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Stream Report

Updated April 25, 2024
Our fishing is changing daily with snowmelt on most of our streams already. Check flows before you head out! Think outside the box; places like Santa Cruz or Fenton lakes for trout, Abiquiu and Cochiti for smallmouth, or the Cimarron below Eagle Nest lake.
 
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Pecos River
  • Hatches: none

  • Patterns: Twenty inchers, HDA Fave Variants, Stone Bombs, Micromays, Frenchies, Tung Sunkists, egg patterns 

  • Pecos Historical Park opens to fishing on june 6th.

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The river is high and murky. It's too high for most fly fishers. But just like practicing your cast on a windy day, you can make use of your time and figure out the high water game. Bigger pools, heavy nymph rigs, or better yet Euro nymphing. Streamers trick fish by moving indicating life rather than another piece of debris in the current. These tactics are valuable on a lot of other water as well. The Mora is also high and murky. Having said that, one of our guides did okay today on public water on Cow Creek. Thinking outside of the box...... 

The Pecos National Historical Park's spring fishing season is over. The summer season will start June 6th. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info on the fishing seasons.

Pecos River
Chama River
Village of Chama
  • Hatches: none

  • Patterns:  

Above Heron
  • Hatches: not much except sporadic midge and blue-winged olives

  • Patterns: Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas, Zebra Midges, perdigons, Ice Queens

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Below El Vado

  • Hatches: none

  • Patterns: Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas, Thin Mints, Drunk and Disorderlies
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Below Abiquiu
  • Hatches: not much except sporadic midge and blue-winged olives

  • Patterns: Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Zebra Midges, perdigons, bwo emergers

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Village of Chama:   The upper Chama in the Sargent Wild Life Area is very cold and getting high with snowmelt. Consider elsewhere.

Near Heron: The river here is becoming bigger by the day and is bigger than any other water in the state. Fish elsewhere. It's a watershed that gets a lot of snow and runoff lasts well into June.    

Below El Vado:  The release has increased to 1430 cfs. It's a pretty canyon to float at these levels if you have the skills, but you will not find a fishable clarity or any easy wading until the release goes below 600. 

Below Abiquiu:  Increase in release, a low lake level, and muddy inflow following the thalweg to the outflow  are contributing to the murky water here. Look elsewhere to wet a line  

The Chama River above El Vado Reservoir in the Rio Chama Wildlife Area, 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 Chama
Rio Grande, Taos Area Waters
  • Hatches:​ midges 

  • Patterns for the Rio: Crane Bombs, Warden's Worries, HDA Fave Variants, Blow Torchs, Pink Tags, Pike flies, Meat Whistles, Dunk and Disorderlies. 

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The Rio Grande is murky, but one of the more fair rated fishing spots right now with every where else being much high and dirtier water. Euro rigs or nymph rigs with cranefly larvae and egg patterns or a San Juan worm has been one of the best combos. Streamers like sculpzillas are also producing early and late in the day. The pike bite is slowing a bit. Big streamers with a wire or a shock tippet will keep you attached to the toothy critters, The surrounding mountain streams are fishing slow. The Pueblo de Taos, the Santa Barbara,  and the the Rio del Pueblo are all high with runoff. The Cimarron below Eagle Nest is dam controlled and a decent flow right now. The water is a little murky, but it's the best moving water fly fishing within a few hours of Santa Fe.  

 

Rio Grande River
Jemez Mountain Streams
  • Hatches:​ none

  • Patterns: tung salvations, queen prince, twenty inchers, HDA Favorites, Frenchies, 

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The Jemez Mountain streams are all in full runoff. Water is high and murky. Snowmelt ends here before the Sangre de Cristos, so stay tuned. Fenton Lake has been fair and the lake does hold back come of the dirty inflow.  

 The Valles Caldera is closed to fishing until May 18th.  For more information on fishing Valles Caldera, please see their website for info at  http://www.vallescaldera.gov/comevisit/fish/index.aspx. Reservations are made through Recreaton.Gov.

The Fishing Program on the Valles Caldera National Preserve is now under National Park Service rules. Please see the Preserve's website for more details. 

Valles Caldera
San Juan River

The San Juan is at 357 cfs. 

 

Hatches: blue-winged olives, midges

Patterns: red annelids, San Juan worms, zebra midges, egg patterns

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The San Juan will always be the best place to fish during runoff. Some really nice fish have been posted on social media about recent catches. It's a midge game in the mornings and baetis in the afternoons, but don't neglect throwing some streamers for the meat-eaters. . 

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!

San Juan River
Conejos River
Mogote
Platoro
  • Hatches: none 

  • Patterns: Pat's rubberlegs, Frenchies, micromays, HDA Fave Variants, Zebra midges 

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  • Hatches: None 

  • Patterns: midge larvae, red annelids, 

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The release out of Platoro is up and at a good level if you like early season nymphing. San Juan worms, stonefly nymphs, and green drake nymphs are the choices. The main stem near Mogote is showing more signs of snowmelt every day but still at a good clarity and fishable in the deeper pockets and pools.  typical for this time of year. Much of the river is fishable and has decent clarity. Best mid-day with a double nymph rig as the fish are in their deeper lies. 

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