Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Thursday April 23, 2015

Spring is a season of much change. Stream flows and dam releases can change overnight. Be sure to check out stream flows at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow before you go. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 403 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The stream gauge apparently was wrong for most of the winter. It has since been re-calibrated and the current figure is correct. The river clarity is still less than two feet after the lake turned over earlier this year. The fishing however is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors with a trailed midge or baetis pattern. Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand continues to move downstream. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!


Pecos River Pecos; 104 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good: at Pecos National Historical Park; Slow    
We've seen an reduction in flows since most of the lower than 10,000-feet-in-elevation-snowpack is gone.The water is a little higher than we would normally see for this time of year, however it is clear enough to fish and the fish are eating well. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clear water and easier wading upstream. As far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers. I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for a little depth as the fish have not made it out of their winter lies just yet. The Pecos National Historical Park did reopen to fishing this spring. It will remain open to fishing through May 11th. Every report that I've had from the Park isn't good. The river is a little more murky that far downstream and the fish populations are nowhere near what they were before the Treas Lagunas Fire. It is making a comeback, but the fishing experience has been negative.

Rio Grande 150 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 376 cfs at Pilar; Slow to Fair for trout, Slow for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally when it got warm enough to melt our lower elevation snowpack. It was triple the flows earlier in the month before irrigators started pulling off volumes of water. Despite the lower flows, the Rio is still murky. Barring any more increase in flows, it should get clearer and fish better. The caddis hatch was a short lived event that didn't make for better fishing mostly due to lack of clarity. The river is very wade friendly right now. Streamers, caddis pupa and larvae, and cranefly larvae should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  84 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good  
All of the streams in the Jemez are a coming down in flow and clarity. The highest and murkiest still is the Guadalupe. The Forest Service has closed some areas of the Rio Cebolla and San Antonio to fishing. All of these areas are fenced off and signed. There is still plenty of water that is not off limits. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for the deeper pockets and use a little bigger bug to counter the current. .

Chama River 584 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 371 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 417 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair 
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high, cold, and murky. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until late May The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has slowly been increased. This and warmer weather and water temps have increased the amount of fishable area, but the reports are fair at best. I think the fish are still in their winter lies and haven't dispersed as much. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has increased also. It's still wadeable at this level just not as easy as it has been all winter. Bigger flies are doing better than midges and baetis. San Juan worms, big stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are what's for dinner. The fishing on the Chama below Abiquiu Dam won't last as water demands increase over the summer and the release will keep going up. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 50 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair: 188 cfs at Mogote Fair to Good.
The Conejos has been much like the Pecos. It went up and got murky with the warmer weather but has been getting clearer and the flows trending downward. Big stones and San Juan worms, g-strings and the like are the rule here. Look for them in the deeper part of the runs.

Arkansas River 228 cfs at Granite; Fair: 387 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The caddis hatch is under way here. Currently it is from Parkdale upstream to Wellsville. Blue winged olives are still coming off in decent numbers and in some places the fish are preferring them over the caddis. Fish ar still in winter lies for the most part. Look for them in the deeper runs and pools.The upper river above Granite including Hayden Meadows is cold and not fishing as well as the lower river below Buena Vista. From BV downstream to Salida, blue winged olives are still the name of the game. The caddis hatch should still progress nicely upriver as long as the releases fom Clear Creek or Twin Lakes doesn't stall it with an influx of colder water.

Animas River 417 cfs at Durango; Fair to Slow 
The Animas is high and murky and cold but trending downward everyday. Fish are still in winter lies so hit the deeper runs with a big stonely nymph and a trailing baetis. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold but coming down. Williams Creek might be the most fishable although I have had a report. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

It's still winter 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, April 11, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for April 11, 2015

Spring is a season of much change. I try to be a lot quicker to update this page, however flows and dam releases can change overnight. Be sure to check out stream flows at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis/current/?type=flow. Contact the fly shop directly for the most accurate information.

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San Juan River 366 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this year and the clarity still isn't great but the fishing is pretty good. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors, but the fish are actually eating. Use a bigger midge or baetis pattern that has a little flash and you'll do better .Midges are still hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites.The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is slowly improving as the sand has moved 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 Pecos; 149 cfs below Terrero; Fair to Good: at Villanueva State Park; Slow    
We've seen an reduction in flows since most of the lower than 10,000-feet-in-elevation-snowpack is gone.The water is a little higher than we would normally see for this time of year, however it is clear enough to fish and the fish are eating well. Expect higher more murky water below Terrero and clear water and easier wading upstream. AS far as flies go, the bigger darker stonefliy nymphs are the top producers.I like twenty inchers and biot stoneflies. Look for a little depth as the fish have not made it out of their winter lies just yet. Villanueva State Park really only fishes after it's stocked. Ti will not be stocked again until next December.

