San Juan River

Tip of the week 

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, 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.

All this goes out the door when fishing streamers. Get them on the bottom and fish 1X fluorocarbon.

Seven-day forecast 

Fishead (fish-head) n. A person who spends all their time thinking about, dreaming about, or in the pursuit of fish.
The lake has turned over. Break out some orange midges. Get the cold weather gear on and come out to the San Juan River. The fishing is fantastic today. Low fishing pressure combined with hungry trout equal great fishing conditions. Bring your 5wt and put on a UV midge or a San Juan Worm or both and catch a few trout. Orange midges can be used to enticed the trout throughout the day. Size 20 or 22 are good to use just about anywhere. There is less junk in the water but still remember to clean your hooks. Leeches imitating the green or white debris in the river are productive to dead drift with a midge dropper. Jigs in a chartreuse and white have been working through out the river. Fish them on the bottom and jig them back to you. Wading around in the San Juan is fun right now due to the low flows, 347 cfs as of today. Boating down the river puts anglers in reach of more fish for the day.
Good luck to all the Fisheads out there, Chris

Must Have Flies 
Woolly Bugger Brown, Black, Natura 8, 14 Buy from
Lynch's Double Dot Egg Orange Blood Dot 18 Buy from
Griffith's Gnat Black, Olive 18 Buy from
Rojo Midge Gray, Olive, Brown, 20 to 22 Buy from
Rosenbauer Parachute Beetle Black 10 to 24 Buy from
Cartoon Hopper Gray, Olive, Brown flash! 6 and 8 Buy from
Chris Taylor, Fisheads of the San Juan

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