Stream Report

Updated August 12, 2022
We got rain! Too much rain in some places. Jemez
Mountain streams remain the least affected by recent storms. Now grab a rain jacket and go fishing!

 Call the flyshop for the latest.

 
Pecos River
  • The Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is still closed with flooding concerns from the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. This unfortunately includes the Pecos River and it's tributaries including Cow Creek. Pecos Canyon State Park is also closed. Look elsewhere to fish.

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The summer monsoon storms did bring a lot ash debris out of the Mora and upper Pecos. We'll have to wait and see what the impacts are. All public accesses off of NM 63  along the Pecos are still closed. Panchuela, Holy Ghost and Cow Creek are affected by the closure as well. You can access the high lakes in the Pecos Wilderness like Lake Katherine and spirit Lake from the west side at the Santa Fe Ski Area.

The Pecos National Historical Park's opening of the summer season is on hold due to current closures upstream. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info.

Chama River
Village of Chama
  • Hatches: caddis, PMD's, some Blue-winged Olives

  • Patterns: Micromays, Perdichingons, Twenty Inchers, 

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Below El Vado

  • Hatches: caddis, some baetis

  • Patterns: Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Twenty Bombs, Sculpzillas, Searchers
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Above Heron
  • Hatches: stoneflies, some Blue-winged Olives

  • Patterns: Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas, Stone Bombs, HDA Fave Variants

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Below Abiquiu
  • Hatches: tricos, some Blue-winged olives

  • Patterns: Crane Bombs, Mop Flies, Sculpzillas, Zebra Midges, Searchers

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Village of Chama: The upper Chama can get murky coming out of Colorado. This definitely affects the fishing in the Sargent Wildlife area. As the rains diminish the fishing gets better here. I did upgrade the conditions.   

Near Heron: The fishing here has returned with better water conditions. It all depends on rainfall and more is expected throughout the week. The Rio Chama Wildlife Area is open. The Heron outflow is very murky so is you go stay above that.   

Below El Vado:  Cooper's Ranch is open! The  release out of El Vado is all over the place with ongoing repair work to the dam. High weekend releases are in effect. Best fishing and wading is on weekdays. Expect the river to be murky so use flies that have some flash and a little color.  

Below Abiquiu:  The release is all over the place here also and the river is muddy. I haven't had any recent reports of people catching fish here. 

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 Grande, Taos Area Waters
  • Hatches:​ Tricos, Caddis, some Blue-winged olives 

  • Patterns:  Crane Bombs, Warden's Worries, Searchers, HDA Fave Variants, Beatis Bombs, Zebra Midges 

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The Rio Grande within the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, Wild And Scenic section and Orilla Verde is open. The Rio did come up with heavy rains on the tribs and it is muddy. If you go, the best fishing is in the upper gorge above the Red River. At Pilar, use bigger bugs to counter the lack of clarity.  A hopper/dropper rig with a long dropper is the best overall setup and fishing near the bank where the water is a little clearer.

 

The Cimarron below Eagle Nest Dam is open. Dam release will go down as irrigators may not need as much water with any rainfall. Currently it's at a decent level and fishing is good. Fishing will be tougher with the low water and skittish fish.  Eagle Nest Lake is also open.

 

The Carson National Forest has reopened the Rio Santa Barbara provided you go upriver of the campground. Trampas Lake has also reopened. Pot Creek, and the Little Rio Grande and the Rio Pueblo near Penasco remains closed ,

Jemez Mountain Streams
  • Most of the Jemez Ranger District has reopened on Friday June 24th. 

  • Hatches:​ lingering caddis, hoppers, some Blue-winged Olives

  • Patterns: Queen Prince, HDA Favorites, Baetis Bombs

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The Santa Fe National Forest lands have reopened most areas except those affected by the Cerro Pelado Fire. Everything along the south side of NM Highway 4 is closed. That includes Jemez Falls, and Battleship Rock. Open area are the Rio Guadalupe, Rio Cebolla, Rio San Antonio, San Gregorio, San Pedro Parks, Fenton Lake State Park, and  the Valles Caldera. For more information  on fishing 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: midges, some blue-winged olives

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

The San Juan is one of the few places that are open. The release out of the dam will go up with declining flows on the Animas. If it rains upriver of Durango, expect the release out of Navajo to go down. Typically it's midges in the late mornings and evenings until the blue-winged olives get out of bed around noon. Please support the local Navajo Dam shops if you need stuff. They have had a tough time with COVID.  

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: some stoneflies, some drakes, caddis, and PMD's 

  • Patterns: Pat's rubberlegs, Frenchies, micromays, HDA Fave Variants, caddis dries

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  • Hatches: Caddis, stoneflies, drakes, and PMD's

  • Patterns: micromays, red annelids, Zebra midges, uv midge emerger, PMD's, green drakes, caddis dries

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The release out of Platoro is down but could change. Not much flying anywhere on the river except for a few green drakes closer to Platoro. The lower river has cleared up from last week's rains. The entire river is fishing well. 

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