Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Saturday July 19, 2014

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Rio Costilla 27 cfs below Costilla Dam; Good
The Costilla has been fishing very well. The release out of Costilla Reservoir has been fairly steady and hasn't been reduced to an unfishable level. Ideal flows on this stream are from 30 to 50 cfs. The lack of pressure here during the week days will make for some good fishing. Those cutthroats strike fast so be quick on the hook set. Concentrate on the soft water along the banks. Hopper make an obvious choice as well as any high riding attractor like royal wulff, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and pmx's.

San Juan River 344 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
I am still hoping the release out of Navajo Dam.will go up to it's typical mid-summer flow around 1000 cfs. The Bureau of Rec will release more water  to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River from Farmington to Lake Powell. Despite my wishes, the fishing continues to be very good on the Juan. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon. The baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Black 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 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  50 cfs near Pecos; Good  
The Pecos river is dropping in flow a little bit every day making for some great dry fly fishing.  Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries however, a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers, yellow sallies, and small mayflies like red quills and PMD's. Nymphs like rainbow warriors, glint nymphs, and HDA favorites below a big dry work well through the sunny hot part of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 452 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 679 cfs at Pilar; Fair trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice level for fishing and is fairly clear, for the Rio anyway, and has some consistent flows. There can be a lot of rafting traffic around Pilar. Consider fishing the take outs at County Line or in the Orilla Verde section early to avoid the rafters and than switch to the put ins for the afternoon. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch. won't have any rafts and has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hopper late in the day. Mostly, the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  16 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair 
The fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams is slowing mid-day. It's typical this time of year unless our monsoons contribute some more cool water. Mornings and late afternoons have been best. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed in May. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 75 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 612 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  193 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is getting low and the fishing is slowing on this stretch. The release below El Vado goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. 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 river below Abiquiu isn't very consistent mostly from higher releases out of the dam. Some very heavy rainfall around Abiquiu has sent some sediment into this section of the Chama and it is very murky. 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 43 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Good: 41 cfs at Cimarron; Good
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is back up and has been at this level for over a week. Check those flows before you go. The water managers are being a little stingy and areb't letting a lot out of the dam unless the irrigators are calling for it. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Nearby Red River over Bobcat Pass is another alternativeand is fishing very well. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 133 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 273 cfs at Mogote; Good
Stoneflies are pretty much done on the Conejos, altough some fish are still coming up to a big dry. Green and gray drakes are making an appearance and PMD's are out as well. These hatches will move upriver and we should see some of those bugs as far as the Pinnacles or meadows below Platoro soon. The meadow section is at a great level and the Pinnacles just became wadeable with a reduction in dam release. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls, green drakes, and light cahills, PMD's for the dries, and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, and wardens worries, drake bombs, for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 154 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 443 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Stoneflies are also waning on the Rio. PMD's and green drakes are the main hatches with some caddis in the mix. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir has been reduced. This is good for the wading angler, however floatiing has become difficult unless you are below Wagon Wheel Gap.

Pagosa Area: 137 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 160 cfs on the San Juan at Pagosa Springs; Good
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. The lower Piedra is getting al little warm and fishing slows mid-day below Williams Creek confluence. Stoneflies are waning altough I did get a report where big dries like chubby chernobyls are still getting fish on the surface. PMD's, drakes, and caddisare out and the summer standard, a hopper pattern are making for some good dry fly fishing. The monsoon rains here can affect the fishing so consider someof the other streams in the area as a fallback if something muddies up. .

Animas River  533 cfs at Durango; Good
The Animas is finally done with spring runoff. There is some raftiing traffic around Durango but less of it upstream.  Look at fishing the tribs around Durango for some cooler water and happier fish or as a back up in case the Animas gets muddy from summer rains. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer water just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 871 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 1330 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The fishing is tough with high water on the Ark. There is less water above Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards Hayden Meadows. Consider fishing above Buena Vista if you want to avoid the rafters. The flows below BV make fishing out of a boat your best option. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. It's all about PMD's and caddis lately.

