Fly Fishing Report for Monday February 11, 2008
The Bureau of Reclamation will be increasing the releases out of Navajo Dam on Monday February 11th. Releases will go up by 1000 cfs per day until it reaches 3000 cfs and will remain at 3000 until May. See our announcements page for more details
San Juan River 1080 cfs below Navajo Dam; Fair to Good
Navajo Lake turned over last month and the river coming out of dam is murky and visibility is about a foot. Releases out of the dam went up to 1000 cfs today and will go up to 3000 cfs by Wednesday. Wading gets a little tougher, but hopefully it will also move some fish out of the deeper runs where they been holding. Midge nymphing has been the most productive and expect to use flies as large as #18's and 20's. Most fish are holding in the deeper water tight to the bottom so adjust your weight accordingly. The best producers are red and orange San Juan worms, chamois leeches, or egg patterns, with a trailing red or black midge. Black, olive, or flesh bunny leeches round out the fly choices.
Rio Grande 315 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 501 cfs at Pilar; Good for pike, Slow for trout, Slow for smallmouth bass
The Rio Grande is going to be subject to periods of snowmelt and murky water, to cold and clear. Currently the water is fairly clear. The trout fishing is slow with water temps hovering around 35 degrees. The warmer days we've had lately did push water temps to 40. Large streamers that move water however, are picking up quite a few pike. If the water temps get to 40, fish for trout using olive RS2's, softhackle pheasant tail, black, brown or olive woolly buggers, autumn splendors, zoo cougars, conehead madonna’s, double hackle peacocks, poundmeisters, and caddis nymphs. For pike, show them big rabbit strip flies, large streamers or diving flies.
Pecos River below Terrero; Poor
The river above the village of Pecos is going to fish slow at best until the warmer days of spring. Villanueva State Park was last stocked a few of weeks ago. Egg patterns, and red and chartreuse copper higgins generally work on the stockers. The Pecos upstream of the village of Pecos is a little murky and the water is rising. Most of the ice is gone but cold water temps still make the fishing quite slow. 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.
Cimarron River Poor
The Cimarron River is dam controlled for the most part by Eagle Nest dam. Releases out of the dam are below 1 cfs today. Fish elsewhere until spring.
Jemez Mountain Streams 34 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow
The Jemez streams are clear and cold. They may become high and murky with runoff if air temps get above freezing. Fishing will be slow, so be methodical and fish small nymphs any where below Jemez Springs. Expect the headwater streams to be snowbound and fishing poor. The lower Jemez below Jemez Springs was stocked for winter trout fishing this past week.
The Chama River above the village of Chama; Poor: below the town of Tierrra Amarilla; Slow: 118 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair: and 105 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Slow
The fishing is generally fair below El Vado using big nymphs with flash and sparkle or streamers. The Chama River above the village of Chama is low and quite cold. Streamers are the general fly choices below both dams. Both sections usually fish better at about 150 cfs. The first access to the Chama in the Rio Chama Wildlife Area, off of NM Highway 112 has been closed by the landowner. The better acces is off of NM Highway 95 near the Heron Dam outlet. 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.
In Southern Colorado:
Arkansas River; Slow to Fair
The Arkansas River is fishing slow above Salida. The river downstream of Salida is fishing fair towards Canon City. Streamers, midges and baetis are the flies for the Ark.
Animas River at Durango; Slow
The Animas River near Durango is fishing slow to fair. The warmer days we've had lately should improve the fishing. Big browns are prowling and will take streamers especially if it's overcast. Winter is a great time to fish the Animas on the Southern Ute Reservation. Permits can be obtained at the Durango fly shops, Zia Sporting Goods in Farmington, or Float-n-Fish in Navajo Dam. It makes for a nice diversion from the San Juan River about 45 minutes away.
Water and fishing condtitions are changing daily! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.
Please see our announcements 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.
For the latest in stream flows, see our links page and click on New Mexico Stream Flows.