Chama River, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Nick Streit
Fly Fishing Map of Chama River, NM
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Chama River, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The only section I would fish right now is below El Vado.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
8 / 3 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Chama River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
The Reel Life

Water flow: 500CFS below Abiquiu 395 CFS below El Vado, 65 at La Puente

Visibility: 23 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Mid-day through late afternoon

Best stretch: El Vado spring thru fall, Abiquiu fall thru early spring, La Puente Late June- August

Best access point: Below Abiquiu Dam and below El Vado Dam

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Stoneflies (freestone section) Baetis Craneflies Caddis Midges BWO's

Fish species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Rio Grande Cutthroat

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Santa Fe

Person Fishing in a stream

Techniques & Tips

Double nymph rigs below El Vado or streamers.

7-Day Forecast

Freestone section is pretty low. Fishing has dropped off on that section. Below El Vado flows are high but very fishable. High and muddy below Abiquiu.


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