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 

Happy New Years! , it is the best time of the year to fish if you like having the river to yourself. It has been in the 40's most afternoons although this week is looking cold with highs in the 30"s. I have been out most days and the fishing has been very good with eggs and red larvae.There has been lots of midge activity throughout the day, we are catching fish on clusters.
It will be windy most afternoons this time of year. The fishing will be good as long as you add some weight so you can still see the strikes!

The Lake has turned over the river finally has a little stained green color to it. This will happen several more times getting the river nice and green. I for one am looking forward to the off color water dumbing the fish up a little. They can just see to much in the clear water. The streamer fishing should get good soon!

The river is at 350 cfs today!

We had a big rain that caused lots of water to run through Simon Canyon. The fishing is getting better every day but there is still lots of sand.

Fish looking for egg patterns, yellow, peach or tangerine have been best for me. Fish a red or orange larvae behind it.
Happy New Years to all the Fisheads out there. Chris

Must Have Flies 
TH Zebra Midge Brown, black, dark g 22 to 26 Buy from
Rojo Midge Orange and red 18 Buy from
Griffith's Gnat black 10 Buy from
Birchell's Hatching Midge Gray, olive, brown 20 to 22 Buy from
Rosenbauer Parachute Beetle Red 20 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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