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The Cimarron is currently fishing quite well. I had a lot of success using a fly that I tied with a pink bead head. But, they also ate copper Johns and prince nymphs and a couple rose for a stimulator! The flows have been high for the Cimarron, so make sure you have a longer dropper to get the nymph down to the fish. A beadhead also helped.
I caught a couple good ones out of Eagle Nest Lake as well last week. They also liked the pink bead. It's getting cold, but there was only ice in the coves.
I've seen good posts from others from the Chama River below Abiquiu, as well as the Rio Grande. It looks like a lot of different things are working--egg patterns on the Chama, wooly buggers on the Rio, and nymphs of various kinds on both. Just make sure to get the flies down deep enough to where the fish are feeding. I have found it very useful to use an airlock strike indicator that I can move easily and that doesn't kink the line. Also, a little bit of split shot about a foot above the fly can help.
I'm taking a long awaited trip to the San Juan at the end of the month and I can't wait to give you an update for there.
I also saw that the drains in Albuquerque were stocked. If you're feeling stir crazy, a trip to one of these ditches can be oddly entertaining! I've had a couple really good days, especially on the Bernalillo Drain.
I had a snow day one day earlier than last year! Brrrr. I'm missing summer days and finally making some YouTube videos of my summer trips.
The Cimarron will be good if you want to brave the cold. The fish will be opportunistic and will eat most anything used on a normal old dry-dropper combo.
The Rio Grande is fishing well right now. I haven't been yet, but it looks like many patterns are working. I've seen reports of brown wooly buggers to little green nymphs catching fish. The levels are perfect, so get out there and try it out.
The Jemez waters should still be ok for a little bit longer until it gets to cold, as should the Pecos.
I would like to get down south, but won't get down there any time soon. Look at NM Game and Fish for relevant reports.
I've had some really good trips to Eagle Nest Lake in the last few weeks, but soon it'll be freezing there. The secret for fly fishing this large (for NM) lake is to find a windless day, especially in the evening. The bugs seem to hatch well on windless days and the fish feed heavily then. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to try out ice fishing there this year...I don't know if I'm brave enough.
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Tight lines and warm coats.
Well, crap. It's been nearly two months. It's been a hell of two months, personally. I started a new teaching position. I moved into a new place. I've found friends and love in the middle of nowhere. And, plenty of things have happened that I'm not going to talk about on a fishing report, but I sure have some memoir material on over here.
Pecos is good, but cover a lot of water because it is so over fished. I highly recommend tungsten beads and jig hooks to get down into the water column quickly and also avoid getting snagged. They hit light colored hare ear nymphs when I was there, but I imagine the key is to keep moving and to get nymphs down deep enough.
Cimarron is good and about to be very good with the exodus of tourists. Gravel Pit Lakes are great for those days you feel like cheating and just really need to catch fish.
Hopewell Lake should still be good (it was a month ago and it's stayed warm). Use prince nymphs and wooly buggers and float tubes.
The Chama below El Vado was EPIC about six weeks ago. The only thing, you have to go during the week before flows are increased for rafters. Check and call Cooper's Ranch. The fish hit darker nymphs about three feet below a strike indicator. You didn't even have to move around much. Just chuck in your bobber, mend, and repeat.
The Rio Grande should start to be amazing soon. Watch the fishing report and go give it a try. Nymph fish with weight.
I had a goofy time out at Stubblefield Lake catching a few tiny bass. I suggest that all fly anglers take a trip to try to catch some warm water species for kicks. I also caught my first pike in the last month, but on spin tackle. I got a hit on a fly...but just couldn't leave without catching a fish so I capitulated and borrowed a rod.
I've heard good reports from Lake Maloya. Just fish in evenings and mornings or when there is a break in the wind. Dry-droppers. Or, strip a wooly bugger through the water.
Coyote Creek should be good. Dry-dropper fun all around.
I'll be going out to Jemez this weekend. I hope to relay some information.
-Flyfishing Grrl, back from the dead after the start of the school year.
I'm sure you've been out there too, so I don't feel so bad!
