Chama River, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Chama River, NM
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Chama River, New Mexico Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fishing the freestone stretch is slow with all of the cold weather recently. Fish the tailwaters! Fishing below Abiquiu is fair, fishing up high for smaller fish and down lower in the trophy secton. Flows remain low below El Vado and the fishing has been fair at best.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
3 / 11 / 2019
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Chama River is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
The Reel Life

Water flow: 396 CFS below Abiquiu, 29 CFS below El Vado, ICE at La Puente

Visibility: 4 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Moderately Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Mid morning

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 olive may nymph patters

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

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Santa Fe

Techniques & Tips

Deep indicator nymph rigs will be the most effective method of targeting fish in the tailwaters below Abiquiu and El Vado. Use the above nymphs listed. If you see a riser put on a dry or two. Both tailwaters have been fishing good.

7-Day Forecast

Fishing below El Vado has been really spotty despite the low flows. I think it is still too cold up there. Abiquiu has not been that great recently because of all the high flows

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