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Taos New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide

July 3, 2020

MUCH NEEDED MONSOONS ARE LATE AND THE FIRE DANGER IS HIGH. RUNOFF HAS FINISHED AND FLOWS ARE DOABLE ON MOST STREAMS WITH AFEW BEING TOO LOW ALREADY. EVEN WITH THE COVID THERE IS A LOT OF PRESSURE ON AREA STREAMS AS IT IS A "SAFE" OUTDOOR ACTIVITY.


 


COSTILLA: 64CFS FROM THE DAM AND 58CFS IN AMALIA. THEY OPENED THE DAM ON MAY 15 AND THEY HAVE KEPT THE FLOW PRETTY STEADY BETWEEN 50-70CFS. FISH LIKE A STEADY FLOW AND FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS THE POWERS THAT BE ARE DOING A GOOD JOB OF KEEPING IT STEADY. LOTS OF TRAFFIC ON OPENING DAY [7/1] SO I WOULD SKIP  THE BIG WEEKEND. IF YOU MUST TRY GETTING ON THE WATER AT 4PM AND FISHING THE LATE SHOW.. MOST GUIDES AND OTHER ANGLERS ARE GONE BY THEN AND THE RHYTHM OF THE STREAM RETURNS TO NORMAL. I USUALLY FISH ONLY DRIES HERE UNTIL LATER IN THE SEASON TO GET THOSE GOOD DRIFTS CLOSE TO THE BANK. SMALL HOPPERS. ANTS AND STIMMIES ARE ALL YOU NEED.


RED RIVER: 63CFS IN THE CANYON. GOOD FLOW. PLENTY HOT IN THE CANYON SO TAKE LOTS OF WATER. DRY AND DROPPER FOR NUMBERS BUT FISHING DRIES SOLO WORKS FINE. THIS IS A POCKET WATER STREAM AND THIS FLOW HAS EXPOSED A LOT OF GOOD SPOTS FOR FISH TO LIVE. STONES, CADDIS, HOPPERS W/ OR WITHOUT DROPPER [BEADHEAD CADDIS EMERGER.


RIO GRANDE: 97CFS IN CERRO AND 225CFS IN PILAR. HOT DOWN HERE TOO. CLARITY IS THE ISSUE AS WELL AS WATER TEMPS. TOO FINICKY FOR ME AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR BUT IT SEEMS THAT EARLY OR LATE IS YOUR BEST BET. CADDIS DRIES OR HOPPER DROPPER.


CULEBRA: 63CFS. NICE FLOW BUT DIRTY COMING OUT OF SANCHEZ.. NYMPHS AND STREAMERS SHOULD BE IN YOUR BOX. SJ WORMS AND CRANE FLY LARVA WITH AN INDICATOR. 


CHAMA: ABIQUIU. 769CFS FROM THE DAM AT ABIQUIU.. TOO HIGH FOR MOST....


CIMARRON: 64CFS FROM THE DAM . HIGH FLOW BUT CLEAR.. CADDIS DRIES, PARA-ADAMS OR A HOPPER DROPPER RIG.


EMBUDO: 4CFS IN DIXON. LOOKS LIKE ITS OVER ON THE EMBUDO UNTIL WE GET SOME RAIN. 


CONEJOS: 94CFS FROM THE DAM AND 152CFS IN MOGOTE. VERY LOW FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. WE HAD SOME GOOD DAYS AT 250CFS IN THE MOGOTE AREA SEARCHING FOR THE ELUSIVE GREEN DRAKE HATCH BUT IT IS GETTING TOUGHER ON THE LOWER RIVER. BETTER BET IS TO GO UP THE DIRT ROAD AND FISH THE PINNACLES OR THE MEADOWS BELOW PLATORO. ALWAYS HAVE A FEW GREEN DRAKES #12 IN CASE YOU FIND A HATCH OF THESE BUGS. THE FISH LOVE THEM BUT THE HATCH USUALLY LASTS ONLY AN HOUR OR SO BE READY.


 


 


 


 


 


 

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