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

For the most current stream 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.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Tuesday July 1, 2014

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Rio Costilla 51 cfs below Costilla Dam; Good
The Costuilla just opened today but, I'll go ahead and give it a good rating. The flows are ideal and the lack of pressure here will make for some good fishing this week. Those cutthroats strike fast so be quick on the hook set. Concentrate on the soft water along the banks. Hopper make an obvious choice as well as any high riding attractor like royal wulff, stimulators, chubby chernobyls, and pmx's.

San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The slight increase in the release out of Navajo Dam.is to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River from Farmington to Lake Powell. As flows on the Animas River decrease, the releases out of Navajo Dam will go up. Expect to see an increase in the release over the next month. Good fishing continues on the Juan. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon. The baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Black 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 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  66 cfs near Pecos; Very Good  
The Pecos river is dropping in flow a little bit every day amking for some great dry fly fishing. .The  stoneflies are pretty much done although a few are being spotted above Terrero. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries however. Alot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers and small mayflies like red quills and PMD's. for that smaller bug. Nymphs like rainbow warriors, glint nymphs, and HDA favorites below a big dry work well through the sunny hot part of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 413 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 656 cfs at Pilar; Fair trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice level for fishing and is fairly clear with some consistent flows. There can be alot of rafting traffic around Pilar. Consider fishing the take outs at County Line or in the Orilla Verde section early to avoid the rafters and than swith to the put ins for the afternoon. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch. wion't have any rafts and has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hopper late in the day. Mostly, the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  5.2 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair 
The fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams is slsowing mid-day. It's typical this time of year before our monsoons start. Mornings and late afternoons have been best. The stonefly hatch is done on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed in May. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 57 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 598 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  739 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is getting low and the fishing is slowing on this stretch. es are off. The release below El Vado goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. 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 river below Abiquiu isn't very consistent mostly from higher releases out of the dam. 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 14 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 11 cfs at Cimarron; Slow to Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is back up and has been at this level for over a week. Better than earlier in the month when the release was nearly ZERO!! Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 177 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 316 cfs at Mogote; Good
Stoneflies are out on the lower river up to the fly water and green drakes are making an appearance down low. These hatches will move upriver and we should see some PMD's on the fly water by the end of next week. The meadow section is at a great level and should fish better with a reduction in dam release. The Pinnacles are still out of play at these flows. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls and green drakes for the dries,  and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, and wardens worries, drake bombs, for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 842 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1330 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Stoneflies are making their annual appearance on the Rio and green drakes are starting to show up. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is high and perfect for floatiing the Rio but it makes for difficult wading. Look for a reduction in flows if you are wading and concentrate on the soft water against the banks.

Pagosa Area: 148 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 180 cfs on the San Juan at Pogosa Springs; Fair
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. Stoneflies are out on on the whole drainage and flows have finally come down to a wadeable level. The flows are coming down and making for easy wading on the San Juan. Float fishing has also been good. No reports of stoneflies here yet but the hatch is imminent.

Animas River  1200 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is in it's waning days of spring runoff, but it is still big water. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango rather than the Animas. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer waer just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 1290 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 1920 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The fishing is tough with spring runoff affecting the Ark. The best fishing will be above Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards 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. 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 all about stoneflies and caddis here.

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

For the most current stream 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, June 28, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Saturday June 28, 2014

