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Stream Report

Updated July 20 2019
Pecos River
  • Hatches:​   Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Yellow Sallies  

  • Patterns:   Feast Beast Caddis, Fluttering Caddis, Para Hoppers, Headlight Sally  

Caddis flies are out in good numbers with the heaviest concentrations in the late afternoon til dusk. Yellow Sallies's are also gaining in numbers and are working mid-day. Round that out with a hopper and you can fish dries all day. Keep the droppers on the small end; no bigger than a #16. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. 

 

The Pecos National Historical Park’s Summer Fishing Season will resume on Thursday July 19th. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info.

Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river. The National Park Service will reopen the fishing season on Pecos National Historical Park starting June 15th. Please see the Park's website for more information.

Chama River
Village of Chama
  • Hatches: Caddis, Hoppers

  • Patterns: Fluttering Caddis, Feast Beast Caddis, More or Less Hoppers, Hippy Stompers, 

Below El Vado
  • Hatches:  Caddis, Hoppers

  • Patterns:  Fluttering Caddis, Feast Beast Caddis, More or Less Hoppers, Hippy Stompers, 

Below Heron
  • Hatches:  Caddis, Hoppers

  • Patterns:  Fluttering Caddis, Feast Beast Caddis, More or Less Hoppers, Hippy Stompers, 

No Gage Available
Below Abiquiu
  • Hatches:​  Caddis, Hoppers

  • Patterns:  Fluttering Caddis, Feast Beast Caddis, More or Less Hoppers, Hippy Stompers, 

Village of Chama: The upper Chama in the Sargent WMA is within good levels for fishing and reports have been very positive

Below Heron: The river flowing into El Vado is declining rapidly. Hit it now before this stretch warms up. Throwing streamers and deep nymphing should produce.

Below El Vado:  If you caught the short window of lower flow releases your were likely very happy.  But the release below El Vado has returned to the 600CFS range which will make fishing a challenge  and looks like it'll be awhile before the release comes down.

Below Abiquiu:  The river below Abiquiu is also too high and silt is getting flushed out of Abiquiu and the clarity isn't good. Wait until autumn to fish here again. 

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:​  Sporadic Insignificant Midge and Baetis    

  • Patterns:  Crane Bombs, Warden's Worries, Searchers, Gongas, Butt Monkeys 

The Rio has a lot of water flowing through it much to the delight of the rafting crowd. I have had reports of people catching some trout, but the conditions are not great. There may be a small window here for decent trout fishing once the water clears up and if the water temps are cool enough for happy trout by the end of the month. If you go, the gorge will better than Pilar and there will be a lot less rafting traffic.

Jemez Mountain Streams
  • Hatches:​ Caddis, Yellow Sallie's   

  • Patterns: Fat Caddis, Stalcup's Hopper, Little Yellow Stones   

Summer months hit the Jemez rivers hard as very low flows and warm water temps slow the fishing dramatically.  However, the upper reaches of the San Antonio and Cebolla continue to fish well. Try a dry dropper rig just as an easy presentation in the lower flows and clear water. The best news is that the Valles Caldera is open for fishing again all reports have been glowing with plenty of larger hungry Browns waiting for well presented flies.  It’s all hoppers and beetles there.

 

The Valles Caldera at the time of this writing is open. Please see their website for details 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

  • Hatches:  Midges in Quality Water, PMD's and Caddis below Quality Water 

  • Patterns:  Bling Midge, Jujube Midge, Johnny Flash, Pure Fire Midge, Ext. Body PMD's

Some ants have been spotted although there will be substantially more with the first good rainfall and the fish go nuts. Currently it's a midges and annelids game. Great dry fly fishing on midge clusters. Baetis still work in the afternoons with a foam wing being the top roducer. The lower river below Cottonwood has some boatman caddis and PMD’s in the mix.

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:  Stoneflies, Brown Drakes, Caddis, Gray Drakes 

  • Patterns: Twenty Bombs, Golden Tungstones, Pat's Rubberlegs, Drake Bombs, Brown Drakes

Platoro
  • Hatches:    Stoneflies, Brown Drakes, Caddis, Gray Drakes 

  • Patterns:        Twenty Bombs, Golden Tungstones, Pat's Rubberlegs, Drake Bombs, Brown Drakes

The Conejos is high especially with the high release out of Platoro. That makes the fishing the meadows kind impossible.  At flows of 150-400 cfs it fishes well. The Pinnacles are definitely out of the picture. The water is fairly murky and the wading is much tougher on the lower river. Dredging the deeper runs with stone fly nymphs and San Juan worms seems to be the most successful tactic. The big bugs of summer, stoneflies, green drakes, and PMD's are flying around the length of the river but aren’t bringing up fish in these higher flows. The tribs are also high and not fishing well

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