Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Monday April 11, 2011
San Juan River 504 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Big midge hatches continue to come off late mornings. Cluster patterns like griffith's gnats work on the gulping fish. Try a 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 58 cfs below Terrero; Slow to Fair: at Villanueva State Park; Slow to Fair
The fishing is picking up every day and fish are eating. The fishing down at Villanueva State Park is rated slow to fair because it's received it's alst stocking of the season and flows will be reduced as irrigators pull water off upstream. Not much for dry fly fishing yet, so stick to nymphs. Golden stonefly nymphs, egg patterns, small pheasant tails, baetis nymphs and zebra midges were some of the latest hot flies. The spring fishing program at Pecos National Historical Park ended today but will resume again in late June, 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. The Pecos National historical Park is now open to fishing through April 11th. Please see their website for the details at http://www.nps.gov/peco/index.htm and click on "2011 Fishing Program".
Rio Grande 122 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 257 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. We could start seeing adult caddis in the next couple of weeks! I'll be sure to keep you posted. 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 32 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 .2 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: 10 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 178 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 435 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 230 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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