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Taos New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

April 20, 2019

RUNOFF LOOKS TO BE ON IN EARNEST ON THE RIO GRANDE. IT HAS ALMOST DOUBLE IN CFS IN THE PAST FEW DAYS. YOU CAN STILL GET FISH ON THE EDGES LATE IN THE DAY. COOLER WEATHER NEXT WEEK MAY BRING FLOWS DOWN AND EXTEND THE HATCH ON THE RIO BUT THERE IS A LOT OF SNOW IN THE HIGH COUNTRY. TAILWATERS ARE WHERE TO FISH WHILE THE FREESTONES ROAR.


 


CIMARRON: 6CFS FROM THE DAM AND 26CFS ON THE LOWER RIVER. NICE FLOW AND A GOOD PLACE TO BE DURING RUNOFF. SOME BUGS HAVE BEEN POPPING, BAETIS MOSTLY SO A D&D RIG WITH A PHEASANT TAIL ON THE DROP SHOULD PRODUCE. THEY HAVE BEEN STOCKING SO THE BROWNS WILL BE A TOUGHER CATCH. 


COSTILLA: 83CFS IN AMALIA.  CLARITY IS THE ISSUE AND SOME BETTER FISH SHOULD BE OUT AND ABOUT AS LONG AS THEY CAN SEE THE FLY. WE FISHED AT COTTONWOOD MEADOWS AND A SECTION HIGHER UP NEAR THE RCCLA ON 4/ 14 WITH CLEAR FLOW OF 30CFS. FISH WERE A BIT MORE RESPONSIVE THAN THE WEEK BEFORE AND I THINK WATER TEMPS ARE GETTING BETTER. WE DIDN'T SEE ANY SMALL FISH AS I WOULD EXPECT BUT MORE OF THE 12"+ CUTTS AND BOWS. NO DRY FLY ACTION BUT D&D WORKED WELL. OLIVE HARE'S EAR #14.


RIO GRANDE: 474CFS IN CERRO AND 699CFS IN PILAR. FLOWS ARE STAINED UP PRETTY GOOD IN THE MID AND LOWER BOX AND MOST ACTION WILL BE ON THE EDGES LATER IN THE DAY. NEXT WEEK PROMISES SOME COOLER, CLOUDY WEATHER AND FLOWS MAY DROP AND CLEAR A BIT. BEST ACTION ON SUNNY DAYS IS LATER IN THE DAY WHEN THE SUN LEAVES THE WATER. THATS WHEN YOU CAN SIGHT FISH TO RISING FISH. WE PEEKED OVER THE EDGE IN THE WILD RIVERS ON 4/16 AND IT LOOKED VERY FISHABLE ABOVE THE RED. CLOUDY DAY LIKE TODAY THEY MIGHT GET ACTIVE EARLIER. MIGHT TRY JOHN DUNN...


RED RIVER: 84CFS IN THE CANYON. COOL WEATHER HAS BEEN YO-YOING THE FLOW AND IT HAS CLEARED ENOUGH FOR ME TO COMPLETE MY EASTER DUTY. AS AN OLD ALTAR BOY I FISH THE RED EVERY HOLY WEEK DESPITE LESS THAN STELLAR CONDITIONS. FISHING WAS SLOW AND VIZ ONLY 12" BUT I DID HOOK A NICE CUTBO AND A FEW SMALLER BROWNS ON NYMPHS. MAIN RUNOFF CAN'T BE FAR OFF AND THEN IT WILL BE DIRTY FOR A WHILE. I CAN REMEMBER WHEN THIS WAS SAND BAG TIME IN Q-TOWN


CULEBRA: 11 CFS. CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY FLOWS AREN'T RISING HERE. FISHED HERE ON 4/7  AND WE GOT A FEW NICE FISH ON SMALL BAETIS EMERGERS IN THE AFTERNOON. FISH VERY SPOOKY AT THIS LOW FLOW. SHOULD RISE SOON.


EMBUDO: 144CFS. TOO HIGH AND TOO EARLY. FLOWS ON THE EMBUDO ARE COLDER AS THEY COME OFF THE NORTH SIDE OF THE PECOS WILDERNESS. I'VE NEVER DONE WELL HERE BEFORE MAY SO ITS ON THE WAIT AND SEE LIST. REVISIT IN JUNE


CONEJOS: 50CFS FROM THE DAM AND 577  IN MOGOTE. THE FLY WATER SHOULD BE OK WHILE THE CLARITY IS GOOD. STONEFLY NYMPHS, BAETIS AND CADDIS. 


CHAMA: ABIQUIU. 1390CFS. TOO HIGH


 


 

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