|Sight casting in about 8 inches of water.|
|Healthy San Juan Rainbow!|
|Ed and a nice San Juan Bow|
Spent three days on the San Juan River after all the Labor Day weekenders left town. Well, not all of them left. I fly fished with my buddy Ed and we had success with San Juan Worms (Brown, Tan, and Orange) #16, Chocolate Brown Midge Larva #22, Red Larva #18, and one fish took a size #8 Black Bead Head Woolly Bugger. We caught almost equal amounts of Browns to Rainbows from just above Texas Hole down to Lunker Alley. As usual, indicator nymphing was the technique of choice, mostly casting to the edges of the fast water and eddies.
It's been a few years since I made the trek to the San Juan and things have definitely changed. Areas have either filled in or have washed away. Likely due to the annual high flows in June that are meant to mimic spring runoff.
All in all, we had a good time with Ed landing 25 Rainbows and Browns on his first trip to the San Juan River. I came away with 36, with most fish coming to net in the 16-18 inch range and a couple over 20 inches.
Submitted by: Darin Wallentine