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San Juan River 357 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
The slight increase in the release out of Navajo Dam.is to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River from Farmington to Lake Powell. As flows on the Animas River decrease, the releases out of Navajo Dam will go up. Expect to see an increase in the release over the next month. Good fishing continues on the Juan. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon. The baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Black 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 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  66 cfs near Pecos; Very Good  
The Pecos river is dropping in flow a little bit every day amking for some great dry fly fishing. .The  stoneflies are pretty much done although a few are being spotted above Terrero. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that seem to take nymphs more than dries however. Alot of the fish above Terrero are looking up for caddis, hoppers and small mayflies like red quills and PMD's. for that smaller bug. Nymphs like rainbow warriors, glint nymphs, and HDA favorites below a big dry work well through the sunny hot part of the day. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS is trying to allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 413 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 656 cfs at Pilar; Fair trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is at a nice level for fishing and is fairly clear with some consistent flows. There can be alot of rafting traffic around Pilar. Consider fishing the take outs at County Line or in the Orilla Verde section early to avoid the rafters and than swith to the put ins for the afternoon. The gorge up through  the Wild and Scenic stretch. wion't have any rafts and has cooler water temps. Not much dry fly action except on hopper late in the day. Mostly, the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  5.2 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair 
The fishing on most of the Jemez mountain streams is slsowing mid-day. It's typical this time of year before our monsoons start. Mornings and late afternoons have been best. The stonefly hatch is done on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe. It's mostly hoppers and caddis and small attractors like humpies, wulffs, and stimulators that are catching fish on top. If the fish are reluctant to hit your dry try tying a dropper nymph on like micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays, or caddis pupa. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed in May. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  above the town of Chama; Good: 57 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Fair: 598 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  739 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The best fishing on the Chama River is the uppermost section accessed from Sargent WMA. Attractor style dries like stimulators, humpies, wulffs, chubby chernobyls, and hoppers are working very well. The  river flowing into El Vado is getting low and the fishing is slowing on this stretch. es are off. The release below El Vado goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. 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 river below Abiquiu isn't very consistent mostly from higher releases out of the dam. 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 14 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 11 cfs at Cimarron; Slow to Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is back up and has been at this level for over a week. Better than earlier in the month when the release was nearly ZERO!! Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing areas are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs, PMD'S, and yellow PMX's have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 177 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 316 cfs at Mogote; Good
Stoneflies are out on the lower river up to the fly water and green drakes are making an appearance down low. These hatches will move upriver and we should see some PMD's on the fly water by the end of next week. The meadow section is at a great level and should fish better with a reduction in dam release. The Pinnacles are still out of play at these flows. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators, chubby chernobyls and green drakes for the dries,  and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, and wardens worries, drake bombs, for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 842 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1330 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Stoneflies are making their annual appearance on the Rio and green drakes are starting to show up. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is high and perfect for floatiing the Rio but it makes for difficult wading. Look for a reduction in flows if you are wading and concentrate on the soft water against the banks.

Pagosa Area: 148 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 180 cfs on the San Juan at Pogosa Springs; Fair
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. Stoneflies are out on on the whole drainage and flows have finally come down to a wadeable level. The flows are coming down and making for easy wading on the San Juan. Float fishing has also been good. No reports of stoneflies here yet but the hatch is imminent.

Animas River  1200 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is in it's waning days of spring runoff, but it is still big water. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango rather than the Animas. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer waer just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 1290 cfs at Granite; Fair to Good: 1920 cfs at Salida; Fair to Good
The fishing is tough with spring runoff affecting the Ark. The best fishing will be above Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards 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. 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 all about stoneflies and caddis here.

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

For the most current stream 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, June 21, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Saturday June 21, 2014