I got to fish the Middle and West forks of the Gila River in late June. The lower elevations were very warm. There were headwater chubs holding in the deeper pools--they were fun to catch! Once I got up to the higher elevations, brown trout started to hit. Unfortunately, no Gila trout for me this trip...
I got out to the Guadalupe a few weeks ago and it was epic. The trick is getting down into the canyon where no one else goes. : ) Have an adventure!
Cimarron Canyon is great, as long as you find a stretch that hasn't been recently fished. Try to get there during the week if possible. Dry-dropper as usual!
Eagle Nest Lake--- The coves in the morning/evening are key. The trout are moving in to feed, and you might even hook into a carp! I'd recommend wearing waders and wading out into the lake a bit--the shore is shallow in the coves so you need to get a little further out. I used a dry-dropper, but make sure your dropper is short enough to avoid getting caught in the algae. I used only about a 1 1/2 foot dropper. They seemed to like pheasant tails, but I didn't try a lot of different things because they hit on that right away.
Hopewell Lake fished well. I caught a superb brookie in there a couple weeks back--I was glad to see there was a big guy in there! Their population seems to have dwindled in the last couple years. Use a dry-dropper, but do about 3-4 feet down to your dropper. Prince nymphs seemed to be a hit! I had a heck of a time setting the hook. They were striking fast.
I haven't been out to the Pecos, but I'm sure it's great. I haven't been out to the Jemez streams in a few weeks, and I'm sure they're great at the higher elevations.
I did a short trip to Leadville, CO, last week. I had some great fishing, but it reminded me just how special NM is! Fewer people. Just as gorgeous. It made me feel blessed to live here.
Check out my photos on Instagram @flyfishinggrrl. I will make some new Youtube videos once the fishing slows down....
Finally got out to the Jemez! Here's a quick update...
1. The Guadalupe is still way too high to fish. I can't wait until it's ready to go!
2. The San Antonio is in great shape. I had a superb afternoon fishing right off the highway.
3. I've heard great reports on the East Fork, but didn't get to it.
4. Fenton was fun! It fished especially well from the middle of the lake. I had fun just using a dry-dropper rig. The kind of nymph really didn't seem to matter to those stockers.
San Gregorio apparently had a winter kill... I'd suggest waiting until stocking to see how it's fishing.
Cimarron was great last week too. They've stocked the heck out of it, so there weren't as many browns as I like, but I could camp out in a spot and catch the same rainbows over and over.
Coyote Creek fished ok! It was my first time there. My advice would be to make sure you are getting a nymph deep enough down--the water was pretty high.
Rio Costilla fished well in the afternoon with dry flies for some cutbows. It was interesting--they were more in the fast water and the deeper pools were not fishing as well. Possibly they are overpressured.
Bonus: look in the little coves at Eagle Nest for carp and give them a try! I caught a great fish this last week.
I'm heading out to the Aldo Leopold Wilderness for a backpacking trip. There won't be much fishing...so catch a few for me!
Check out my Instagram @flyfishinggrrl for some pictures of the action!
Hopewell Lake. I spent my birthday there, and I've realized that this is the place where I fell for fly fishing. The fish fight especially hard and the rainbows are chunky. I caught my first brook trout here and fell in love with their vivid spots and the striking white stripes on their fins. I went with my stepfather when I was still a bit of a beginner a few years back, and for the first time during that trip I felt like I matched him in skill. It was (I think) the first place I float tubed. I caught my biggest brookie here, and I lost my largest rainbow here. I've also been humbled here--I occasionally get skunked and always freeze my ass off when I'm camping (or float tubing...or fishing from the shore...). I haven't made a video of Hopewell yet, and I think the decision is unconscious and some expression of reverence.
Anyway, to the report. The fishing (when it stopped threatening to storm) was good. While it was cloudy the fish hit on pheasant tail nymphs fished about 3 feet below the surface. A couple lure fisherman were tearing it up next to me, and I think trailing a wooly bugger from a float tube would be epic fishing right now, if you catch the water when it's a bit more still.
