190 Talisman Dr Suite C-6 Pagosa Springs CO 81147
Fishing Report 7/17/2019

Fishing Report 7/17/2019

Ok here we go the rivers are falling fast and the fishing is really picking up! The High Mountain Lake are fishing well.

San Juan below Navajo Dam: Flows have come down.

The flows are at 819 cfs.

The fishing is really good on the Juan. Nymphing as always and even some dry fly action. Try throwing an ant pattern to fish in the shallows.

You can Czech nymph this river and use bigger flies other than the standard size 20-24. You just need to target the deeper runs!! Also streamer time, when using streamers use 3x and 4x the fish are not leader shy with the water off color.

San Juan in Town Pagosa Springs:

The flow is at 720 cfs. Coming down, clearing and it’s time to fish! We’ve had some good reports.

Fish the edges and slack water. The river is still high and the wading is tuff so take care.

Nymphs: Simi Seal Leeches, Prince Nymphs standard, blue and jigged, Flashback PT’S, Halfbacks beaded and non bead and many of our Special Competition Nymphs are the bill of fare, Rainbow Warriors Smethursts Stone bombs and 20 Bombs, Iron Lotus, Jig Frenchie’s, Straggle Stones, Pat’s Rubber legs.

Dry Flies: If you see rising fish, Stimi’s Para Hares Ears.

East and West Forks of the San Juan, Wolf Creek: 

The East Fork is starting to pick up, The West fork is high but starting to clear up but not many places to fish just yet.. The upper reaches of  Wolf creek are fishing well.

Dry’s: Orange Stmi’s, Para Hares Ears.

Nymph’s: Copper John’s, KGB, Iron Lotus, Bishops Dynamite, Rainbow warriors, Stone Bombs, 20 Bombs and Princes, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Quillidigon in Natural and Pink

Williams Creek: 

 The fishing is really pretty good. Below the Dam is becoming slow as the pressure is taking it’s toll. Please release all fish below the dam!! We have seen a lot of people keeping fish here over their limit!!!, if you want to keep some fish please keep the from the lake!!!!!! Below Williams CC the fish is pretty good. Above Bridge CC is fishing well. Below There is fishing is best in the mornings. There are some good hatches of stones and salmon flies and some caddis starting around 10am.

Nymphs:  Jigged Princes, Frenchies, Quillidigon in Natural and Pink, Surveyors, 20 Bombs and 20 inchers, Straggle Stones, Iron Lotus, Dave’s Black Pt, Brillon’s Lucent H.E. Jig on the swing all colors, Pats Rubber Legs.

Dry Flies: Stimis in orange, Para Cricket, Bugmeister, Swishers PMX, Para Hares Ear.

Above The Lake: Falling

The wading is still difficult but the flows have fallen and is getting better everyday. The fish are really spread out here but you will need to hit every little spot you think may hold fish. Above Palisade Horse camp the fishing is still tough with these flows, Best to hike to the mouth of the lake and work you way up from there. Fishing below Cimaroma CC is picking up.

Nymphs: Jig and Standard princes, Hares Ears, Rainbow Warriors, Stone Bombs, Brillon’s Lucent H.E. Jig on the swing all colors on the swing, Pats Rubber legs.

Dry’s: Stimis, Swishers PMX, Para Hares ears.

Williams Creek Reservoir: Good

The fishing is really good. Best spots are down by the dam and around the other side of the lake. And from the parking lot all the way to the boat ramp. Best way to rig up is have a Simi Seal Leach or Wooly Bugger trailed with a Pheasant tail or an Iron Lotus.

Flies: Semi Seal Leaches all colors. Wooly Buggers. If the wind picks up Frenchies, Princes, Hares ears floated under an indicator, Para Hares Ears.

Piedra River: Go the fishing is good.

 The Flow at Arboles 408 cfs.

The Upper Piedra is fishing well the river is pretty clear off Piedra Road. The hike down to below the confluence of Williams Creek is worth it! The upper reaches are clear on the middle fork, but the wading is still a little difficult in spots. The lower river off 1st Fork road is really picking up if you willing to hike some. There are hatches of stones and salmon flies.

Nymphs: Jigged and Standard Pt’s, Hares Ears, Princes Standard and blue and Jigged, Stonebombs, 20 Bombs, Pats Rubber Legs, Quillidigon in Natural and Pink.

Dry Flies Dry: Hoppers, Stimis, Para Cricket, Para Hares Ears.

Turkey Creek:

The fishing has started to become good. Some good dry fly action is happening here.

Flies: Caddis, Stimi’s and Para Cricket.

 Animas River, Durango:

Flow 2840 cfs

Starting to clear

Best Flies:  Stone fly patterns, Pheasant tails, Pt Spectra 94, Pettitosso on the Swing, Collaretto, Tricolor, Caddis and many of our Competition Flies,Some Caddis

Rio Chama, New Mexico: Very Good well worth the drive.

