Ed's Fly Fishing Report for Thursday March 8, 2012
San Juan River 470 cfs below Navajo Dam; Good
Not much change here. The lake has turned again, probably for the last time, and the water is murky. Although the clarity has diminshed, there has been some dry fly fishing if you're lucky enough to get a midge hatch. Baetis hatches are still quite sporadic. Good midge fishing and midge hatches during the mornings and decent blue winged olive sub-suface activity in the afternoons. In the mornings, use a red midge larva as your point fly and trail a size #24-26 black, olive, or gray midge pupa. As the afternoon progresses, change your flies to baetis, such as a gray or chocolate RS2 or foam wing emerger. 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 38 cfs below Terrero; Slow: at Villanueva State Park; Fair
The upper river has more open water and fishing on these milder days has been fair. No dry fly fishing, however the fish are taking midges, baetis nymphs, and smaller stonefly nymphs. Villanueva State Park was last stocked on January 24th and the fishing there has slowed without any new fish. Please respect the landowners along the Pecos and don't trespass. The Pecos National Historical Park's Fishing Program for the spring resumes today, Thursday March 8th. See our announcements page or the Park's website at: http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info.
Rio Grande 364 cfs at Cerro; Slow: 537 cfs at Pilar; Slow for pike, Slow to Fair for trout, Poor for smallmouth bass
The flows on the Rio are fluctuating with some localized runoff with the warnmer weather we've been experiencing lately. Water clarity is decent, but best in the mornings. Trout still seem to prefer the faster aeriated water. Nymph the pocket water or chunk some streamers for the fiestier browns. Pike fishing is still good but the catching is pretty tough. Lots of pike are being seen, but, very few of them are eating. There are also lots of carp in the same water which typically won't eat big pike flies, so be sure you are casting over pike if you want to catch one. The water is quite clear so be stealthy. Pike hunt by feel. Large streamers that moves water will still get a pike's attention. Vary your retrieves and change up the color of your flies to see which ones trigger a bite.
Jemez Mountain Streams 30 cfs above Jemez Pueblo; Slow, depending on the watershed.
The lower Guadalupe can be accessed below Gilman tunnels and is fishing fair in the warmer part of the day. The lower Jemez river is stocked and may be worth fishing for rainbows. The fishing program at the Valles Caldera National Preserve will not open as planned on May 12th. See their website at: http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx for the details or to get a refund if you have already made reservations for this year.
The Chama River above the village of Chama; Poor: ICE cfs below the town of Tierrra Amarilla; Slow: 74 cfs below El Vado Dam; Slow to Fair: and 119 cfs below Abiquiu Dam; Good
The Chama below Abiquiu dam has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama as a whole. The stretch flowing downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is slow. The release out of El Vado is murky and low although, fishable. Big nymphs dead drifted and finished with a swing or stripping streamers is the way to go there. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam is fishing good. Small stuff like midges and baetis with a worm or a crane fly larva as an attrractor is the typicall rig. 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:
Animas River 198 at Durango; Slow to Fair
The lower reaches near Durango and southward is getting murky, especially in the afternoons with some loacalized snowmelt. The diminishing clarity and influx of colder water has slowed fishing somewhat. bigger bugs like stonefly nymphs or streamer have been getting more attention than the little stuff.
Arkansas River 214 cfs at Granite; Slow: 304 cfs at Salida; Slow
The best fishing on the Ark is below Pueblo reservoir. Fishing from Salida downstream into Bighorn Sheep Canyon has been pretty slow with slush and ice especially in the mornings. The fish move from their deeper winter lies in the afternoons to feed on midges and baetis mid-day. Nymphing with golden stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae, baeties, and midges have been the most productive.
It's early spring in New Mexico and water and fishing condtitions can change with the weather! Please CALL the fly shop for the latest in stream flows and water conditions.
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