Stream Report

Updated October 15, 2022
The Pecos Watershed reopened Labor Day Weekend. Many backcountry trails will remain closed. 
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Pecos River
  • Most of the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest is open. Some areas will still be closed with flooding concerns from the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. Pecos Canyon State Park has reopened much of the park except areas below the Rio Mora. 

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The never-ending monsoon storms are still bringing a lot ash debris out of the Mora. There is clearer water upstream around Cowles. The river is fishing well between storms and exceeding our expectations, given the ash debris that was flowing in the river for months this summer. 

The Pecos National Historical Park's fall fishing season started September 8th and runs through November !4th. See the Park's website at http://www.nps.gov/peco/planyourvisit/fishing.htm for more info.

Chama River
Village of Chama
  • Hatches: some hoppers, Blue-winged Olives

  • Patterns: Micromays, Perdichingons, Twenty Inchers, 

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Below El Vado

  • Hatches: baetis

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

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

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Below Abiquiu
  • Hatches: blue-winged olives

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

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Village of Chama: The upper Chama hasn't received a ton of rain. Hopefully the rain expected will not change that. Do expect some cold mornings here. Freezing temps overnight makes for a slow morning. Perfect dry dropper water in terms of flow and depth. Not much action on the surface however. Mornings are cool. Fish will wake up once sun hits the water.    

Near Heron: The fishing here has been fairly good here. It's best mid-day as mornings are starting to fish slow with the cold overnight temps. The "stairs" at Heron Lake State Park off of NM Highway 95 is still closed. The Rio Chama Wildlife Area is open. The Heron outflow is very murky so is you go stay above that.   

Below El Vado:  The  release out of El Vado is all over the place with ongoing repair work to the dam. High weekend releases have ended but look at stream flows before you go. Expect the river to be murky so use flies that have some flash and a little color.  

Below Abiquiu:  The release has been steadily coming down. The river out of the dam is still quite murky. Give it a couple of weeks more for them to change to penstocks that will bring about clearer water. 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:​ some hoppers, 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 last week. the river is coming down d clearing. At Pilar, use bigger bugs to counter the lack of clarity.  A hopper/dropper rig with a long dropper is the best setup for fishing near the bank where the water is a little clearer.

 

The Cimarron below Eagle Nest Dam is open. Dam release is way down. This might be the release we will see all winter here. If you go, fish the downstream end of the park. Eagle Nest Lake is also open. Pike fishing there is starting to pick up. 

 

The Carson National Forest has reopened the Rio Santa Barbara. Trampas Lake, Pot Creek. The Rio Pueblo near Penasco  is now open for day use.

Jemez Mountain Streams
  • Most of the Jemez Ranger District has reopened on Friday with exceptions. 

  • Hatches:​ hoppers, Blue-winged Olives

  • Patterns: Queen Prince, HDA Favorites, Baetis Bombs

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The Jemez Mountain streams as whole are fishing well mid-day. Morings are slower with colder temps affecting the fishing. Water levels are more suitable to a dry dropper set up. Expect more fish on the dropper   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: blue-winged olives, midges

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

It's blue-winged olive time on the San Juan! The release out of the dam has been somewhat  steady for quite a while now. 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 blue-winged olives 

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

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  • Hatches: hoppers, some blue-winged olives

  • 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 holding at a steady 80 cfs. This will not last long as the release ususually goes down to 8 cfs. The upper river is getting a lot of leaf litter in the water making the fishing a bit more difficult. Better fishing and warmer water can be found down river. Not much flying anywhere on the river except for a handful of blue winged-olives on a cloudy afternoon. The lower river is at a great level for late season nymphing 

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