Flow 103 CFS: above town, Below El Vado 309 CFS

The Chama has come down and the fishing is really good. Good pace to go if you are just looking to fish Drys.


Best flies Nymphs: Stonefly Nymphs, Prince Nymphs

Best Flies Dry: Stimi’s, Caddis

Pass and Park Creeks:, Pass and Park Creek Creek has willows along the banks but well worth the bushwhacking and is about the size of Turkey Creek.

Pass Creek and Park creek are fishing well

Dry’s: Swichers PMX, Caddis,hoppers

Nymph’s: Small PT’s and Hares ears, Quillidigon in Natural and Pink

South Fork of The Rio Grande: Fishing great! And still one of the best places to go.

Flow is at 329 cfs at South fork.

The fishing is really good below Big Meadows. The lake is fishing well. Still one of the better places to go!

Dry Flies: Stimi’s, Para Hares Ears, Caddis

Nymph’s: Princes,Rainbow warriors, Stonebombs,Brillon’s Lucent H.E. Jig on the swing all colors.

Rio Grande, Colorado: Fishing is good

The flows at Wagon Wheel Gap 2140 CFS.

The flows are finally coming down with that said Streamers and Wooly Bugger should work as well as nymphing with Stonefly patterns. The time to fish the Rio is upon us, Salmon flies are out and about.
Nymphs: Stone flies, Princes, Hair Ears, Semi Seal Leaches, Streamers

Dry’s: Stimi’s Any large dry’s.

Coller SWA on the Rio Grande: No Reports

Dry Flies: Stimi’s, Hoppers,

Nymphs: Surveyor, Rainbow Warrior, KGB Black, Flashback PT’S, Peeping Caddis, UV Blue.

 Conejos River: Getting there Clearing some.

The Flows at Magote(lower river) 858 cfs and below Platoro (Upper River) 382 Cfs. Still releasing water.

The lower river is clearing some. The flows have been increased below Platoro which has made the wading difficult. The stone Flies are out as are the Drakes but the fish aren’t keying on the drys at these flows. Maybe just worth the drive.

Lower River: Starting to clear some. Stimi’s, But nymphing the edges is the way to go.

Upper River below Platoro: Stone fly nymphs, Jig Head Princes, Hares Ears, Semi Seal Leaches Brillon’s Lucent H.E. on the swing all colors.






  • pancake dietetici fatti di mele e fiocchi davena Posted March 19, 2018 10:52 am

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    • Davd Posted March 20, 2018 8:44 am

      Thanks we try hard to keep up to date on the reports.
      Again Thanks

  • Steve Taub Posted May 20, 2018 9:31 am

    please add me to your great email list!

    • David Posted May 21, 2018 2:55 pm

      Hi Steve We don’t keep a email list sorry

  • David Posted May 24, 2018 10:34 am

    Thanks for your comment do appreciate the feed back. We try hard to give the best information on the area rivers. Very happy you like it.

  • Sabine Smid Posted May 26, 2018 2:25 am

    I really can’t believe how great this site is. Keep up the good work. I’m going to tell all my friends about this place.

    • David Posted May 26, 2018 7:30 am

      Thank You Sabine!

  • Clemente Giacomini Posted May 27, 2018 2:11 am

    This site looks better and better every time I visit it. What have you done with this place to make it so amazing?!

    • David Posted May 27, 2018 8:15 am

      We just keep the report up to date just about everyday, so anglers can see what happening in the area!

  • Kristie Posted June 13, 2018 4:54 pm

    Hi there! I simply would like to offer you a big thumbs up for
    your great information you’ve got here on this post.
    I am coming back to your blog for more soon.

    • David Pehle Posted June 14, 2018 7:12 am

      Thanks Kristie

  • Sara Posted July 5, 2018 10:11 pm

    This is very useful information. I especially like your info on handling the fish, not something I would have considered being new and out of town. Do you offer guide services?

    • David Pehle Posted July 6, 2018 7:36 am

      Thanks your for the comment it is important to handle all fish with care anytime and it is really important during this time of low water!
      Yes we offer guide services under the tab Guide Services.

  • John Barnhill Posted July 22, 2018 10:54 am

    Please add me to any of your fishing lists. We are property owners in Chama and your info is the best.

    • David Pehle Posted July 23, 2018 7:05 am

      Thank John,
      Love fishing in the Chama Area.

  • Jeff Hutchinson Posted July 29, 2018 7:22 pm

    Dozens of fish kill at Williams Creek Res. Wash up on west bank and at dam. What’s up with that? Oxygen levels, poor release? 7-29-18.

