Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Friday March 4, 2011
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Sorry it's been a while since this was last updated. I cut my time back here at the shop to a couple of days and I sometimes just don't get it changed before I have to go. Please feel free to call the shop for the latest in conditions. You can leave a message if you don't reach us and we'll call you back. Thanks, Ed.
San Juan River 499 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
The visiblity is reported to be two to three feet in the river below the dam. Despite the murky water, big midge hatches continue to come off late mornings. Cluster patterns like griffith's gnats work on the gulping fish. Try an single black midge for the sippers. Egg patterns are also a hot producer right now with peach and yellow being the best colors. Dark bodied midge larvae and pupa as well as dark brown baetis are also getting attention. The Special Trout Water section is all catch and release and has a two fly only rule. 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!
Pecos River ICE cfs below Terrero; Slow to Fair: at Villanueva State Park; Fair
The fishing is on the slow side but really improving with the warmer weather. Thereis good fishing down at Villanueva State Park if you can get it on a weekday. It was last stocked on the February 15th. Not much for dry fly fishing yet, so stick to nymphs. Egg patterns, red or green copper johns, prince nymphs, and scuds tend to fool most of the stocked fish. For the browns and holdover rainbows, show them a zebra midge or juju baetis or flashbasck PT. 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.
Rio Grande 375 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 530 cfs at Pilar; Slow for pike, Slow for trout, Poor for smallmouth bass
Fishing will improve with some warmer weather. The river did get a little murky with the warmer temps melting off some of the lower elevation snowpack. I've had better reports on pike and trout at Pilar. Be persistent and focus on the tailouts of pools and right below the gravel bars. For trout, try a crane fly larvae or stonefly nymphs with a trailing caddis pupa or flashback pheasant tail. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that moves water will still get a pikes attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.
Jemez Mountain Streams 40 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Fair
There is a little bit of a runoff pattern on the stream guage but no enough to affect fishing. The main stem Jemez was stocked for winter fishing a week ago. Fish are taking small dries and small nymphs presented on a dry dropper rig. As far as flies go, use buoyant fry flies to suspend a bead head dropper. Keep the droppers on the small side like #16-18.
Cimarron River 1 cfs below Eagle Nest Dam; Poor: 8 cfs at Cimarron
It's done. Find another place to fish until they release more water in the spring. Tell anyone whose ear you can bend, like a new governor, that we need instream flows in this state!
The Chama River above the village of Chama; Poor: below the town of Tierrra Amarilla; Slow: 104 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 193 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Fair to Good
Not much change here either. The release out of El Vado has been reduced. I'd still use big nymphs with flash and sparkle, but over the tailouts of pools thoroughly and hit the obvious seams. Crane fly larva and egg patterns were reported to be the hot flies. The stretch below Abiquiu is fishing well. It's all about black midge larvae and pupa, and beatis nymphs here. Even though this stretch does have some decent natural reproduction, most of the fish that get caught, get kept. 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 415 cfs at Granite; Fair: 542 cfs at Salida; Fair
Cold nights have slowed the fishing, but I beleive it will be back on if the temps return to mid-forties during the day. Higher releases out of Twin Lakes does keep a short section below the confluence of Lake Creek open and fishable. The better fishing is from Salida downstream through Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The fish are eating midges and baetis most of the day and a few are stuffing themselves with caddis pupa. The fish that are eating are stationed in the deeper runs and are most active from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Black midge larvae has been the most productive fly. Good midge hatches as of late. Please note that the road into Brown's Canyon at Hecla Junction is closed for road work and US Highway 50 is closed just west of Cotopaxi due to a landslide. CDOT hopes to have the road open by Moday February 21st.
Animas River 216 cfs at Durango; Fair
Streamers in the deep and dark as well as dark stone fly nympsh and baetis patterns have been fooling the feeders. Best fishing is in the afternoons giving the water time to warm up.
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