Fishing Report 4/19/2019
Spring Special: Book and guide trip from April 1st to April 30th good for the entire season and get a second day at 10 % off.
The areas lower lakes are open and we have some good reports!
San Juan below Navajo Dam: Poor
The flows are at 333 cfs. The Water clarity hasn’t improved as the releases are still coming from the spillway side. The clarity is not more than a couple of inches.
The river is river is quite a bit off color and looks like runoff on our Colorado streams at this time of year. So bigger brighter patterns will do the trick. Big streamers in white or big and shinny will work also. We may not see the conditions improve until they switch over from the lower tube release which should happen in April?
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 1120 cfs.
Well it looks like it’s going to be awhile before we are able to get out on the San Juan. Warm temps during the day and night have gotten the river going.
Nymphs: Semi Seal Leeches, Prince Nymphs standard and blue, Flashback PT’S, UV Blue and many of our Special Competition Nymphs are the bill of fare, Rainbow Warriors Smethursts Stone bombs and 20 Bombs, Jigged Princes. Jig Frenchie’s, Straggle Stones, Robin’s favorite prince.
East and West Forks of the San Juan:
Give it a try. The roads are still gated so you’ll have to hike in.
Nymph’s: Copper John’s, KGB, Iron Lotus, Bishops Dynamite, Rainbow warriors.
The road to the lake is still closed at Williams CC. But the river below that looks pretty good with a little color the only problem for some is post holing through the snow till you reach the river. The river at Bridge CC has a bit more color to it, the flows are not that bad yet?
Nymphs: Flashback PT’s Rs2 small black emergers all our Competition Style flies.
Above The Lake:
Wait till Spring! but if you are into a little snow shoeing or post holing the river above the lake is still open for now as is the road to the lake.
The upper Piedra has some good flow off Piedra Rd. Best to get up there in the morning before the river gets to dirty to fish. You still can’t get to the upper reaches as the road is still closed at the Sportsman. The lower river off 1st Fork road is blown out.
Nymphs: All our competition Fly’s are working great, Pt’s, Hares Ears, Princes standard and blue, Stonebombs, 20 Bombs and Jigged Princes
Dry Flies Dry:
Turkey Creek: Wait till after the runoff.
Animas River, Durango: No reports
Flow 466 cfs.
We have had no reports.
Best Flies: Stone fly patterns, Pheasant tails, Pt Spectra 94, Pettitosso on the Swing, Collaretto, Tricolor, Caddis and many of our Competition Flies, Streamers are working well. We have had some good reports of some nice fish being caught on the Ute water below town before the rains.
Rio Chama, New Mexico: Blown out
Flow 31.0 CFS: Wait till Spring
Best flies Nymphs: Stonefly Nymphs, Prince Nymphs
Best Flies Dry:
Pass and Park Creeks: Park Creek is about the size of Williams Creek, Pass Creek has willows along the banks but well worth the bushwhacking and is about the size of Turkey Creek.
Wait till next year.
Nymph’s: Small PT’s and hares ears
South Fork of The Rio Grande Below Big Meadows: Slow
You just may find some good water ?
Nymph’s: Princes,Rainbow warriors, Stonebombs
Rio Grande, Colorado: No Reports
The flows at Wagon Wheel gap 331 cfs
Nymphs: Stone flies, Princes, Hair Ears. You can try throwing streamers if you can find some deeper pockets.
Coller SWA on the Rio Grande: No Reports
Nymphs: Surveyor, Rainbow Warrior, KGB Black, Flashback PT’S, Peeping Caddis, UV Blue.
Conejos River: Wait till Spring
The Flows at Magote (lower river) ice cfs and below Platoro (Upper River) ice cfs Wait till next year.
Lower River: Stone fly nymphs, Jig Head Princes, Hare’s Ears, Streamers
Upper River below Platoro: