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Fishing report Oct. 12-14

 
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thedgs



Joined: 19 Sep 2007
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Location: El Paso, TX

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Fishing report Oct. 12-14 Reply with quote

Hi Folks,

I know this is a little late, but hopefully it will be of some use. My son and I had our first trip up to the San Juan the weekend of October 12 -14. We have an awesome trip and a lot of it was due to the great suggestions of forum participants and this website - thank you!

River flow was approximately 500 CFS, and a cold front was approaching which came in late Friday night. Friday afternoon we went fishing with the a guide our Mesilla Valley Flyfishers club arranged,Jerry Saiz - Jerry's Guide Service. Jerry did a great job especially with my fourteen year old son that had very little fly fishing experience. We started out at Texas Hole, and although there didn't seem to be a tremendous number of anglers on the water, the parking lot was full so there must have been a lot of people out in drift boats.

Other anglers didn't seem to be catching a lot of fish, but we did very well especially for first time out there. In three hours we each hooked about ten fish and landed five each. Each of us caught fish over 20in. joining the 20/20 club for the first time! The largest fish I caught was also very fat and it took me down into the backing twice, by far the most challenging fight I've ever had flyfishing.

For the most part we used Jerry's flies, with the red annelid about size 20 as the lead fly and midge pupa about size 22-24 as the trailing fly. The pupa flies were black or chocolate thread bodies with silver or gold wire and very fine (and not furry!) black or chocolate dubbed heads. 5x-6X fluorocarbon tippets.

Probably the most important thing that we learned from Jerry is that you should clean your flies between each cast (behind or to the side of you, of course) by whipping them against the surface of the water to remove the algae that clings to them. I had a hard time doing this because it felt like I was doing poor casting technique.

On Saturday we went up to the Upper Flats, walking from the Texas Hole parking lot through the cottonwoods and the bushes to the river. Boy, that water was cold! We used a similar setup as we did in the Texas Hole, but using 24 to 26 size flies, and some new patterns with zebra midges and other tiny beadhead midges in dark colors. My son did well again, hooking eight or so fish and landing three, including a 22 incher all by himself, which has the first he had landed completely on his own. The cold front was in and it was overcast a little breezy and much colder than it was on Friday. By Sunday morning it was frosty and cold, and we didn't fish that day.

Meals that we had at Abes and the Sportsman were good. The chimichanga with red chili at the Sportsman was one of the best I've had in a long time and I grew up in the southwest and live in El Paso!

The Float 'N Fish fly shop behind the Sportsman and across from Abe's RV park was a great fly shop, great selection of quality flies and very professional staff.

My son said it was one of the best times he has had in his life. We're ready for our next trip up there!
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Fly2Fish



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi thedgs,

As you may have noticed from my earlier post this month regarding my week trip the week before yours, I thought Jerry Saiz was a terrific guide, as it seems you also did. Jerry did mention that some of his best repeating clients were from El Paso ( a city I used to live in, & still wish I did!). Your impressions of Jerry's guiding skills track exactly with mine. He is a terrific guide!!

Tight lines,
Fly2Fish
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SJDrifli



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Location: Nampa, ID

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree whole heartedly with all the comments lately about Jerry and Jude. I have had the pleasure of working with Jude on many ocassions, never had the pleasure of working with Jerry, but have seen him on the river many times. What separates Jerry and Jude from the norm, is their humility, work ethic, passion for their chosen profession and the class with which they carry themselves. The San Juan is lucky to have individuals such as them working there!
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