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San Juan River 293 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Higher flows on the Animas River means lower releases out of Navajo Dam. Expect to see these lower flows for a while until runoff recedes on the Animas. Good fishing continues on the Juan even with the low release. These low flows might explain the consistency of the fishing. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon. The baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Black 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 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   86 cfs near Pecos; Fair to Good  
The Pecos river is dropping in flows every day. Stoneflies are off on the public accesses all the way to Terrero. lower river. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that haven't been introduced to stoneflies yet. Be patient and try animating your dry fly imitation during it's drift much like hopper fishing. Baetis are still active and a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking for that smaller bug. All of the Santa Fe National Forest Service and Game and Fish public accesses are open below Terrero. Game and Fish has planted fish from Terrero downstream and many of the areas devoid of fish are now stocked.  The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS will evaluate fish populations and allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 417 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 711 cfs at Pilar; Slow to fair trout, Slow for pike, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio is high and murky with warmer weather and higher dam releases in Colorado. Clearer water can be found in the gorge in the Wild and Scenic stretch. Most of the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  6.5 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The Jemez mountain streams are showing virtually no signs of snowmelt and have largely been un-affected by the recent rains we've had. Mid-day is the slowest time for fishing. Mornings and afternoons have been best. There are stoneflies coming off on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe.  Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets and skitter or skate your dry fly stone imitation. If the fish aren't keying in on stoneflies, try baetis nymphs. Micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays were reported to be working. Attractor style dries like humpies and stimulators are bringing fish to the surface on the upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla. Try a dry dropper rig on those streams if your dry fly isn't getting the love. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed on Friday May 16th. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  80 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Good: 605 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  649 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river flowing into El Vado is about perfect. Get it now because the fishing really diminishes here over the summer. Stoneflies are off. Use your big ugly dry as an indicator and suspend a stonefly nymph from it. The release below El Vado goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado. From Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river below Abiquiu is murky even though the release out of the dam has been reduced. 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 14 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 10 cfs at Cimarron; Slow to Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is back up slightly to a whopping 7 cubic feet per second. Better than earlier in the wee when the release was nearly ZERO!! Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing ares are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 277 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 523 cfs at Mogote; Good
Stoneflies are out on the lower river up to Mogote Campground. The hatch will move upriver and we should see them in the fly water by week's end. The meadow section is at a great level and should fish better with a reduction in dam release. The Pinnacles are still out of play at these flows. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators and chubby chernobyls for the dries and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, and wardens worries for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 1150 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1610 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Stoneflies are making their annual appearance on the Rio. They are currently from Del Norte to South Fork. It's still early and the fish are just starting to look up. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is high and perfect for floatiing the Rio but it makes for difficult wading. Look for a reduction in flows if you are wading and concentrate on the soft water against the banks. Drakes should be off here in a week or two.

Pagosa Area: 202 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 365 cfs on the San Juan at Pogosa Springs; Fair
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. Stoneflies are out on on the whole drainage and flows have finally come down to a wadeable level. The flows are still high for easy wading on the San Juan, but float fishing has been good. No reports of stoneflies here yet but the hatch is imminent.

Animas River  1850 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is in it's waning days of spring runoff, but it is still big water. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango rather than the Animas. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer waer just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 1530 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 2030 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is tough with spring runoff affecting the Ark. The best fishing will be above Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards 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. 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 summer in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream 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.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Wednesday June 18, 2014

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

The Pajarito Environment Education Center is presenting GEOFISH, a fly fishing film. This is a fundraiser for the living cutthroat trout exhibit at the PEEC. Armed with nothing more than fishing rods and cameras in hand, the GEOFISH series will follow 4 fishermen turned filmmakers as they travel around the world in a diesel pick-up converted to run on cooking oil. The angling quartet cuts their own path through some of the planets most rugged terrain on a mission to find the world’s greatest spots never fished.The showing will be at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos on Wednesday June 19th.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 the day of the show. For more information call the Reel Deal Theatre at 505-661-9966 or visit their website at www.reeldealtheater.com   

