat, but I have had good reports from people 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 673 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 2110 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande above Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 1370 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 1540 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Arkansas River 390 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 596 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
Coll weather and a relatively low releases out of Clear Creek and Twin Lakes have kept fishing on the Ark fairly good. The fishing is easiest from Salida upstream to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Flows can change with a release out of Twin Lakes, or Clear Creek reservoir. The clearest water will be upstream of Chalk Creek to Hayden Meadows. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. Stonefly nymphs with trailing beatis nymph seems to be the best set-up..

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

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

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday May 13, 2016 Fly Fishing Report for Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

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

San Juan River 403 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The Bureau of Rec has finalized the release schedule for the Peak Spring Release out of Navajo Dam. There will be a five day ramp up from the current release to 5000 cfs starting on Wednesday May 18th. The release will stay at 5000 cfs for 31 days and ramp back down over a two week period ending the peak release on July 4th. Fishing here will remain as good as ever. Expect some moss and vegetation to get kicked up initially and the fish will be redistributed, but that should shake itself out fairly quickly. 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   157 on the Rio Mora, 331 cfs on the Pecos near Terrero; Slow to Fair 
You can still fish the Pecos, but it will require throwing quite a bit of weight to get to where the fish are holding. Wading is tough and crossing the river is pretty much impossible. Look for areas that naturally hold fish like the big holes around Dalton, Windy Bridge, and Willow Creek. The typical two fly nymph rig with a large stonefly nymph with a smaller trailing fly under an indicator has been the best producer. European style nymphing works even better in the faster currents. Eggs, San Juan worms and flies with some flash should also be on the menu. Panchuela and Holy Ghost Creeks have a little less water and might offer an alternative to the main stem. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 16th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Rio Grande 677 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 1040 cfs at Pilar; Slow to for trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is getting higher and murkier every day with spring snow melt on the tribs. Visibility is less than a foot. The caddis hatch is pretty much done although you might see some here and there.  If you go, use big nymphs such as big crane flies or stoneflies or throw streamers. At least with a streamer, you never know what you'll get but your chances of catching something will increase. Pike fishing is slow. Your best bet for them is a large streamers that move water. There is also lots of rafting traffic around Pilar.

Jemez Mountain Streams  145 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla are the best bets for fishing in the Jemez. Let things warm up a little before you start. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the lower flows and less murky water you'll see upriver. The lower Jemez and Guadalupe are high and fast. I'd expect them to be murky as well. Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets. Fish are keying in on larger flies like stonefly nymphs. A two fly rig with a stone trailing a smaller caddis nymph or an attrsactor like a copper john should be working. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under Natioanl Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all fisrt come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day. The first day to access the San Antonio, Jaramillo Creek or the Rito de los Idios will Sunday May 15th. Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Chama River  1330 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 202 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 306 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow to Poor
The river below Abiquiu is very murk despite a wadeable and fishgable level. Look to fish elsewhere. The release below El Vado has been somewhat steady and the clarity is at least a foot which is good for this stretch. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is very high and fast . It'll be a month or more before that stretch becomes wadeable.  Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River 7.8 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 38 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is rather 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. Guaging at the low flows recorded at Cimarron, I suspect the river to be quite fishable and fairly clear. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river. This place will provide somewhere to fish now that runoff seems to be affecting most of the other local waters.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River  1450 cfs at Durango; Slow 
The Animas is in full runoff. The water is high and murky. Fishing with atreamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention just take caution while wading. No reports from other area waters.  

The Conejos River 160 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair to Good: 662 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 varied somewhat, but I have had good reports from people 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 409 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1560 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Dam release is accounting for most of the water on the upper Rio Grande near Creede. Streamer fishing and nymph fishing has been good and there is been enough of a release out of Rio Grande Reservoir to float it. It's a little early for stoneflies. Should be another 3-4 weeks. Caddis are the only things flying, but the fish aren't in a rising mood.  

Pagosa Area- Piedra River 986 cfs at Arboles; Slow; San Juan River 890 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Slow
High water and from snowmelt has hit these area waters like everything else. Maybe some of the headwater streams or smaller tribs or Williams Creek below the reservoir., I haven't had any reports from here but looking at stream flows doesn't make me hopeful for decent fishing.

Arkansas River 338 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 496 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The fishing is easiest from Salida upstream to Hayden Meadows. You can fish downstream of Salida into Big Horn Sheep Canyon although the flows there make fishing out of a boat your best option. Flows can change with a release out of Twin Lakes, or Clear Creek reservoir. The clearest water will be upstream of Chalk Creek to Hayden Meadows. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

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. 888-988-7688 out of Santa Fe or 988-7688 in Santa Fe.

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

Saturday, 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.


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