Fly Fishing Report for Wednesday November 12, 2008
San Juan River 513 cfs below Navajo Dam; Fair to Good
Midge nymphing in the morning is the most productive, and fish start to rise for baetis or midges in the afternoon. The baetis hatches are tapering off but you may get a hatch on overcast days. The midge hatches are getting better as we move into late fall. This is just about prime dry fly time on the Juan. Size 24-26 olive, black, brown, and cream midges, and size 22-24 gray and chocolate rs2's and gray and chocolate foam back emergers have been the better producers. The smaller versions of most flies (size #26) tend to out fish a larger size. Visibility is about three feet with some suspended moss in the currents. On bright sunny days expect the fish to be in deeper water. Texas hole and cable hole have been the better spots. Simon Canyon blew out and the lower river from there down is VERY sandy. There is a two fly only rule for the quality waters of the San Juan. This rule went into effect on July 1st.
Rio Grande 109 cfs at Cerro; Fair to Good: 317 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for pike, Good for trout, Fair for smallmouth bass
Not much change on the Rio. The Rio Grande is a little murky with about three feet of visibility. Contrary to other reports, you can pick up trout on the edges dry fly dropper style with caddis nymphs, pheasant tails, or crane fly larvae. Trout are feeding well in anticipation of winter. It's also baetis time on the Rio. Look for late afternoon risers especially on the cloudy days. The best time to fish for trout is early morning or in the evenings. Smallmouth inhabit the eddies and can be picked up on crayfish patterns or woolly buggers on a long leader or sinking tip or sinking line. Pike hunt by feel and they'll take large streamers that move water regardless of water clarity, just be sure to cover the water more thoroughly. Flies for the Rio are autumn splendors, zoo cougars, conehead madonna’s, caddis nymphs, and Barr's emergers, and RS2'S. For pike, show them big rabbit strip flies, large streamers or diving flies.
Pecos River 32 cfs below Terrero; Fair
The mornings are going to fish slow, but by noon til 4 o'clock or so, fish are eating. Water temps are in the low forties so you'll have to get your flies down to the fish and put them in front of the fish' nose. Olive RS2's, Barr's emegers, black midge larvae, and Furimsky's peeking caddis under an indicator are all working pretty much the length of the public water. The Fishing Program at the Pecos National Historical Park has closed for the season. 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 5.6 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Fair
The Cimarron River is dam controlled for the most part by Eagle Nest dam. The release has come down since last report. There are sporadic hatches of blue winged olives and midge hatches as well. There is more water at the eastern end of the park below Clear Creek. Expect fish to be quite spooky. Flies for the Cimarron are bwo's, Griffith's gnats, hares ear nymphs, Barr's emergers, and gray and olive scuds.
Jemez Mountain Streams 31 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair
The Jemez streams are all fishing well. The lower Jemez streams fish well mid-day but the headwater stretches are fishing slower. The streams are low and clear making a stealthy approach a challenge. Dry fly fishing is pretty well done here except for a few gullible fish looking up. Nymphing is more productive with size 16-18 prince nymphs, pheasant tails, and black or blue copper johns.
The Chama River above the village of Chama; Fair: 75 cfs below the town of Tierrra Amarilla; Fair: 105 cfs below El Vado Dam; Fair to Good: and 72 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Slow to Fair
There are some late BWO hatches off between Tierra Amarilla and Chama, but nymphing in this colder water is more productive. Fish the deeper water and cover each lane thoroughly. The fishing is generally fair below El Vado using big nymphs with flash and sparkle or streamers, but the water is murky. Nymphing is tough during these low flows and bad visibility but, streamer fishing is still good. Lower releases from Abiquiu Dam have made the Chama below it more fishable finally. The water clarity is off so use big bugs or throw streamers. Even though this stretch does have some decent natural reproduction, most of the fish that get caught get kept. The tailwater sections usually fish best below 300 cfs. 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:
Conejos River 8 cfs below Platoro Reservoir; Poor: 47 cfs at Mogote; Slow
Winter is coming and fishing is slowing down here as it is on most of our freestone mountain streams. You can catch fish here but it requires you to cover the water thoroughly and have your flies tight to the bottom of the river. This is probably the last Conejos report til early spring. Don't forget that the pre-runoff window here in the spring is very good for all of us nymph fishers any way. Many thanks to Jon, Devan, and Troy for the reports over the summer. One last plea from Jon Harp of Conejos River Anglers to: each of you that fish this river and care about its future, make a donation to the Conejos Habitat Project! It is tax deductable and will make a huge difference in the future of the river. Send checks to Trout Unlimited c/o Conejos Habitat Project, P.O. Box 503, Alamosa, CO 81101
Arkansas River 325 cfs at Salida: Fair
There have been some afternoon Blue Winged Olive hatches and more midges coming off lately. Near Salida, the state leases are fishing well. Make sure to cover the edges in the mornings and evenings and the deeper runs in the afternoons. Don't overlook the fast water mid-day especially if it's cloudy. PMD's, caddis, blue winged olives, midges, hoppers, with a trailing pheasant tails or Barr's emerger are all working on the Ark.
Animas River 350 cfs at Durango; Fair
The flows on the Animas have come up with some recently melted snow. The river near Durango should clear soon and has been fishing well especially on streamers. There has been some blue winged olives coming off right through town and the midge hatches are getting more prolific.
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