Rio Grande 176 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 458 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Slow for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio went up like everything else locally whne it got warm enough to melt our lower elevation snow[ack. It was triple the flows last week before irrigators staring pulling off volumes of water. Despite the lower flows, the Rio is still murky. Barring any more increase in flows, it should get clearer and fish better. No reports of caddis yet. They'll still hatch, it's just a mater of how wadeable and clear it will be when the event happens. IT is very wade friendly right now. Streamers, caddis pupa and larvae, and cranefly larvae should get you into fish.

Jemez Mountain Streams  129 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good  
All of the streams in the Jemez are a bit high, some higher and more murky than others. The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork are for sure. The San Antonio and Cebolla are fishing better. Stonefly nymphs and bigger attractors like tungsten salvations are great for high water. Tactics are similar to the Pecos; look for deeper pockets and use bigger bugs to counter the current. .

Chama River 646 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 98 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 236 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is very high and murky. Runoff has hit the upper Chama and may remain until late May The San Juans always get a lot of snow even in low snow pack years. The release below El Vado dam has been increased. This and warmer weather and water temps have increased the amount of fishable area, but the reports are fair at best. I think the fish are still in their winter lies and haven't dispersed as much. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are still the top fly choices. The release below Abiquiu has increased also. It's still wadeable at this level just not as easy as it has been all winter. Bigger flies are doing better than midges and baetis. San Juan worms, big stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae are what's for dinner. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

The Conejos River 53 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Fair: 191 cfs at Mogote Fair to Good.
The Conejos has been much like the Pecos. It went up and got murky with the warmer weather but has been getting clearer and the flows trending downward. Big stones and San Juan worms, g-strings and the like are the rule here. Look for them in the deeper part of the runs.

Arkansas River 179 cfs at Granite; Fair: 304 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The upper river above Granite including Hayden Meadows is cold and not fishing as well as the lower river from Buena Vista on down past Salida. Blue winged olives are still the name of the game throughout the river system. Caddis may pop any day now with the warmer water temps on the downstream end closer to Canon City Fish ar still in winter lies for the most part. Look for them in the deeper runs and pools.

Animas River 597 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is high and murky and cold. Fishing hasn't picked up on the Animas. The Pagosa area streams are also high and cold. It may be awhile until fishable clarity and wadeable flows return. Much like the upper Chama, there is more snow than we have farther south and it' could be late May before it's worht going. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

It's still winter 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.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday March 2, 2015

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this year and the clarity has been affected. The fishing is rated as good however. Visibility is better than eighteen inches right now. Bigger fare with some color and flash in the pattern will get more attention. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors. Use a bigger midge or baetis pattern that has a little flash and you'll do better . Other than the clarity, the fishing hasn't changed much. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair    
This weekend's weather has slowed things down above the village, but a few more days of sunshine and it'll be fishing better. Stonefly nymphs and baetis patterns have been shown the most love. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva.

Rio Grande 437 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 703 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio did go up again in flow and did get murky with some of last weekend's precipitation. I expect a little higher flow and more murky water as temps warm up again. The murky water has slowed the pike fishing, but the trout fishing is improved. Baetis patterns following an attractor like a crane fly larvae was working well for one of my customers. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  61 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get out during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez does get stocked. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River 100 cfs at La Puente; Poor: 53 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 45 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 219 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

It's still winter 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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday February 23, 2015

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this year and the clarity has been affected. The fishing is rated as good however. Visibility is better than eighteen inches right now. Bigger fare with some color and flash in the pattern will get more attention. Egg patterns, worms, and streamers make great attractors. Use a bigger midge or baetis pattern that has a little flash and you'll do better . Other than the clarity, the fishing hasn't changed much. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings. Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair    
The warm weather of last week has improved the fishing on the Pecos above the village. This weekend's weather has slowed things down, but a few more days of sunshine and it'll be fishing better. Stonefly nymphs and baetis patterns have been shown the most love. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva.

Rio Grande 294 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 610 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio did go up in flow and did get murky with some localized snowmelt last week. The runoff has subsided but I expect a little higher flow and murky water as temps warm up again. The murky water has slowed the pike fishing, but the trout fishing is improved. Baetis patterns following an attractor like a crane fly larvae was working well for one of my customers. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  20 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get out during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez does get stocked. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River ice at La Puente; Poor: 55 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 51 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 227 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.    

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday January 25, 2015

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San Juan River 361 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this month and the clarity has been affected. I've had mixed reports with most of the negative ones occuring right after the event. Since then the water seems to have improved in clarity, enough anyway that I had a solid report of someone fishing a late day midge hatch and caught fish on dry flies. Other than the clarity, the fishing sounds like not much has changed. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Poor: at Villanueva State Park; Fair    
Cooler weather has finally arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing much slower above the village of Pecos. Many of the shaded stretches are covered in ice. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva. Smaller dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a buoyant dry is one of the better tactics if you dare to try your hand upriver of Pecos.. 