San Juan River 293 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Higher flows on the Animas River means lower releases out of Navajo Dam. Expect to see these lower flows for a while until runoff recedes on the Animas. Good fishing continues on the Juan even with the low release. These low flows might explain the consistency of the fishing. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon. The baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Black 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 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   96 cfs near Pecos; Fair to Good  
The Pecos river is dropping in flows every day. Stoneflies are off on the public accesses all the way to Terrero. lower river. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that haven't been introduced to stoneflies yet. Be patient and try animating your dry fly imitation during it's drift much like hopper fishing. Baetis are still active and a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking for that smaller bug. All of the Santa Fe National Forest Service and Game and Fish public accesses are open below Terrero. Game and Fish has planted fish from Terrero downstream and many of the areas devoid of fish are now stocked.  The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS will evaluate fish populations and allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 560 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 860 cfs at Pilar; Slow to fair trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is high and murky with warmer weather and higher dam releases in Colorado. Clearer water can be found in the gorge in the Wild and Scenic stretch. Most of the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  8.8 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The Jemez mountain streams are showing virtually no signs of snowmelt and have largely been un-affected by the recent rains we've had. Mid-day is the slowest time for fishing. Mornings and afternoons have been best. There are stoneflies coming off on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe.Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets and skitter or skate your dry fly stone imitation. If the fish aren't keying in on stoneflies, try baetis nymphs. Micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays were reported to be working. Attractor style dries like humpies and stimulators are bringing fish to the surface on the upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla. Try a dry dropper rig on those streams if your dry fly isn't getting the love. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed on Friday May 16th. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  106 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Good: 204 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  346 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river flowing into El Vado is about perfect. Get it now because the fishing really diminishes here over the summer. Stoneflies are off. Use your big ugly dry as an indicator and suspend a stonefly nymph from it. The release below El Vado goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado. From Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river below Abiquiu is murky even though the release out of the dam has been reduced. 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; Slow to Fair: 5.5 cfs at Cimarron; Slow to Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam is back up slightly to a whopping 7 cubic feet per second. Better than earlier in the wee when the release was nearly ZERO!! Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing ares are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 222 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 512 cfs at Mogote; Good
Stoneflies are out on the lower river up to Mogote Campground. The hatch will move upriver and we should see them in the fly water by week's end. The meadow section is at a great level and should fish better with a reduction in dam release. The Pinnacles are still out of play at these flows. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators and chubby chernobyls for the dries and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, and wardens worries for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 978 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1720 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Stoneflies are making their annual appearance on the Rio. They are currently from Del Norte to South Fork. It's still early and the fish are just starting to look up. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is high and perfect for floatiing the Rio but it makes for difficult wading. Look for a reduction in flows if you are wading and concentrate on the soft water against the banks. Drakes should be off here in a week or two.

Pagosa Area: 270 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 424 cfs on the San Juan at Pogosa Springs; Fair
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. Stoneflies are out on on the whole drainage and flows have finally come down to a wadeable level. The flows are still high for easy wading on the San Juan, but float fishing has been good. No reports of stoneflies here yet but the hatch is imminent.

Animas River  1950 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is in it's waning days of spring runoff, but it is still big water. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango rather than the Animas. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer waer just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 1730 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 2310 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is tough with spring runoff affecting the Ark. The best fishing will be above the Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards 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. 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 summer in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream 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, June 16, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday June 16, 2014

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

The Pajarito Environment Education Center is presenting GEOFISH, a fly fishing film. This is a fundraiser for the living cutthroat trout exhibit at the PEEC. Armed with nothing more than fishing rods and cameras in hand, the GEOFISH series will follow 4 fishermen turned filmmakers as they travel around the world in a diesel pick-up converted to run on cooking oil. The angling quartet cuts their own path through some of the planets most rugged terrain on a mission to find the world’s greatest spots never fished.The showing will be at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos on Wednesday June 19th.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 the day of the show. For more information call the Reel Deal Theatre at 505-661-9966 or visit their website at www.reeldealtheater.com   

San Juan River 2897 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Higher flows on the Animas River means lower releases out of Navajo Dam. Expect to see these lower flows for a while until runoff recedes on the Animas. Good fishing continues on the Juan even with the low release. These low flows might explain the consistency of the fishing. Midges are hatching from 10:00 am till noon. The baetis are still hatching in the afternoon below Texas Hole. Black and olive midge larvae and pupa are the top producers near the dam especially in the mornings.Black 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 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   101 cfs near Pecos; Fair to Good  
The Pecos river is dropping in flows every day. Stoneflies are off on the public accesses all the way to Terrero. lower river. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that haven't been introduced to stoneflies yet. Be patient and try animating your dry fly imitation during it's drift much like hopper fishing. Baetis are still active and a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking for that smaller bug. All of the Santa Fe National Forest Service and Game and Fish public accesses are open below Terrero. Game and Fish has planted fish from Terrero downstream and many of the areas devoid of fish are now stocked.  The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS will evaluate fish populations and allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 624 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 922 cfs at Pilar; Slow to fair trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is high and murky with warmer weather and higher dam releases in Colorado. Clearer water can be found in the gorge in the Wild and Scenic stretch. Most of the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  8.5 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The Jemez mountain streams are showing virtually no signs of snowmelt and have largely been un-affected by the recent rains we've had. Mid ay is the slowest time for fishing. Mornings and afternoons have been best. There are stoneflies coming off on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe.Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets and skitter or skate your dry fly stone imitation. If the fish aren't keying in on stoneflies, try baetis nymphs. Micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays were reported to be working. Attractor style dries like humpies and stimulators are bringing fish to the surface on the upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla. Try a dry dropper rig on those streams if your dry fly isn't getting the love. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed on Friday May 16th. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  146 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Good: 151 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  401 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river flowing into El Vado is about perfect. Get it now because the fishing really diminishes here over the summer. Stoneflies are off. Use your big ugly dry as an indicator and suspend a stonefly nymph from it. The release below El Vado goes up on Friday afternoons and gets reduced on Sunday afternoons. Plan your trip here on the weekdays to avoid the higher water and tougher wading. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado. From Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river below Abiquiu is murky even though the release out of the dam has been reduced. Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. Please report anyone over harvesting there to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.

