San Juan River

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

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.

High water is here! The river is running at 4220 cfs.

This is the favorite time of year for the guides to fish the river. Fish are gorging on earth worms sow bugs ants grasshoppers.... anything you can think of that lives on the sides of the river that are now in the river! The water is clear with about 6 to 7 feet of visibility. There are a few good wading spots but the large majority of the opportunities will be from a boat.

The water is projected to start coming down sometime this week and slowly drop down to 500 cfs by the 4th of July. It could change so keep an eye on things. The dropping water is historically an epic time to fish the river with everything flushing back into the main river channel great things can happen!

Come out and see some of the best fishing of the year with the least people around!

Good luck to all the Fisheads out there, Chris

Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
Travis Para Ant Brown, black 14 Buy from Orvis.com
Rojo Midge Orange and red 18 Buy from Orvis.com
Griffith's Gnat black 18 Buy from Orvis.com
Birchell's Hatching Midge Gray, olive, brown 20 to 22 Buy from Orvis.com
Rosenbauer Parachute Beetle Red 20 to 24 Buy from Orvis.com
Cartoon Hopper gray, olive, brown flash! 6 and 8 Buy from Orvis.com
Chris Taylor, Fisheads of the San Juan
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