Stream Report for Monday Janaury 1, 2007
Happy New Year!
Cutbows are into their spawn on some rivers and streams. Please be careful to not wade into their spawning beds known as redds. A redd is a circular area of clean gravel usually located at the tail of a pool and the spawning pair can often be seen over the redd. These fish clearly have something more important to do so please leave them alone!
San Juan River 474 cfs below Navajo Dam Good
The best fishing is upstream of Texas Hole to the cable, although there are some fish holding around the instream structure Game and Fish have placed below Simon Canyon. Baetis hatches have pretty much disappeared but midge hatches are still bringing some fish to the surface. 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, and black midges.
Rio Grande 617cfs at Pilar Fair
The Rio Grande is murky. Due to the low visibility, the best fishing is within 8 feet of the bank. Dry fly dropper rigs are ideal for searching this shallower water. Flies for the Rio Grande are black, brown or olive woolly buggers, autumn splendors, zoo cougars, conehead madonna’s, double hackle peacocks, poundmeisters, and midges. Quite a few people are catching pike on the Rio on big rabbit strip flies and deceivers
Pecos River Slow above Pecos
The Pecos River above the village of Pecos is way too cold and probably will remain so until March. The Pecos at Villanueva was heavily stocked on the 18th but, I’ve had no reports from there. Brightly colored flies like red, chartreuse, and blue copper johns, and purple prince nymphs usually work on the stockers. Fish Villanueva soon after a stocking as there is no resident self sustaining fish populations there. Please report anyone over harvesting fish to state park officials or better yet, to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.
Jemez Mountain Streams 27 cfs on main stem Jemez above Jemez Pueblo Slow
Most of the Jemez streams are fishing slow except the lower Jemez, lower Guadalupe, or downstream of the few hot springs that empty into nearby creeks. Snowmelt from the recent storms will have a negative impact for a little while anyway. Small crystal stimulators, elk hair caddis, and parachute adams are some top fly choices.
The Chama River 230 cfs below El Vado Dam Fair and 52 cfs below Abiquiu Dam Fair
The fishing is now rated as fair below El Vado as the releases out of the dam are quite murky. Expect clarity to go down further when the lake turns over. Big nymphs like double hackle peacocks and had favorites and streamers like woolly buggers, zoo cougars, and autumn splendors work best. The flows below Abiquiu are a little low now for optimum fishing but quite clear. Streamers and midges are the fly choices for Abiquiu. The area below Abiquiu Dam is a Special Trout Water with reduced bag limits. The density of fish is very low here and is not stocked. Please report anyone over harvesting here to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.
Albuquerque area Rio Grande riverside drains have been stocked recently. Most are reportedly fishing fair except for the Corrales Drain, which was dredged and now lacks the vegetation to hold fish.
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