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Animas River: The flow is 227 cfs. The river is fishing fair for trout using various bead-headed nymphs, spinners and worms.
Chama River: Upper section flow is 24 cfs. Below El Vado, the flow is 821 cfs. The upper Chama in the Sargent Wildlife area has the most consistent good fishing on the Chama as a whole. The stretch flowing downstream of the village of Chama into El Vado reservoir is low and the water temps are high making fishing very slow. The river below El Vado is open within Cooper’s El Vado Ranch, but the release is too high to wade. The stretch below Abiquiu Dam typically won’t fish well until autumn when irrigators aren’t calling for water.
San Juan River: Upper section catch and release flow is 939 cfs. Fishing is good. Declining flows on the Animas means more release out of Navajo Dam into the San Juan River. The extra water makes fishing the upper and lower flats better and your float downstream doesn’t have as much bump and grind. Use smaller flies especially near the dam as the water is clear. Small size 16-18 ants fished along the banks are also bringing up fish.
Abiquiu Lake: Fishing is slow for all species including walleye with a few smaller-sized fish being caught. Some smallmouth bass have been reported but at best it is hit and miss for them. Catfish are slow.
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