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.
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
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 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.
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.