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 Abiquiu stretch is pretty much done for the summer. Find your way north below El Vado and maybe start fishing the freestone section!
Fishing Report Last Updated:
4 / 12 / 2021
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Chama River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
The Reel Life

Water flow: 459cfs below Abiquiu--195cfs below El Vado, 32 at La Puente

Visibility: 36 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

Attractor nymphs and streamers would be wise as the flows continue to fluctuate. Mayflies, stoneflies, woolly buggers, the usual suspects will all fish well.

7-Day Forecast

The weather is warming up and they've started stocking fish below El Vado. The flows in the freestone section are starting to look good too.


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