Stream Report

Updated June 13, 2021
Pecos River
  • The middle section of the Pecos River is now the Pecos Canyon State Park. This includes Bert Clancey, Terrerro Campground, Jamie Koch Day Use, and Mora Campground. A day use fee of $5.00 is now being enforced. Look for the pay stations.

  • Hatches: Stoneflies!, yellow sallies, some gray drakes

  • Patterns: Rogue Stones, Crystal Stimis, HDA Favorites, Salvations

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The river is getting lower by the day. The wading is easy. Stoneflies are out and is the first good start of dry fly-fishing. Ditch the indicator now that flows are lower and fish dry-droppers with a large stonefly up top and a trailing baetis. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river.  

 

The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season started June 10th. Get a date sooner than later as a few individuals have been purchasing many of the available dates. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info.

Chama River
Village of Chama
  • Hatches: small stoneflies

  • Patterns: Pat's Rubber Legs, Twenty Inchers, Micromays, Perdichingons

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Below El Vado

  • Hatches: none

  • Patterns: Double Bead Goldens, Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas
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Below Heron
  • Hatches: Stoneflies

  • Patterns: Double Bead Goldens, Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas

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Below Abiquiu
  • Hatches: none

  • Patterns: Double Bead Goldens, Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas

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Village of Chama: The upper Chama in the Sargent WMA is still in runoff, but the good news is that the flows are declining. Give it a week.. 

Near Heron: The upper river is getting warmer with irrigation return. Better fishing below Heron. Lot's of carp in this section and not much trout.   

Below El Vado:  The release varies between weekends and weekdays.. The release is higher on weekends. Go mid-week for more wading friendly flows. The river is very murky. About the only fishing is at Cooper's going for the stockers in the big eddy out front and not many people are catching.  

Below Abiquiu:  The river below the dam is has come down. but, the water is very turbid. I doubt this place will fish well this summer as New Mexico will need to keep sending water to Texas. 

The Chama River above El Vado Reservoir, downstream of the stream gauge at Cooper's Ranch,  and below Abiquiu Dam are Special Trout Waters with reduced bag limits or catch and release only rules. Please report anyone to New Mexico Game and Fish at 1-800-432-4263.  The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam has a daily bag limit of 3 fish.

Rio Grande
  • Hatches:​ Blue-winged olives   

  • Patterns:  Crane Bombs, Warden's Worries, Searchers, Perdichingons, CDC Pheasant Tails 

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The Rio muddied up last week but is clearing. Not sure what this weekend's storms did to the river but most rain seemed to be east of the mountains. Have a back up plan if you go. is up with more water coming from runoff in Colorado. Fishing has slowed.  Not much going on for some dry fly action. The caddis hatch is well done by now. Beatis are more active during the day and are what the fish are focusing on.     

Jemez Mountain Streams
  • Hatches:​ some blue-winged olives    

  • Patterns: Kingfisher Hoppers, Stimulators, Rainbow Warriors, Lightning Bugs,

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The Jemez streams as a whole are fishing well. Dry dropper rigs are a perfect set up right now with a few fish being caught on dries.   For fishing in the Valles Caldera , please see their website for info at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx

The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. There is no longer a reservation system. It's all fisrt come first served until all of the backcountry access permits are issued for the day.  Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

San Juan River

Navajo Lake State Park and the San Juan River Quality waters are now open! 

 

Hatches: Blue-winged olives, midges

Patterns: UV Midge Emergers, Bling Midges, Johnny Flash, Split-Case BWO's

Please support the local Navajo Dam shops if you need stuff. They have had a tough time with COVID.  It's summer and the fishing is good. Midges in the mornings and baetis in the afternoons. 

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!

Conejos River
Mogote
  • Hatches: some blue winged-olives  

  • Patterns: Twenty Bombs, Golden Tungstones, Pat's Rubberlegs, micro mayfly

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Platoro
  • Hatches: midges and blue-winged olives

  • Patterns: Zebra midges Golden Tungstones, Pat's Rubberlegs, micro mayfly

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The fishing  is tough on the Conejos with high water. The increase in dam release has made it harder to wade. Watch flows and choose a time if you can, that offers better conditions.. 

If you're fishing elsewhere in the area and need current flow data you can likely find information from these links.