Cimarron River .86 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Slow to Fair: 6.6 cfs at Cimarron; Slow to Fair
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam has been reduced to nearly ZERO!! Check those flows before you go. Avoid the Cimarron when the release out of Eagle Nest dam is below 10 cfs. The fish get really stressed and the available fishing ares are greatly reduced. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of increase water from tributary flow and better fishing. Scuds, red midge larvae, baetis nymphs, and golden stonefly nymphs have been reported to be working on the river.

In Southern Colorado:

Conejos River 301 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Good: 661 cfs at Mogote; Good
Stoneflies are out on the lower river up to Mogote Campground. The hatch will move upriver and we should see them in the fly water by week's end. The meadow section is at a great level and should fish better with a reduction in dam release. The Pinnacles are still out of play at these flows. Look for a release out of Platoro below 150 to fish the Pinnacles. Big stimulators and chubby chernobyls for the dries and tungsten twenty inchers, pats rubber legs, and wardens worries for your nymph selection.

Rio Grande 1150 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Fair to Good: 1890 cfs at Wagon Wheel Gap; Fair to Good
Stoneflies are making their annual appearance on the Rio. They are currently from Del Norte to South Fork. It's still early and the fish are just starting to look up. The release out of Rio Grande Reservoir is high and perfect for floatiing the Rio but it makes for difficult wading. Look for a reduction in flows if you are wading and concentrate on the soft water against the banks. Drakes should be off here in a week or two.

Pagosa Area: 331 cfs on the Piedra at Arboles; Good: 513 cfs on the San Juan at Pogosa Springs; Fair
The upper forks of the Piedra and Williams Creek are all fishing very well. Stoneflies are out on on the whole drainage and flows have finally come down to a wadeable level. The flows are still high for easy wading on the San Juan, but float fishing has been good. No reports of stoneflies here yet but the hatch is imminent.

Animas River  2240 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is in it's waning days of spring runoff, but it is still big water. Look at fishing the tribs around Durango rather than the Animas. Fishing with streamers and big nymphs like stoneflies with some flash will still get the trout's attention in the softer waer just take caution while wading. .    

Arkansas River 2420 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 3370 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is tough with spring runoff affecting the Ark. The best fishing will be above the Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards 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. 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 summer in New Mexico and water and fishing conditions and water flows can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.

For the most current stream 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.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Friday May 30, 2014

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

The warm weather coupled with the rain that we had over the past week has made many rivers and streams high and murky. This weekend's weather may accelerate the melt off of what little snow remains in the high country. Conditions are changing daily! Expect to see higher flows for a little while longer. You can check on current flows before you go by clicking on New Mexico Stream Flows from our links page. The good news is that the stoneflies are off on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe, and on the lower Pecos.  