    • David Pehle Posted July 30, 2018 7:01 am

      Yes unfortunately there is a fish kill at the Res. The water has just gotten to warm and depleted the O2 levels in the lake.

  • Jeff Hutchinson Posted August 1, 2018 7:32 am

    Is this typical? Or due to lack of rain for long periods? Also moss lined banks may suck O2 levels.

    • David Pehle Posted August 2, 2018 7:36 am

      No not typical but the lack of rain and warm water. And yes the more moss suck the O2 out of the water. I wish we would get a really big rain and flush it out but it;s not looking like that will happen?

  • Pat Graham Posted August 7, 2018 5:21 pm

    Excellent update. Coming to the area anyway. Will drop by.

  • Michael seeliger Posted August 7, 2018 9:17 pm

    Great web site and uptodate. Thank you.

    • David Pehle Posted August 8, 2018 7:07 am

      Thanks Michael

  • Sarah Suter Posted August 9, 2018 12:15 pm

    What a great site! What high mountain lakes would you recommed?

    • David Pehle Posted August 9, 2018 12:56 pm

      I would recommend checking out Spruce, Turkey, Quartz, Poage lakes.

  • steve paz Posted August 17, 2018 8:56 am

    Hey Dave, Great site thanks for all the updates. Please add me to your blog.

    • David Pehle Posted August 18, 2018 7:04 am

      Thanks Steve

  • David Lagan Posted September 18, 2018 12:28 pm

    Really good site
    FYI just returned from Plaroro. 500 cfm flow from Platoro Res made Conojosalmost unfishable w flyrod.
    Fish understandably very spooky, certainly too spooky to tightline and smallish rocks exposed along with moss made anykind of drift impossible.
    Total waste of time sorry to say. Hope flows don’t stress fish too much or spawns. Havent been area in 5
    or 6 years. Shocked at beetle kill! Still beautiful w quakies and cottonwoods turning however beetle kill
    Devasting. Long term effect on elk ectcan only be guessed. CO decesion to kick out loggers yearsback
    Was NG. Lumber resources wasted now winds and eventual blowdown dominoe effect will leave ridges
    impassable to man or beast. Who is sticking around to take theblame for not allowing loggers to thin forrests? Not the enviornmentalist who closedtologging thats for sure. What a shame.

    • David Pehle Posted September 19, 2018 7:35 am

      Sorry to hear you had a bad time on the Conejos? But according to the Colorado Surface Water Condition website the flow out of Platoro Res is at 6.89 and the flow hasn’t been above 400CFS since before June? We fished the lower sections of the river and had a great time even though the flows were at around 40 CFS and mossy. The flows shouldn’t effect the spawn unless the traditional spawning spots are out of the water I do hope this is not the case?

      • David Lagan Posted September 20, 2018 1:13 pm

        Guess we shoulda fished the lower. Upper florate the three days we were there was never anywhere the almost 7 you quoted.
        So many exposed rocks made drift impossible as flyline and leader would hang on rocks and foul drift.
        Fish were exptemely spooky and any holes were very unapproachable.
        Not giving up on Conejos but have fished the middle fork above Platoro Res and have fished along the highway upriver from Magote. Just picked wrong year for the meadows and Platoro. Drought is devastating S CO
        Obvious issue is a very low Platoro Res
        level with far below snopack last winter
        and dissapointing summer rainfall. Of course the lowering florate and afternoon
        closing on fishing are necessary. We were told by locals florates were “historic lows”. Similar conditions throughout S CO. Animas River 75% below normal. When they start talking about possibility of killing fish on C&R, might be time for closure anyway. Not much impact on local economy as didn’t see many folks fishing. Mostly Bow and Black Powder Elk Hunters. I woildnt recommend any part of Conejos to anyone right now. Tell my friends to go farther N or stay home

        • David Pehle Posted September 21, 2018 7:32 am

          Yes all rivers in southern Colorado are at almost historic lows as are most of the rivers in Colorado, My friends guide in the Breckenridge area and the only place they have to really fish is the Colorado. Early this year they did institute river closures after noon in northern Colorado around Steamboat which they did not do here. We were telling people to only fish till this time as well. The Conejos can be a tuff river to fish even in good water years. When I go over there I have found it better to have a longer rod in the 11′-12′ range and 11′-15′ leaders and not making long casts and not having any of the flyline on the water this will help your drift on any rivers you fish.

  • Sam Jordan Posted October 3, 2018 6:46 am

    Fishing around Jasper, CO. We will be elk hunting around Jasper/Platoro during the second rifle season, and we were planning on bringing fly rods or light spinning tackle. Can you recommend any waters around that area if we end up having a couple of days to fish? We will also be staying at Chama a couple of days prior to the start of the 2nd rifle season (October 20th), so if you’re aware of how the Chama River is fishing, that would be helpful as well.

    thanks, in advance for your reply.

