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COLORADO: Drifting Pop’s Buggers, Caddis Patterns & Egg Patterns Are Best Bets

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Last week’s warm temperatures broke all the ice on the upper San Juan River and the flows went from 150 cfs to 850 cfs this morning. Run – off is starting. As the lakes start to lose their ice, the fishing should be good on them. Most of the high country lakes do not lose their ice until late May or June. With that said the Forest Service roads generally do not open until May 15. If the roads are dry they open them earlier.

The best fishing over the next few weeks will be in-between cold fronts that slow the run off, and clear the river. Drifting Pop’s Buggers, caddis patterns, and egg patterns are often my best bets. Look for parts of the river where the fish can get a break from the current. Often you will find fish stacked in one section. If you find one these places, you can be sure there will be more fish holding in similar spots. I will assume that this is a “pattern”. If you think you have the “pattern” figured out, move up or down river looking for similar water. I don’t waste time fishing up to the next spot that might have stacked fish. By the time you get there, the bite could be over! With higher flows, be careful wadding the river. It might be a good idea to wear an inflatable life jacket.

Of course the fishing below the dam on the Lower San Juan should remain good with flows around 500 cfs the wadding will be good until the flows get higher after the lake fills up. Last week guide Steve Baird did best on chocolate KF, black UV, and some of his no-name midges. The fishing was best during mid-day for him.

Navajo lake is where the pike action is. Reports of good catches started back in Feb. when we still had powder days at Wolf Creek on our minds. As the lake fills and warms up the action should continue. It is also crappie time! My neighbor Jim Mudrock caught 20 last Saturday.

If you are planning on a guided trip this summer give us a call and we will help you plan a great fishing trip. Our trips range from fishing the high country streams for cutthroats, private property trips on the San Juan River, Floats & Wade trips on the Lower San Juan River, and Lake trips on Navajo Lake.

Tight line,

Capt. Scott Taylor
High Country Fishing Charters
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NEW MEXICO: Crane Fly Larva & Egg Patterns & a Trailing Flashy Baetis

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Animas River
– The flow is 4,920 cfs. Fishing is slow and the river is muddy and flowing fast with runoff. The river was stocked with 175 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Chama River
– Upper section flow is 1,120 cfs. The river below El Vado flows at 1,150 cfs. The upper Chama including the stretch flowing into El Vado is blown out. Flows are near normal and the river is in runoff. Wading is dangerous at these higher flows, so use common sense when fishing. Crane fly larva and egg patterns and a trailing flashy baetis were reported to be the hot flies. Also worms and Panther Martins are taking fish. The stretch below Abiquiu is fishing tough. High dam release has made wading tough. Flows below dam are at 1,200.

San Juan River
– Upper section – Catch and Release flow is 2,030 cfs. Reclamation began to increase the release on Monday, June 6, at 1 a.m., reaching 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Thursday, June 9 at approximately 3 p.m. The release will stay at 5,000 cfs for seven days. On Wednesday, June 15 at approximately 7 a.m., the release will begin to decrease, reaching 500 cfs on Friday, June 17 at approximately 10 p.m., where it will remain until further notice. Lower section – Open waters, fishing is good with night crawlers, salmon eggs and the same flies as for the upper section.

Abiquiu Lake
– Fishing is slow with a few small walleye and bass being landed using jigs with minnows. Reports of very little traffic and few boats on the water.

El Vado Lake
– Fishing is reported as fair for brown trout in the Chama arm of the lake. Some fish have been caught using Pistol Petes and Panther Martins.

Heron Lake
– Fishing has picked up with large trout up to 20-plus inches on the northwest side of the lake. Anglers are having the best success using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs. Lake trout are being caught from shore with Panther Martins. Salmon fishing is good to excellent when trolling kokanee killers and wedding rings in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Jackson Lake
– Fishing is good for trout. Anglers are having success using Power Bait and any spinner with gold blades.

Lake Farmington
– Trout fishing is reported as good for trout using Power Bait, salmon eggs and worms. The lake was stocked with 350 triploid rainbow trout last week.

Morgan Lake
– Bass fishing is reported as slow.

Navajo Lake
– Bass fishing is reported good. Anglers are having success using Strike King plastics. Crappie are reported as good back in the coves where warmer water can be found. Best bet is to use jigs, minnows and Gulp baits.

New Mexico
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