Month: February 2004

San Juan River Fly Fishing Report 02/26/2004

Water flow below Navajo Dam is 252cfs.

Fishing in the Quality Waters is good using leaches, egg patterns, RS2s, emergers and small pheasant tail nymphs for trout.

Fishing in the lower bait waters is fair but should be picking up since this area was recently stocked. Use the same fly patterns as in the Quality Waters as well as cheese, worms, jerk baits and salmon eggs for browns and rainbows.

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Elephant Butte Fly Fishing Report 02/26/2004

Striped bass action continues to be very good for some but slow for others. This past week they were caught on live bait, crank baits and large flies. Anglers having the best luck were switching from live bait to crank baits and back to live bait. Most of the fish taken were six-to-ten feet down over 20-to-60 feet of water. They seem to be in a cruising mode searching for bait fish.

Anglers fishing for stripers were also picking up a few good size white bass and were trolling areas from Rattlesnake Island south past Horse Island and making large sweeps through this area. A few stripers were also taken in the marina areas.

The only other reports received were of a few catfish taken at the north end of the lake. The Rock Canyon boat ramp has reopened and the Dam Site ramp has one lane open.

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Red River Fly Fishing Report 02/25/2004

More cold and snowy weather kept me off the river in the first half of February. On 2/17 I fished with Joe at the confluence and unbeknownst to us we were behind another angler. Water temp was 48-52* and we did see a few Caddis but no rising fish.. On 2/20, a warm and overcast day and water at 52* at 11am. I got a few nice fish but it was slow and there were few bugs..On 2/22 I fished with Rita and water temps were from 52-56* and a fair amount of bugs {Caddis-Mayflies}. Some of the Browns we got were very skinny…We didn’t see any spawners..On 2/25 I fished alone and water temps were 52-55*. Fishing was slow and fish seemed to be holding deeper and reluctant to elevate. Water level is also up a bit but clear..We have had some -0* nights and this may explain the skinny fish as they weren’t around the last time we had a winter like this. On 2/26 with water temps 50-55* we had a good day especially after the Mayflies came off at 1pm..The Mayfly emerger fished as a dropper worked well during the hatch and the Caddis larva later..On 2/29 Rita fished alone . She saw some nice fish but they weren’t interested…Slow day.

New Mexico Fly Fishing Guide Ed Adams

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