Joined: 15 Feb 2008
Location: San Juan River
|Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:34 pm Post subject: The birds are back and so are the bugs
|The river improvement project is finished and looks like a big success. The braids up river from Texas Hole are now open and fishing great. The whole section is different so watch your step as there are now lots of new holes and runs. Fishing the midge hatch in the morning with gray or black midges is very good. Fish them below a red larvae. The afternoon has been my favorite with lots of fish looking for baetis. Chocolate or gray have been best, fish patterns with flash on them so the fish can find them in the off color water. The slowest time of day seems to be around 11:00 to 12:00. Cloudy days are the best. As always a large part of your success will be your in ability to move around to where the hatches are coming off the best. Fish near the dam in the best midging waters to start,most of the midges are very small. I have been doing well with a black larvae or pupa to a gray or olive larvae. Around 12:30 move down to where the baetis are hatching, anywhere from lower Texas hole down to the end of bait water. The afternoon baetis hatch is coming on strong. Dry fly fishing is still good. The whole river is fishing well,. The water is getting clearer every day. Visibility is about 5 feet.
San Juan River Description
Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, 40 miles South of Durango Colorado and 30 miles Northeast of Farmington New Mexico. The San Juan River is world renowned for providing some of the most rewarding trout fishing you will ever experience. The San Juan is a consistent producer of both rainbows and browns averaging 16 to 18 inches, with many reaching much larger proportions. Recent studies have suggested ...
Best Fly Fishing Techniques & Tips
Fish fluorocarbon tippets at the end of your mono-filament leader when nymph fishing. 5X to the first fly and 6X to the dropper. This will produce more strikes as the fish can't see the fluorocarbon. Fishing 22 to 24 midges in the slower waters has been great, I am using flash on my midges as the water is off color due to lake turnover. Fish light weight ( a number 6 or smaller ) with your strike indicator 2 or 3 feet above the weight. You don't want to be on the bottom when you are midge fishing. We are finding lots of baetis, especially on cloudy afternoons. Baetis live in fast water so look for them in the riffles at the top of holes and at the bottom of holes in the tail out. Fish are eating gray, olive and brown nymphs in these places, it just depends on the day so have them all. You may have the chance to see fish on top during this time. A parachute Adams or comparadun should do the job. The may flies are green and are about size 22. Use dark colored wings as the fish are turning away from white wings. If you can't see this try a marker fly about 12 inches above the baetis. You should fish mono-filament tippets when fishing on the surface as fluorocarbon sinks. Change back to midges when the fish stop eating your may flies. Try some bunny leaches if all else fails. Dead drift them like the rest of your nymphs. Fish are eating them for moss! They will shake the drifting moss to get the bugs out. Try fishing eggs to red or orange larvae if the regular bugs are not producing for you.
7-Day Fly Fishing Forecast
Fisheads everywhere are excited about the improvements to the braids, The work is finished and the area is now open. It is fishing great! More improvements are coming in the future. It is going to be excellent weather this week! I love saying that. The fishing has been great so get here if you can! Good luck to all the Fisheads out there, Chris
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