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.

Mornings have been around 5 degrees and afternoons in the low 30's. We are seeing some dry fly fishing on midges. The winter weather has left snow on the ground and ice along the edges of the river, so dress warm. Rainbows are feeding from just below the surface so emergers are a great starter. There have been fingerlings released into the Upper Flats recently so anything white to mimic that little rainbow trout has potential. Red annelids or carrot midges have been working great through the day.

We have about 3 feet of visibility and the lake has turned. This is great as it creates less spooky trout and we can fish larger bugs and heavier tippet.

The river is at 326cfs. The lake is in great shape with plenty of water still coming in from Co. The lake has surpassed levels from the last several years already.

We were not affected by the Animas river mine spill. It enters the San Juan much further down river.

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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