Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Sunday February 21, 2010
Governor Richardson announced that all New Mexico State Parks will remain open during the remainder of state employee furlough days. Governor Richardson announced the change after receiving dozens of requests from New Mexico residents, local municipalities and businesses asking to keep parks open because of concerns about the negative economic impact closures could have on local economies. Listening to constituent concerns, Governor Richardson worked with State Parks and the State Personnel Office to come up with the plan that will still require State Park employees to take three remaining furlough days. Those employees who are needed to work to keep parks open on designated furlough days, will be required to take alternate furlough days. The bottom line is that Navajo Lake State Park and the San Juan River and locally, the Pecos River at Villanueva State Park will not close as scheduled and fly fishers can enjoy the resource at will.
Pecos River below Terrero; Poor: At Villanueva State Park; Slow
The upper Pecos has some open water, but it seems that some of the fish I've seen caught around Terrero are very stressed. Since they get bombarded during the summer months I'm advocating for letting them be. Soon, very soon. The only other fishable stretch is all the way down at Villanueva State Park. Villanueva was stocked fianlly and probably for the last time this season around February 1st. Get it while it's good! Egg patterns, red and green copper johns, and prince nymphs were all working on the stockers. Don't be a poacher! Please respect all of the landowners along the Pecos and stay out of all posted private waters. Please report anyone over harvesting fish or poaching to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.
San Juan River 470 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The lake has turned over in December and visibilty on the river is still reduced to 2-3 feet. This obviously reduces some dry fly fishing, but fishing is still good on the usual midge fare. Red, cream, orange, gray and olive larva size 18-24, midge pupa in olive and gray size 22-24, along with black or olive bunny leeches. Blue winged olives have been coming off with the stormy weather. Gray, olive or chocolate RS2's, johnny flashes and foam wing emergers size 22-24 from 11:00am to 5:00 pm have been producing. Fish the deeper slower runs especially after a very cold night. Some of the smaller fish have been eating blue wings off of the surface. Gray CDC biot BWO's and Furimsky's BWO BDE's were the hot surface flies There is a two fly only rule for the quality waters of the San Juan. Also, the Special Trout Water section is all catch and release. If you see someone in violation, turn them into Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263. Officers have been checking people for licenses, barbless flies, and the number of flies on your rig! File those barbs or go barbless, as the fines are steep!
Rio Grande 307 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 488 cfs at Pilar; Fair to Good for pike, Slow to Fair for trout, Poor for smallmouth bass
The Rio Grande is somewhat clear at 2-3 feet of visibility. For trout, show them a crane fly larvae, stonelfy nymphs, or work streamers around structure. It's about a month till caddis time. Start tying your flies and working on your excuse to your boss. Pike fishing, or I should say catching, has been a little slow. I think it may be due to pressure and it might be time to explore and find a new honey hole. Pike hunt by feel and they'll take large streamers that move water regardless of water clarity, just be sure to cover the water thoroughly. Cover the deep, slower runs and change flies frequently to see which ones trigger a strike.
Jemez Mountain Streams above Jemez Pueblo; Slow to Fair
The lower streams like the East Fork above Battleship Rock and the main stem Jemez have more water and are fishing fair from mid-day on. Forest Road 376 is closed limiting access on the Guadalupe. The main stem Jemez River was last stocked over a month ago.
The Chama River above the village of Chama; Poor: below the town of Tierrra Amarilla; Slow: 58 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 89 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Fair to Good
The fishing is slow to fair below El Vado using big nymphs with flash and sparkle or streamers. Cover the tailouts of pools and hit the obvious seams. The release out of Abiquiu is also down and fishing is fair to good. Baetis nymphs, midges, and crane fly larva are the usual flies for the Chama below Abiquiu. Some periods of muddy water have been reported below Abiquiu. It is due to construction of a new generating turbine. Rumor has it that thay will be testing the turbine some time this week, Expect high flows for short periods and muddy water during the higher release. 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:
Arkansas River at Granite; Slow: 190 cfs at Salida; Slow to Fair
The release out of Twin Lakes has been decreased finally and were are seeing a more natural flow on the Ark. Fishing is fair near Salida on a warm afternoon. The fish are holding in their winter lies in the deeper pools. They tend to feed harder with the warmer weather, and seem to be rather selective. Big stone fly nymphs with a size 20 black midge pupa has been the most productive set up. The best fishing is currently below Pueblo Reservoir on midges and baetis.
Animas River 189 cfs at Durango; Fair
The Animas is fairly clear and fishing fair. A weighted nymphs with a trailing midge or pheasant tail drifted tight to the bottom will pick up some fish. Some good streamer fishing early morning or at dusk.
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