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.

Mornings in the 30's and afternoons in the 50's. Beautiful weather this week. We are seeing the best dry fly fishing of the year on both midges and may flies. There may be some weather rolling in later this week, so dress warm. There have been trout grubbing in the weed beds for bugs to eat.

We have about 8 feet of visibility.

The river is at 318 cfs . 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

Must Have Flies 
Travis Para Ant Brown, black 14 Buy from
Rojo Midge Orange and red 18 Buy from
Griffith's Gnat black 18 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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