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Taos New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

August 13, 2019

I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MUCH WATER IN AUGUST IN MANY YEARS. THE RIO G IS STILL OVER 1000CFS. THE FISH LOVE IT AND ALL OUR ENCOUNTERS ARE WITH HEALTHY AND ROBUST FISH, WELL FED AND LOTS OF TOP WATER ACTION. I HAVE EVEN TAKEN TO LEAVING MY NYMPH BOX AT HOME. DRIES AND STREAMERS RULE.


 


CIMARRON: 14CFS FROM THE DAMAND 27CFS BELOW. DOG DAYS OF AUGUST ON THE CIMARRON. PROBABLY NEED A DROPPER HERE WITH THE PRESSURE AND EASY ACCESS. FLOATER WITH A BEADHEAD ABOUT 16" BELOW A GOOD PLACE TO START. PARA ADAMS #14-16 A GOOD FLY TO GO SOLO WITH.


COSTILLA: 44CFS FROM THE DAM AND 60CFS IN AMALIA. LOWER FLOW MAKES THE FISH MORE ACCESSIBLE. ALSO MORE WARY. WE HAVE BEEN FISHING DRIES EXCLUSIVELY HERE ALL SEASON. THE POWERS THAT CONTROL THE WATER HAVE BEEN KEEPING FLOWS RELATIVELY STABLE AS OPPOSED TO THE OLD DAYS WHEN THEY JACKED THE FLOWS DURING THE WEEK AND LOWERED THEM TO ALMOST NADA ON THE WEEKENDS. FISH LIKE STABILITY. THERE ARE LESS FISH HERE WITH THE NEW STRUCTURES BUT AVERAGE SIZE IS UP. ANTS, DRAKES, HOPPERS AND THE KING OF ALL DRIES THE PARA-ADAMS#16.


RIO GRANDE: 1200CFS IN CERRO AND 1420CFS IN PILAR. CALL CISCO AT LOS RIOS RIVER RUNNERS AND TAKE A RAFT TRIP


RED RIVER: 92CFS IN THE CANYON. STILL TOO HIGH FOR ME BUT GETTING THERE. HIGH WATER OBLITERATES A LOT OF THE NICER POCKETS THAT HOLD THE BETTER FISH. 


CULEBRA: 39CFS FROM THE DAM AND 52CFS IN TOWN. RAIN AND VARIED FLOWS HAVE MADE FOR UNCERTAIN CONDITIONS. HAVE SOME SJ WORMS AND STREAMERS FOR HIGHER DIRTIER FLOWS AND SOME SMALL DRIES FOR THE OCCASIONAL SRY FLY POCKET WITH RISING FISH.


EMBUDO: 31CFS. DRY FLY FLOW BUT TOO LOW FOR ME. 


CONEJOS: 355CFS FROM PLATORO AND 517CFS IN MOGOTE. JULY SAW SOME OF THE BEST DRY FLY FISHING FOR BIG FISH WE HAVE SEEN IN YEARS. THE DRAKES AND STONES WERE PLENTIFUL AND THE FISH EAGER. ON AUGUST 1 WE FISHED THE FLY ALONG HIWAY 17 AND DID WELL WITH DRAKE PATTERNS AND PARA-ADAMS #12. BY MID AUGUST THE BUGS WERE FEWER AND RISERS TOO. STILL SOME TOP WATER ACTION WITH DRAKES AND PARA-ADAMS#12-16. NYMPHS ARE A PAIN IN THE ASS SO IT EITHER DRIES OR STREAMERS. 


CHAMA: ABIQUIU: 242CFS FROM THE DAM. GOOD FLOW IF IT IS CLEAR ENOUGH. POUNDMEISTERS, CADDIS LARVA OR STREAMERS. NOT A GOOD DRY FLY SPOT.


 


 

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