Stream Report

Updated September 10, 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: Some Blue-winged Olives, Terrestrials

  • Patterns: Grasshoppers, Ants, Purple Haze, HDA Favorites, Baetis Bombs

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The river has been fishing well until this week when the hot weather and water we've had over the summer. Fish dry-droppers with a buoyant hopper up top and a trailing baetis nymph. Please respect the landowners and stay out of any private property along the river.  

 

The Pecos National Historical Park's summer season ended August 2nd. The fall fishing dates are September 9 to November 15. 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: Terrestrials

  • Patterns: Chubby Chernobyl's, Kingfisher Hoppers, 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 low and clear. Fishing is best on the Sargent WMA over the lower river. Dry droppers best in the mornings.  

Near Heron: The upper river is getting warmer with irrigation return. Better fishing below Heron with the outflow, but expect murkier water. Lot's of carp in this section mixed in with the 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 is at a very wadeable level, however it is murky. This place will not fish well until the cooler months of fall. 

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:​ Some Blue-winged olives, Terrestrials  

  • Patterns:  Crane Bombs, Warden's Worries, Searchers, HDA Fave Variants, CDC Pheasant Tails 

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The Rio is low and warm. Most of the commercial rafting is done at Pilar. Despite that, there are still a lot of people playing in the river. Go early for the best fishing. 

Jemez Mountain Streams
  • Hatches:​ Terrestrials

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

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The Jemez streams as a whole are fishing well. Fishing is slow during the hottest part of the day. 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
Platoro
  • Hatches: terrestrials, some blue winged-olives  

  • Patterns: More or Less Hoppers, Chubby Chernobyl's, , Frenchies, micro mayfly

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  • Hatches: midges and blue-winged olives

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

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The water is very low and clear. The fishing  is noticeably slower in the afternoons on the lower river. Better fishing up high and on the tribs. 

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