Stream Report for Tuesday August 28, 2007
San Juan River 934 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The San Juan was quite clear and fishing was very good, but the releases out of Navajo Dam went up yesterday. I'm guessing that the increased flows won't affect fishing in a negative way. Wade fishing has been awesome with the better spots being the upper flats toward the cable, baetis bend and below Simon Canyon. Flies for the San Juan include red disco midges, red desert storms, chocolate johnny flash, chocolate RS2's, UV flash midge emergers, and black or olive bunny leeches. Be forewarned, mosquitoes are out in force so bring your repellent!
Rio Grande 411 cfs at Pilar; Slow for pike, Fair for trout, Fair for smallmouth bass
The Rio Grande is getting clearer and is at a decent flow for wading. Fishing for smallmouth bass has been fair. Some of the bigger eddies around Pilar do hold smallies. Fish for them on sinking or better yet sink tip lines with crayfish patterns. There is cooler water and better trout fishing in the gorge. Other flies for the Rio Grande are elk hair caddis, emergent sparkle pupa, submarine softhackle, black, brown or olive woolly buggers, autumn splendors, zoo cougars, conehead madonna’s, double hackle peacocks, poundmeisters, and caddis nymphs. No recent reports of people catching pike on the Rio.
Pecos River 58 cfs below Terrero; Good
The Pecos is fishing well. It seems that the monsooon season may be on it's way out but there is still a chance afternoon rains in the mountains. Dry fly dropper rigs are the most productive in the mornings but, dry fly fishing in the evenings has been awesome. Flies for the Pecos include caddis nymphs, small stimulators, Barr's PMD emerger, tungsten rubber leg copper johns, bivisibles, red quills, fluttering caddis, spent partridge caddis, and large adams. The river adjacent to Monastery Lake and all the way up to and behind the fish hatchery is private. Please respect all of the landowners along the Pecos and stay out of all posted private waters. The FIRST PUBLIC access is Dalton Day Use. Dalton is approximately 6 miles upstream of the village of Pecos. Please report anyone over harvesting fish or poaching to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.
Rio del Pueblo and Rio Santa Barbara are both fishing well. Afternoon heat and bright sun makes the fishing a little slower the coolest water is usually found in the mornings on the Pueblo. Dry fly dropper rigs work best on the Pueblo and high riding easy to see dry flies are the way to go for the Santa Barbara. The better fishing on the Pueblo tends to be the areas between the campgrounds. Lots of wild browns, stocked rainbows and the occasional cutthroat make this river one of the places you can catch a grand slam. The Santa Barbara also has good numbers of wild browns and lots of stocked rainbows up to the campgrounds. Mid-day fishing doesn't slow on the Santa Barbara because of the gradients and abundant stream cover. The unfortunate thing is that you have to hike a ways above Santa Barbara campground to find cutthroats.
Cimarron River 37 cfs at Cimarron; Good
The Cimarron River is dam controlled for the most part by Eagle Nest dam. Releases out of the dam are at 38 cfs. Flows are good for fishing but I don't expect them to stay this level for very long. The remaining water comes from a few small tributaries like Tolby Creek and Clear Creek. The Cimarron has several campgrounds that make it a busy place especially on the weekends. Given the crowds and the fluctuating releases out of the dam, there is better fishing on the smaller streams south of Taos. Please note that the Red River has limited access between Questa and the village of Red River. Highway 38 is still open over Bobcat Pass between the village of Red River and Eagle's Nest. Flies for the Cimarron are yellow stimulators, little yellow sallies, parachute adams, copper higgins, pheasant tails, and HDA favorites.
The Rio Costilla 100 cfs below Costilla Reservoir; Fair
The Rio Costilla is currently flowing a very high at with releases out of Costilla Reservoir at 100 cfs. At these flows, fishing will be tough and wading will be tougher. The Costilla fishes best between 30 to 60 cfs. Flies like house and lots, stimulators, madam x's, dennis hoppers, and yellow sallies were some of the favorites. It's one of the few places to reliably catch a Rio Grande cutthroat trout. High floating dry flies cast tight to the banks are usually the best producers. Shuree Ponds are also fishing very good and is one place for a chance at hooking a rainbow over 20 inches. Flies for Shuree include double hackle peacocks, snails, small prince nymphs, and diving caddis.
Jemez Mountain Streams 18 cfs on main stem Jemez above Jemez Pueblo; Good
The Jemez streams are fishing well especially on dry flies in the evenings. The headwater streams like the East Fork, San Antonio and the Cebolla are at their summertime low and quite clear. The most streams are heating up and mid-day fishing has slowed some. Hatches of little yellow sallies, small caddis, and large mayflies have been bring most fish to the surface. Or monsoon season is tapering off but there is still a chance on it raining somewhere up in the Jemez in the afternoons. Forest Road 376 to the upper San Antonio is open. Drive 376 at your own risk. It's usually passable in dry weather in a high clearance vehicle like a two wheel drive pickup, but if it rains, a four wheel drive or alternate access is required. Dry flies over the shallower runs or dead drifting a small nymph on a dropper in the deeper pools will pick up most of the fish. Fly choices are yellow stimulators, yellow sallies, red quills, adams, spent partridge caddis, red legged hoppers, dennis hoppers, caddis pupa, BLM's, and HDA favorites.