San Juan River 310 cfs below Navajo Dam; Very Good
Higher flows on the Animas River means lower releases out of Navajo Dam. Expect to see these lower flows for a while until runoff recedes on the Animas. Despite the reduction in the release, I am still getting very good reports on the Juan. As a result, the fish are turning their attention to midges and baetis and are more reluctant to eat eggs and worms. A little flash in your flies is still a good thing. Dry fly fishing is coming back with good morning midge hatches and some afternoon baetis hatches below Texas Hole, especially on the overcast days. 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 cfs near Pecos; Fair to Good  
The fishing is good but the wading is getting a little tougher with the increase in flow. There is less water the higher upriver you go. Stoneflies are off on the lower river. Many of the fish on the lower Pecos are stocked rainbows that haven't been introduced to stoneflies yet. Be patient and try animating your dry fly imitation during it's drift much like hopper fishing. Baetis are still active and a lot of the fish above Terrero are looking for that smaller bug. All of the Santa Fe National Forest Service and Game and Fish public accesses are open below Terrero. Game and Fish has planted fish from Terrero downstream and many of the areas devoid of fish are now stocked.  The river looks great after the ton of rain we had in September flushed a lot of the ash and sediment from the streambed. Please respect the landowners out there and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service has suspended the 2014 fishing program on Pecos National Historical Park and the three miles of river inside the park boundaries will be closed to public access. The NPS will evaluate fish populations and allow it to recover from last season's extreme fire and flooding impacts. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info. This is ONLY on Pecos NHP downstream from the village of Pecos and not on Forest Service Lands UPSTREAM of the village of Pecos. 

Rio Grande 430 cfs at Cerro; Fair: 887 cfs at Pilar; Slow to fair trout, Slow for pike, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio is high and murky with warmer weather and higher dam releases in Colorado. Clearer water can be found in the gorge in the Wild and Scenic stretch. Most of the fish are eating underwater. Fishing with big crane flies or stoneflies and streamers.and larvae should be among the fly choices. Pike fishing is slow. Gauge your success by how many you see, if you got a follow or not and of course an eat. Some days you get'em and some days a follow is as good as it gets. Large streamers that move water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.

Jemez Mountain Streams  21 cfs above Jemez Pueblo;  Fair to Good
The Jemez mountain streams are showing virtually no signs of snowmelt and have largely been un-affected by the recent rains we've had. There are stoneflies coming off on the lower Jemez and Guadalupe.Fish the edgewater and obvious pockets and skitter or skate your dry fly stone imitation. If the fish aren't keying in on stoneflies, try baetis nymphs. Micromays, small HDA Favorites, and Anato-mays were reported to be working. Attractor style dries like humpies nad stimulators are bringing fish to the surface on the upper reaches of the San Antonio, East Fork, and Cebolla. Try a dry dropper rig on those streams if your dry fly isn't getting the love. The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve has resumed on Friday May 16th. Fishing has been very good depending on the reach you've been assigned. Please see their website for details or to make a reservation for the 2014 season at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

Chama River  662 cfs above El Vado Reservoir; Slow: 598 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and  302 cfs below Abiquiu Dam;  Slow
The river below Abiquiu is murky even though the release out of the dam has been reduced. The release below El Vado has been somewhat steady for awhile. I like flows of around 150 to 400 cfs below El Vado. The extra water however,  aids your drift and increases the opportunities downstream from Coopers. Streamers, stonefly nymphs and cranefly larvae have been the top flies. The river flowing into El Vado is still in high. It'll be a couple of weeks 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 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair to Good: 23 cfs at Cimarron; Fair to Good
The release out of Eagle Nest Dam has been reduced earlier this week. The last remaining snow is melting and adding to the flow towards the eastern end of the state park. Consider fishing lower down on the Cimarron to take advantage of better water and better fishing. Get it while you can before the water managers reduce the flow again. Look for a release in the high teens before fishing to the Cimarron below Eagle Nest dam. 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  4350 cfs at Durango; Slow to Fair
The Animas is in spring runoff. WAy into spring runoff with the higher temps we've seen late this week. 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. .    

Arkansas River 2420 cfs at Granite; Slow to Fair: 3370 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The fishing is tough with spring runoff affecting the Ark. The best fishing will be above the Lake Creek flowing out of Twin Lakes towards 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. Fish in the deeper runs mid-channel in the and cover the shallow riffles from mid-day on if you see active surface feeding. .

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