Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1/25/2012 Fishing Report.


I really like the improvements that were done on the Quality Waters of the San Juan River in NM! There were spots that I have only caught a few fish in the last 5 years, that were now loaded with fish. There were also spots that I have caught fish, and now they are dry. The spots that were dried up were generally unproductive, except for the occasional very selective midge slurpler! With the sections that were dried up by dams or diversions, it has created increased flows, which should decrease sedimentation in the river. Overall I am very impressed.

The fishing has been very good after the improvements in the wade area. Visibility is low, 1 – 2 feet at the best, due to lake turnover. The fish are still hungry and not as selective as usual. We caught fish last week, all day on almost anything red. We also did well on Iron Grey Big Mac’s in 18 and 20 and small size 24 black midges. Between 11:00 and 1:00 we hit several midge hatches where we killed them on size 24 grizzly fore & aft patterns.

Tuesday I fished with below the dam with Tim Froehlich, and we did very well on eggs and a grey kf with a clear bead or a black thread head. The tough part was trying to get through all the fingerlings that were stocked last week. At first it was fun to see a strike on every cast, but then we had to hunt for the bigger fish. If we saw a bunch of small fish rising, we would walk by it, and look for water with out all the little guys on top. By doing that we got into some better fish.

Scott Taylor

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


This is the HCPT in size 24. Below the dam on the San Juan River I am tying them in size 20 - 24. On the stretch in Pagosa Springs, and on all the High Country streams I use sizes 14 - 20. The thorax is peacock with a pheasant tail wing case or a dubbing called peacockle.

Monday, January 16, 2012

1/15/2012 Fishing Report

The fishing below the dam on the San Juan River has been very good! The water is still on the dirty side, Navajo Resevoior is turning over, but that is not bothering the fish. For the last few weeks we have been catching fish on red larva, grey and black kf's, grey fluff baetis, and my new HCPT, a micro tubbing pheasant tail.

This was Brad's first Trout on the fly! He is now hooked.

On Brad's trip we landed over 20 fish, nothing big, although 2 fish around 18 - 20 inches did break us off. Our set up for most of the fish, consisted of a # 6 or #8 shot about a foot above the point fly (red larva, or leech most of the day) and then our strike incicator was posistioned between 2 - 3 feet above that. All of our fishing was done wading in the braids above the T Hole. The air temp has been cool in the mornings, but getting above frezzing before noon, and the crowds on the river are gone.

Brad had a great day. The fishing was so good that we even got to work on his fish handling skills. On this last fish, he is holding the fish like a pro, before the release. Way to go Brad!