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Taos New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

May 8, 2018

OUR DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUE. SOME MOISTURE BUT STILL THE DRIEST WINTER I CAN REMEMBER. THE RESEVOIRS ARE IN GOOD SHAPE AND THE IRRIGATORS WILL NEED A LOT OF WATER THIS YEAR SO THE BEST FISHING SHOULD BE EARLY AND HOPE FOR A GOOD MONSOON SEASON. THE OTTER CONTROVERSY CONTINUES AND WE HAVE SEEN LOTS OF OTTER SIGN IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BY UTE MOUNTAIN AND THRUOUT THE GORGE. SCAT PILES HAVE SHOWN THEY SEEM TO BE EATING MOSTLY CRAWFISH. 


RED RIVER. 42CFS THE RIVER LOOKS GREAT AND THERE ARE FISH. THEY ARE JUST NOT AS BIG AS IN PAST YEARS BUT THEY ARE GROWING. THE OTTERS HAVE BEEN CONVICTED AND ARE DOING HARD TIME AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION. DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT AN ALIBI. BARRING ANOTHER MONSOON EVENT LIKE THE ONE WE HAD LAST SEPTEMBER THE RED SHOULD BE FINE BY LATE SUMMER/FALL. THE LACK OF SPAWNERS IS STILL A MYSTERY BUT I'LL WAIT BEFORE I HIT THE PANIC BUTTON.


RIO GRANDE: 105CFS IN CERRO AND 229CFS IN PILAR. PERFECT FLOW AND CLARITY. GOOD ACTION WITH CADDIS PATTERNS BOTH DRY AND WET. WE FISHED FOR PIKE AND CARP ABOVE LOBATOS BRIDGE ON 5/4 AND LANDED 4 PIKE [32" THE BEST] AND A 25LB CARP THAT ALMOST BROKE MY 6WT TRYING TO LAND. BEST TROUT FISHING HAS BEEN LATER IN THE DAY WITH SOME RISERS AFTER THE SUN LEAVES THE WATER. 


CIMARRON: 31CFS FROM THE DAM AND 24CFS IN UTE PARK. GOOD FLOW AND CLARITY. THIS FLOW SHOULD GET SOME OF THE LARGER FISH OUT FROM UNDER THE ROCKS AND THEY SHOULD BE GETTING RAVENOUS. A LITTLE EARLY FOR THE STONEFLY HATCH BUT EVERYTHING IS EARLY THIS YEAR SO HAVE A FEW STIMMIES ON HAND. PMDs ARE THE USUAL MAY BUG AND ALSO BAETIS. DROPPERS SHOULD BE CADDIS OR PTs.


COSTILLA: NO RELEASES YET FROM THE DAM [THEY SAY THE DAM WILL OPEN ON 5/15]  WE FISHED IN AMALIA ON 4/1 AND DID VERY WELL ON SMALL MAYFLY NYMPHS FISHED BEHIND A DRY. THE SIZE OF THE FISH WAS IMPRESSIVE [12-16"] THE VALLE VIDAL WILL BE OPEN THIS YEAR WITH WORK COMPLETED ON THE REMOVAL OF THE OLD VEE-DAMS THAT WERE PUT IN IN THE 80'S TO SLOW THE FLOW FOR MORE FISH HABITAT. I'VE SEEN THE WORK AND IT LOOKS GOOD SO THE VALL IS BASICALLY A NEW STREAM. THEY STILL PLAN TO CONTINUE THE CUTTHROAT PROJECT IN 2019 WITH A CLOSURE AFTER KILLING ALL THE FISH NEXT WINTER TO REINTRODUCE GENTICALLY PURE CUTTIES IN THE SPRING OF 2019.


 


CULEBRA: 57CFS FROM THE DAM AND 74CFS BELOW THE ONEs. A TRUE NYMPHING FLOW. A DOUBLE NYMPH RIG WITH A CRANE FLY LARVA TO A SMALLER OLIVE HARES EAR WORKED WELL FOR US ON 5/3. THE FLOW WAS ONLY 30CFS AND WE HAD A FEW FISH RISE TO GOLDEN STONES WHICH ARE STARTING TO APPEAR. WE LANDED SOME NICE BROWNS ON ONE OF THE LOWER BEATS.  


 


CONEJOS: 226CFS FROM PLATORO AND 1060CFS IN MOGOTE. CLARITY IS THE KEY ON THE LOWER RIVER. EDGES CAN PRODUCE WITH STONEFLY NYMPHS. THIS COULD BE A GOOD TIME TO FISH THE CONEJOS AS CLARITY SHOULD BE GOOD DURING THE STONE AND DRAKE HATCHES THAT USUALLY START IN JUNE BUT COULD BE EARLY THIS YEAR.


 


CHAMA: ABIQUIU. 800CFS TOO HIGH


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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