190 Talisman Dr Suite C-6 Pagosa Springs CO 81147
Fishing Report 10/17/2019

Fishing Report 10/17/2019

The flows are getting a little low but the fishing is great! Don’t start your day until later in the morning.

San Juan below Navajo Dam:

The flows are at 565 cfs.

The fishing is really good on the Juan. Nymphing as always, and even some dry fly action Ants, Hoppers, 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 river in town is fishing good. There is some color to the river.

The flow is at 58.2 cfs

The fishing is good. Late afternoon the dry fly fishing from the Conoco to the Malt shop is pretty good but go small. Nymphing is the way to go below town.

Nymphs: Simi Seal Leeches, Prince Nymphs standard, blue and jigged, Flashback PT’S, Brillion’s Mean Machine , Rainbow Warriors  Iron Lotus, Jig Frenchie’s, Straggle Stones, Pat’s Rubber legs, Quill Bodied Jig Hares Ear, Bishop’s Dynamite in green.

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

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

The fishing on both forks are fishing well. The East Fork is picking up, for those who are willing to hike the West Fork is the way to go. The upper reaches of  Wolf creek are fishing well. Some big fish are being caught up on the west fork.

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

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

Williams Creek: The Browns and Brookies are on the move so please watch where your stepping!!

 The fishing on Williams is slowing down some until about 10am but after that it’s on!

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, Ants

Above The Lake: Good

The fishing is not that bad. Most of the holes are holding fish. You just have to walk some to get to the holes. Brookies are spawning please watch out for the redds.

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: Fair

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: Lots of small fish being caught in the upper box with some larger thrown in. The browns are on the move please be careful where you are wading as not to disturb the pre-spawn fish!! Thanks.

 The Flow at Arboles 51.4  cfs.

The upper reaches are fishing well with the best walking down the canyon about 45 minutes, on the middle fork the fishing is pretty good and the Browns are on the move.  The lower Piedra off First fork road is fishing well. The fish are all over the river so don’t pass anything up.

Nymphs: Jigged and Standard Pt’s, Hares Ears, Princes Standard and blue and Jigged, Pats Rubber Legs, Quillidigon in Natural and Pink, Quill bodied H.E.

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

Turkey Creek:

The fishing has started to become good. Though the flow is still a little high. Some good dry fly action is happening here. Though it’s still a little high.

Flies: Caddis, Stimi’s and Para Cricket.

 Animas River, Durango:

Flow 251 cfs

Nymphing is the way to go. Hopper dropper working well, try some streamers also.

Dry’s: Caddis, Stimi’s.

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

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

Flow 22.7 CFS: above town, Below El Vado 590 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 with just a single dry.

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: Still Good but getting pretty skinny.

Flow is at 40.4 cfs at South fork.

The fishing is good below Big Meadows as is the whole river to South Fork. 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 263 CFS. No change in the flow.

The Dry fly fishing is still really good!! Streamers picking up!
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: Surveyors, Rainbow Warrior, KGB Black, Flashback PT’S, Peeping Caddis, UV Blue.

 Conejos River: Good,

The Flows at Magote(lower river) 171 cfs and below Platoro (Upper River) 126 Cfs.

The lower river is fishing well. Below the lake is picking up  The dry fly fishing is good!

Lower River: Stimi’s any large dry, But nymphing is also good

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





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