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Taos New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

September 25, 2017

THERE WAS SNOW ON THE LATIRS AND THE CULEBRAS ON SATURDAY MORNING. FALL FISHING HAS COMMENCED. THE MONTH OF OCTOBER LOOKS GREAT. THE TAILWATERS ARE WINDING DOWN IRRIGATION FLOWS AND THE RAINS HAVE SHIFTED TO A MORE SOLID ENTITY.


RED RIVER. 62CFS. GREAT FLOW THIS LATE IN THE SEASON. WE HAD A LOT OF YELLOW WATER COMING OFF THE CLAY DEPOSIT EAST OF RED RIVER [TOWN]. THE BROWNS SHOULD BE GETTING IN THEIR SPAWNING COLORS AND STAGING FOR THEIR TRIP UP THE RED. SIGHT FISHING FOR BIGGER FISH SHOULD BE GOOD. GO SLOW AND USE YOUR EYES. DRY AND DROPPER RIGS AND NYMPHING THE DEEPER RUNS IS ALL YOU NEED. MOTHS AND A BEADHEAD FOR D&D AND #12 DARK HARE'S EAR AS A SINGLE NYMPH.


RIO GRANDE: 96CFS IN CERRO AND 252CFS IN PILAR. I LOOKED OVER THE EDGE OF THE GORGE IN THE WILD RIVERS ON 9/24 AND IT LOOKED GREAT. I COULD ALMOST SEE FISH WITH MY BINOCS IN SOME OF THE DEEPER RUNS. I WILL BE DOWN THERE SOON. D&D IN POCKET WATER WITH OCTOBER CADDIS AND POUNDMEISTERS.


CIMARRON: 31CFS FROM THE DAM. NICE FLOW FINALLY AND FISHING IS BETTER NOW THAN IT HAS BEEN MOST OF THE SUMMER WITH THE CRIMINAL LOW FLOWS. COOLER TEMPS ALSO HELP. MOTHS AND A DROPPER [PT's] AND PARA-ADAMS#16 FOR FUSSY RISERS. BROWNS ARE MOVING. I CAN REMEMBER A 20"+ FISH WE GOT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AT THIS FLOW IN THE QUALITY WATER.


COSTILLA: 48CFS FROM THE DAM AND 67CFS IN AMALIA. WE HAVE HAD A GREAT YEAR ON THE COSTILLA. THE CUTTHROAT PROJECT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THE COMING YEAR [2018] BUT THEY [NM G&F, TU AND THE USFS] ARE GOING TO DO STREAM IMPROVEMENTS THIS FALL AFTER THE CLOSING OF THE DAM. FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE THE COSTILLA FOR THE LAST TIME IN ITS ORIGINAL STATE NEED TO GET UP THERE THIS WEEK. HPEFULLY THEY WILL DO A GOOD JOB AND NOT JUST CREATE A BUNCH OF BAIT HOLES FOR HACK FISHERMEN. WE FISHED DRY FLY ONLY ON THE COSTILLA THIS YEAR AND A PARA ADAMS # 16 WAS THE ONLY FLY NECESSARY. ANY PLACE THE WATER SLOWS DOWN AND DEEP SLOW BANKS. NICER CUTTS THAN I HAVE SEEN HERE IN A WHILE. MORE REGULAR FLOWS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IMPROVED FISHING AND HEALTH OF THE FISH AND I HOPE THE POWERS THAT CONTROL THE FLOWS KEEP THAT IN MIND.


 


CULEBRA: 3CFS FROM SANCHEZ AND 27CFS IN TOWN. WINTER FLOW. SANCHEZ IS FULLER THAN I HAVE SEEN IT IN A FEW YEARS AND SUMMER FLOWS WERE UP AND FISHING GOOD. WINTER FLOWS KEEP THE FISH IN THEIR SAFE ZONES AND THEY WILL BE WARY. GO SLOW AND WATCH FOR RISERS AFTER NOON. TRICOS AND BAETIS HATCHES ARE THE MAIN COURSE BUT SMALL MAYFLY OR CADDIS NYMPHS WILL WORK.


 


CONEJOS: 75CFS FROM PLATORO AND 206CFS IN MOGOTE. THE LOWER RIVER SHOULD BE GETTING BETTER AS TEMPS FALL. BROWNS IN THE SHALLOWS GETTING THEIR LAST MEAL BEFORE SPAWNING AND CUTTS IN THE DEEPER RUNS. NYMPHS: PEACOCK STONE OR RODMAN STONE WITH A SMALLER BAETIS TYPE NYMPH BELOW. DRIES: PARA-ADAMS #16 FOR FUSSY FISH AND MOTHS FOR D&D RIGS


 


CHAMA: ABIQUIU.5450CFS TOO HIGH


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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