    • David Pehle Posted October 3, 2018 8:43 am

      If I had some time to fish I would fish from Aspen Glade CC up through Sheep Creek the flows are low but may rise by then as we have had some rain and we are expected to get more?
      Platoro res may be fishing well? But below the res the flows have been very low and the fishing has been poor. As for the Chama there are 2 places you can go below town off Hwy 84 and one is marked with a sign the other you have to take the road on the left side of the Elk Horn cafe then take a quick left down a dirt road to the access. The flows here are very low also but the State of New Mexico stocks these two stretches with lots of fish. I hope this gives you some idea of where to go.

      • Sam Jordan Posted October 5, 2018 8:51 am

        Thanks for your suggestions David. Hopefully, we’ll be able to fish the Conejos (being optimistic about our elk hunting). Our outfitter has let us know that they’ve been catching fish up at Treasure Creek (near HorseThief Park). One other question that I have, if we’re fishing the Conejos, near Aspen Glade, has the recent rains helped or hurt the fishing, and what fly would be your go-to there?

        Thanks again, and I truly appreciate your fishing report. We have visited the fly shop in Pagosa on past trips and appreciate you!

        • David Pehle Posted October 5, 2018 9:24 am

          Thanks Sam
          The river has come up over the past couple of day and so has the release out of the res. You can keep an eye on the flows at look on the Rio Grande heading and then tab down to Conejos at Mogote for the lower river flow and below the also has gauge.
          I would just throw nymphs Pat’s Rubber legs, PT, Rubber leg hare’s ears and of coarse Prince nymphs.

          • Sam Jordan Posted October 10, 2018 9:05 am

            Thanks again for your prompt reply David. Since we’ll be on the Platoro side of the divide, and hunting out of Jasper, is there a fly shop in that area (I seem to recall a fly shop in Antonito at one time), where I could buy some nymphs once we arrive?

          • David Pehle Posted October 11, 2018 7:23 am

            Conejos River angler is on Magote but I’m Not sure if they will be open?

  • Blake stephenson Posted March 12, 2019 1:28 pm

    Is the fishing in any of the lakes around pagosa any good? Pagosa lake, echo, opal, etc

    • David Pehle Posted March 14, 2019 8:50 am

      The fishing in the lakes in the Pagosa are do fish well. The lakes in the PLPOA are private lakes and you need to be a property owner or staying at Wyndham resort. There are 4 lakes that are stocked with Trout and Bass and some have Perch. Echo lake does fish well. The high mountain lakes also fish well.

  • Bryan Posted March 27, 2019 8:43 pm

    I will be going to Pagosa Springs in Late May/Early June and I was wondering if I could get some fishing tips for the area?

    • David Pehle Posted March 28, 2019 8:07 am

      We are hoping that the runoff is on the way down by then but one never knows, You should be able to fish some of the higher mountain streams at that time such as, the Upper Piedra, Williams Creek under the dam, The upper San Juan if your wiling to hike a bit. And then there is always the San Juan below Navajo dam but you will most likely run into some high water there but it will be fishing fine.

  • Steve Posted April 23, 2019 9:27 am

    Is the San Juan River Flow high for this time of year? It seems like this is early for River Rafting Season. Could we see the river slowing earlier then usual?

    • David Pehle Posted April 24, 2019 8:14 am

      We had a great winter with snow totals above 300 inches in the mountains. It’s hard to predict when it’s going to let loose. The higher flows are due to the lower level snow melt the higher snow really hasn’t started yet? I think we will have good water all summer long on the San Juan compared to last years very low levels.

  • Kevin Posted June 20, 2019 7:00 am

    Coming in from Texas this weekend, looking forward to getting a hook wet. Great information provided on your site. I look forward to finding the perfect water up there.

    • David Pehle Posted June 20, 2019 7:45 am

      The water is starting to come down and the fishing is picking up!

  • Joseph Posted July 2, 2019 6:23 pm

    The Rio at Wagon Wheel Gap is 3,500 cfs. Why are you reporting flows below 1000?

    • David Pehle Posted July 3, 2019 7:44 am

      Just a typing error sometimes that happens.

  • Matt Posted July 3, 2019 4:38 pm

    Love your site, David, and will share fishing reports as we get out from Durango. The winter we needed is really not giving me the summer I want with these high flows everywhere! We cancelled a long weekend trip to Creede because the creekin’ was just not worth it. We may go up to Williams this weekend, just to wet a line and get some time on a paddleboard. Great work keeping the site updated.

    • David Pehle Posted July 4, 2019 7:40 am

      Thanks Matt,
      The winter snow is just what we needed! But just think of what the late summer and fall will be like, 100 times better than last year!
      I hope you do get up to Williams this weekend and get some fish to the net.

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