The beauty of living fifty yards from the Pecos River is that I get to see the changes as they’re happening. Usually, as the weather improves and I spend my time outdoors, I get down to the river to check things out on a several-times daily basis. Two days ago in the mid-morning, Sunday May 23rd, I saw my first stonefly of the year fluttering around like it had just learned to fly. The next day, I dropped a red size 10 Parachute Madam X along a structure next to a pool and a 12″ brown sipped it off the surface. Unexpected and nice. This morning, I decided to check out the banks and vegetation to see how busy the stonefly mating activity was. Got lots of pictures and videos. This is the best activity I’ve seen here since 2010, certainly the best stonefly hatch I’ve seen since the 2013 Tres Lagunas fire monsoon runoff killed off most of the aquatic life. I’ve seen lots of stonefly nymphs for the past several years, but very little adults mating.
The Pecos River flows are down to a safe wading level. The stoneflies are working their way up the river and NM Game & Fish has finally started publishing their weekly stocking report. During the past months no reports were published. I don’t know if they weren’t stocking, that would be hard to believe.
The fishing season is ramping up and stocking is going on all over New Mexico right now. Here’s this week’s stocking report. In the Pecos Watershed they’ve stocked over 2600 rainbows in the main river, in the Mora River at the campground and 400 in Holy Ghost Creek.
The flows in the river have gone up after the snow we got last week started to thaw. Pecos River flow gage
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See you on the river,