Stream Report for Saturday October 14, 2006
Stream Report for Monday October 16, 2006
San Juan River 489 cfs below Navajo Dam Good
The San Juan reportedly is continuing to fish very well. Baetis hatches have been bringing some fish to the surface, but long line nymphing remains the most productive way to fish. Flies for the San Juan are RS2’s, Johnny flash in chocolate and grey, big bear emergers, small pheasant tails, red disco midges, red desert storms, black beauties, uv flash midge emergers, black midges, grasshoppers and blue wing olive dries.
Rio Grande 809 cfs at Pilar Poor
The Rio Grande is up and really murky. The summer rains were a constant source of silt entering the Rio and any change in flow stirs up the sediment. It will take days if not at least a week to clear. Flies for the Rio Grande are black, brown or olive woolly buggers, autumn splendors, zoo cougars, double hackle peacocks, poundmeisters, big bear emergers, and blue wing olives. It’s also time to find Pike on a fly rod on the Rio.
The Rio Costilla 0 cfs below Costilla Reservoir Poor
The Costilla is just about done for the season as the flows out of Costilla Resevoir have been reduced to nothing. Better fly fishing mid-day while the sun is out below the Commanche Creek confluence. Little yellow sallies, hoppers. small elk hair caddis, humpies, and royal wulffs, and grasshoppers seem to be among the better catching flies. The entire Valle Vidal is no kill and all catch and release. Please report violators to New Mexico Game and Fish or the US Forest Service. The number of Cutthroats here is very small.
The Cimarron River 34 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam Good
The Cimarron got better to fish once the flows started to come up over a week ago. Flies for the Cimarron are blue winged olives, parachute baetis, griffith’s gnats, and black midges. I’ve had reports of break-ins along Highway 64, so be vigilant.
Pecos River 33cfs below Terrero Good
Lots of blue winged olives and pale evening duns have been out in the evening in spite of the recent conditions. Caddis larvae and pupa, small light bodied caddis dries, small pheasant tails, baetis emergers, pmd’s, light cahills, and parachute adams have all produced recently. The Pecos was heavily stocked a few weeks ago.
Jemez Mountain Streams 53 cfs on main stem Jemez above Jemez Pueblo Fair
The Jemez River did come up again last night. I haven’t had any reports of what streams are affecfed. The varying topography and geology of the Jemez usually means some stream is fishable even if other aren’t. Hoppers, dark bodied caddis, little yellow sallies, and parachute adams are some top fly choices. Forest road 376 is closed just beyond Gillman Tunnels, but is open on the top end off of NM 126.
The Chama River 34 cfs below El Vado Dam Good and 40 cfs below Abiquiu Dam Poor
The fishing is good below El Vado. Big nymphs like double hackle peacocks and hares ears and streamers like woolly buggers work best here as the water may still be off color. The flows below Abiquiu are very fishable but I’ve had no reports from there.
Pueblo and Santa Barbara Fair
Fishing has been good, although the mornings have been a slow. The Santa Barbara is a little slower than the Pueblo. Royal wullfs, hoppers, red humpies, and little yellow sallies were the better catching flies.
McAllister Lake, Morphy Lake, Charrette Lakes, and Maxwell Lake 13 all close on October 31st.
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Thanks to the few volunteers who participated in the river cleanup on the Pecos on Saturday October 14, 2006