The Chama River above the village of Chama; Good: 44 cfs below the town of Tierrra Amarilla; Fair: 316 cfs below El Vado Dam; Poor: and 355 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Poor
The fishing is generally fair below El Vado using big nymphs with flash and sparkle or streamers but, make sure to check out the flows as releases out of both dams have been fluctuating every couple of days. The Chama below Abiquiu Dam is aslo likey to be fishing slow as long as the releases keep fluctuating wildly. The Chama flowing into El Vado is warm and fishing is slow. The Chama River above the village of Chama has nice water and is fishing well. Afternoon rains can murk this section up so plan accordingly. The nearby Brazos River is also fishing very well. Streamers are the general fly choices below both dams. The flies for the upper Chama and Brazos are spent partridge caddis, Furimsky's fluttering foam caddis, bivisbles, adams, and red quills. The Chama River above El Vado and below Abiquiu are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits. The density of fish is very low there and is not stocked. Please report anyone over harvesting here to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.
Stone Lake on the Jicarilla Nation is currently fishing slow. Float tubes or other small watercraft is the best way to fish Stone Lake. Mundo Lake is currently fishing the best of all Jicarilla Nation lakes. There are largemouth bass in Mundo as well and evening fishing for them has been good. Flies for Jicarilla Nation Lakes are bass poppers, hellgramites, woolly buggers, and damsel nymphs. The High Desert Angler is an official Jicarilla Nation fishing permit vendor.
MacAllister Lake has had a fish kill. Unfortunately all of the trout were affected and hopefully all the mirror carp as well. Currently there are no plans to restock the lake till next year.
Limited angling opportunities for Gila trout began July 1, 2007, in select streams in southwestern New Mexico that have been closed to fishing since 1966. Everyone who fishes for Gila Trout must have a Gila Trout Permit along with a valid New Mexico fishing license. Permits are free and will be available June 1 on the "Buy licenses online" feature of the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us.
In Southern Colorado:
The Conejos River 222 cfs at Magote; Good
The Conejos River is back down with lower releases out of Platoro Reservoir. The river immediately below Platoro Resevoir is currently flowing at 152 cfs. Releases over 180 cfs make wading the Pinnacles dangerous to downright impossible. Caddis and green drakes have been bringing some good fish up to the surface, although nymph fishing on a heavily weighted leader is also very productive. Try dry fly dropper rigs and nymphing the edges. Stop by Conejos River Anglers on your way to the river and talk to John or Devon for the latest info on the Conejos. They may be able to offer you an alternative. At a few hours drive from Santa Fe, it's within the same driving distance to the San Juan and should be as great of a summer fishery as it was last year.
Arkansas River; Good
The Arkansas River is fishing well especially above Salida and should be at it's best fishing of the summer. Releases out of Clear Creek Reservoir and Twin Lakes are way down and the summer rafting season is near it's end. Nymph fishing between Buena Vista and Granite should be on fire at these flows. The river above Lake Creek to Hayden Meadows is clear and the fish are feeding. Flows at Granite are 262 cfs. Keep an eye on the flows this weekend as water is released out of Twin Lakes or Clear Creek Reservoirs for the rafters and kayakers, so the better fishing when this occurs, is upstream towards Leadville. The Ark is about four hours from Santa Fe and another river worth exploring just over the border.
Rio Grande 78 cfs at Thirty Mile Bridge; Good
The upper Rio Grande is being micro managed with releases coming out of Rio Grande or Continental Reservoirs. The release have been fluctuating every few days it seems, fortunately they are down at the moment. Fishing had been good on the upper Rio, just adjust your tactics to the conditions. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be most productive if the river is murky. Consider fishing the South Fork for easier wading. There have been some hatching green drakes and lots of caddis. Caddis and green drakes, and their nymphs are the flies for the upper Rio.
The San Juan River 105 cfs at Pagosa Springs; Good; Piedra River 106 at Arboles; Good
The east and west forks of the San Juan and Piedra rivers are fishing very well, but can run high with runoff from some local rainfall. Afternoon rains have been diminshing over most of southern Colorado and are less likely to affect afternoon fishing in the Pagosa area. The good news is usually only one or two streams get hit hard by rain leaving somewhere to fish like the tributaries to the Piedra or Williams Creek. Mornings may offer the best fishing and cooler water. This area provides some awesome summer fishing within a few hours drive of Santa Fe.
Animas River 422 cfs at Durango; Fair
The Animas River near Durango is coming down and should start to fish better. The river is clearing and the rains are diminshing. The Delores River below McPhee Reservoir is flowing at 75 cfs. This is near an optimum flow for the Delores. The only traffic on this river is from guides who operate out of Telluride and Durango, and there is lots of room. If you are in the area and can't fish the Animas, consider the Delores.
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