Rio Grande 294 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 501 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. The cold of winter has really slowed the trout fishing on the Rio. Some longer days and more sunshine would help improve that situation. Big dark nymphs and streamers will do more to entice a reluctant trout than the small stuff.  Jarrett has had a few successful pike trips over the last few weeks. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  ice above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez was stocked on January 6th. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River ice at La Puente; Poor: 98 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 51 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 210 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.  .    

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday January 18, 2015

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San Juan River 331 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake turned over earlier this month and the clarity has been affected. I've had mixed reports with most of the negative ones occuring right after the event. Since then the water seems to have improved in clarity, enough anyway that I had a solid report of someone fishing a late day midge hatch and caught fish on dry flies. Other than the clarity, the fishing sounds like not much has changed. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon is still being affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River ice near Pecos; Poor: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good   
Cooler weather has finally arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing much slower above the village of Pecos. Many of the shaded stretches are covered in ice. Villanueva State Park was stocked in early January. Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva. Smaller dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a buoyant dry is one of the better tactics if you dare to try your hand upriver of Pecos.. 

Rio Grande 286 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 488 cfs at Pilar; Slow for trout, Fair for pike, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. The cold of winter has really slowed the trout fishing on the Rio. Some longer days and more sunshine would help improve that situation. Big dark nymphs and streamers will do more to entice a reluctant trout than the small stuff.  Jarrett has had a few successful pike trips over the last few weeks. Most people heading for the Rio are looking for pike. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  ice above Jemez Pueblo;  Slow  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will your best bet or the streams directly below some of the hot springs in the area. Expect the fishing to be slow unless you can get during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez was stocked on January 6th. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River ice at La Puente; Poor: 104 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 51 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is too cold for any decent fishing. The release below El Vado dam has been reduced. The reduction in flows reduces the the length of river that has temps high enough to bring a trouts metabolism up enough to feed. The water actually gets colder as it flows downstream. The best water is from Coopers up to the dam. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a significant reduction. The same effect also happens at Abiquiu where river will get colder the farther downstream from the dam you are, but to a lesser degree than in the high country around El Vado Reservoir. The catching is still good here albeit mostly for stockers. The state did put in some larger rainbows reared at the Los Ojos hatchery where they grew to fifteen inches before being stocked as part of a program to grow a larger more quality fish. Poaching has been rampant below Abiquiu dam. Game and Fish officers have been making visits, however it can be bad and even flagrant some days. Please report it to New Mexico Game and Fish or to the Army Corps of Engineers ranger who also patrols the river. There is only a three fish limit on the Chama below Abiquiu dam. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 214 cfs at Durango; Slow to Poor 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. It is cold and not much is stirring. Some longer days and warmer temps will improve things here. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash may get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is going to be while the sun is on the water.  .    

It's the middle of winter 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.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday December 22, 2014


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San Juan River 348 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
A steady flow rate and good fishing continues. Like any fishing situation, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon and baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black, gray, brown, and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Chocolate and olive have been the best baetis colors. Johnny flash and foam wing emergers are among the favorites. Simon Canyon flashed after a heavy rain that sent a lot of sand into the river. The fishing downstream of Simon Canyon has been affected. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!

Pecos River 29 cfs near Pecos; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair to Good   
Cooler weather has finally arrived on the Pecos. Colder water is making the fishing slower above the village of Pecos. Villanueva State Park was stocked on December 18th.  Egg patterns, red and chartreuse copper johns, San Juan worms, are all good patterns for the stockers at Villanueva. Smaller dark nymphs like oops flies, psycho mays, feeding caddis, and bruised baetis's hung below a buoyant dry is one of the better tactics if you dare to try yopur hand upriver of Pecos.. 

Rio Grande 300 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 482 cfs at Pilar; Fair for trout, Fair for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is a bit higher than normal for this time of year. I have just started to get some better reports for the Rio for trout. Big dark nymphs and streamers will stand out more with the water being off color. Pike fishing is also picking up. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not,  and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which one gets an eat.

Jemez Mountain Streams  30 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair  The lower sections of the Guadalupe, Jemez, and East Fork will fish fairly well during these warmer days of winter. The winter trout water on the lower Jemez was stocked on December 4th. It's bankers hours fishing. Try tying a dropper nymph on like copper johns or an egg pattern, or caddis pupa below a buoyant dry.

Chama River  70 cfs at La Puente; Slow: 246 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  228 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Fair to Good
The river flowing into El Vado Reservoir is a at a good level. Fishing is slow with colder water temps affecting the fishing. The release below El Vado has been steady over the past few weeks. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado at Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The release below Abiquiu has also had a decent flow and has been steady for a couple of weeks making the fishing better downstream of the pavilion. The river is slightly murky, but the clarity is improving. 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.

In Southern Colorado:

Animas River 250 cfs at Durango; Fair 
The Animas is a viable winter fishery around Durango. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer water. The best fishing is while the sun is on the water.  .    

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

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

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

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

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