Then the sun came out. The fish started rising. I lost a big fish that struck at my stimulator (they were not being picky with the dries!). Actually, he tore off my entire rig, and leapt into the air multiple times trying to throw the flies. Anyway, then the catching really started happening and the fish were cruising a bit closer to shore. Every cast within two feet of a rise was rewarded with a strike on the dry or the dropper. I'm excited about the wet winter because the water is fishing a bit more like it did a few years ago.
So, Hopewell is a win. Please keep a couple for your campfire and throw the rest back. The fish are special here.
Hey There Everyone,
The fishing on the Cimarron seems to be slowing a bit... Likely it's from the influx of tourists who have over fished the waters just a little bit. But, less flashy things like pheasant tail and hare's ear nymphs seemed to work a bit better than more colorful patterns. The water level was fairly ideal...but I wasn't getting the strikes I normally do.
I've managed to catch a few big guys in the Gravel Pit "Lakes" the last couple weeks, but the fishing slowed considerably after Memorial Day.
Fawn Lakes are apparently closed due to flooding damaging the small dam there.
I'm on Summer Break now! So, look forward to some updates on other waters as I'm able to make some trips a bit further away from home. Heading to Hopewell Lake tomorrow, and I hope to hook into some brookies! My next goal is to get to the Jemez to see how those waters are doing! After moving from Santa Fe, a day trip out there isn't practical...I've been missing those waters!
Tomorrow is the big 3-0 birthday. Today I'm reflecting on my 20's and how this was the decade I fell in love with fly fishing. I'm feeling blessed to be sitting here with a view of Wheeler Peak from my desk and to have countless small streams to explore up here in Northern NM.
If you have any other reports to share from the rivers in your area of NM, please comment below!
Sorry for the delayed post, everyone! I spent the last week moving and wrapping up some final events for my school year. I haven't been doing too much fishing with this craziness.
Quick report--I did get take a quick trip out to Tingley Beach in Albuquerque while I was in the area. It's definitely getting a bit too warm for the trout. The trout were not biting in the catch and release pond at all... except I did manage to get a bass! Picture below.
Cimarron is a bit high, but it'll fish well if you get your nymph down far enough. Lake Maloya will be fishing well. I've heard good reports from Fenton, and in past years I've had very good luck in late May/early June there before it heats up and the algae takes over. Keep an eye on flows for rivers... I think run-off will be going for a good long while still but when it subsides the fish will be biting.
Anyway, here I am sitting here up in Northern NM, and it's snowing again...
The Cimarron River is a bit lower again and in the slower sections it looks to be very good fishing. I'm going to try to get on there later this week if it's not raining too much. I did talk to a guy from Houston who said it fished well today. Definitely dry-dropper time, and lengthen your dropper if you're not getting strikes. The "Red Chile" catch and release water has some runs that are looking really good.
A friend of mine fished the Cebolla and had some luck. It looks like the Jemez River proper is way too high still, but some of the other streams might be fishable.
Lake Maloya fished pretty well on Friday. The fish struck on a prince nymph a 2-3 feet below the surface sporadically, but got a bit more picky later in the evening. A small (around size 18, I think) parachute adams ended up being the fly! I hope to save you the trouble of trying a bunch of different things.
I'm a teacher, and I'm counting down the days to the summer fishing adventures. So so soon.
Anyway, tight lines!
Hey All! The Cimarron River is now in run-off, with a lot of water coming down from the mountains in the State Park. I imagine with perseverance you could catch some fish with nymphs, but it really would likely be frustrating.
A friend of mine had some luck in the first bit of the Cebolla below Fenton Lake--could be worth a try! All rivers are pretty much blown-out--an inconvenience for now, but a great thing for the health of our rivers and forests. (San Juan is always worth a try--reports haven't been great, though...)
So, it's definitely time to head to some lakes. I took some young students from my school to Eagle Nest Lake and the students caught a few fish even in the middle of the day! Otherwise, head to Lake Maloya, Fenton, or one of the tribal lakes. I called the ranger office about Hopewell, and it's still icy. That's one of my favorite places, and I can't wait until it's fishable.