Stream Report for Friday June 9, 2006
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Stream Report for Wednesday June 9, 2006
San Juan River flows are 4150 cfs below Navajo Dam
Good fishing continues on the San Juan. I’ve had good reports that the fishing is “on fire” with the increase in flows. These flows make for tough wading however. Fish the flats if you are wading. Flies for the Juan include griffith’s gnats, parachute adams, BWO’s, small pheasant tails, red and black midge larvae, baetis emergers, and johnny flash and red San Juan worms.
Rio Grande flows are 280 cfs in the Wild and Scenic section and 428 cfs at Pilar
The Rio has murked up a bit from the recent storms to pass our way. Caddis larvae and pupa, poundmeisters, double hackle peacocks, and woolly buggers are picking up most of the fish. The river is fishable although I’ve had no reports.
Cimarron River flows are 39 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam
The water is a llot more fishable as the flows have come down. Small non-beadheaded flies are the key here like black midge larva, pheasant tails, as well as scuds, parachute adams, and Griffiths gnats.
Pecos River flows are 36 cfs below Terrero
In spite of the lack of snowpack, the Pecos is still fishing well. Fishing is better in the mornings than it is in the afternoon. Stonefly nymphs are crawling around and midges and caddis, and stoneflies are coming off most days. Small dark bodied flies like pheasant tails, prince nymphs, WD40’s, copper johns, stonefly nymphs, and parachute adams are what’s working.
Jemez Mountain streams
The summer slowdown is already upon the Jemez. The higher elevation streams like San Antonio and Cebolla are fishing better because of more favorable water temps but harder not to spook fish with the lower flows. The best reports are from the East Fork draining the Caldera, upper San Antonio. Dry fly dropper rigs using stimulators or caddis dry flies and small beadhead nymphs are picking up most of the fish.
Chama River flows are 726 cfs below El Vado dam and 802 cfs below Abiquiu dam
Releases on the Chama go up as the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy district fills up the irrigation canals or as the Rio Grande starts to run dry near Socorro. This has slowed the fishing dramatically below Abiquiu dam and the water is very murky. There is a little better fishing below El Vado especially if the flows drop below 500. Big heavy beadhead nymphs and sreamers are the flies for the Chama. The river upstream of El Vado dam is fishing well right now. It may get tougher as water levels drop.
Damsel nymphs are out in force. Good fishing using damsel nymphs, double hackle peacocks and stonefly nymphs fished just above the weeds. Probably the best fishing so far and expect it to slow as the water warms up.