Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Crowded San Juan

It's my own stupid fault for going to the Juan on a Sunday. I describe it as "an enormous crowd of people who don't like crowds" Sure, we all wanna fish, and sure the new braids work attracts a lot of folks, but sheesh, when fishing becomes so crowded that it loses the magic that only comes with flowing water and a bit of solitude, then is it really fishing or is it what a friend of mine calls "trophy hunting at the zoo?"
We managed to have a couple pools to ourselves for brief periods in which I caught a couple pigs, so that was nice. Egg/Midge combo. I picked up a couple egg midge combos from fishermen who left them in a fish. I also lost a few in the Russian Olives. I think I broke even on flies, the big fish on the Juan are a virtual flyshop. All this being said and I will remark that most of the rest of the river was pretty empty. I know that they're all nice people and that I'm there taking up space like everyone else. In the future I'll avoid the place on weekends or at least fish one of the less crowded spots which are abundant.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Chad's Place... Hooked up!

Well it was still slow as the Animas has been for a couple weeks but I did hook a monster. He came over pretty easy but managed to shake the size 24 midge before I could put him in the net. Oh well. As a wise man once told me "Be happy they hit your fly, it was a good imitation and you presented it well..." At least that's what I'm telling myself!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cheating.. went to the San Juan

Sometimes you just gotta catch fish ya know? Travis landed this pig in the morning on a midge.

Lotsa big ones, but they also put in 20,000 little rainbows who were all over the place. I tried a black "Uncle Milty" that worked wonders. Midges worked great. Eggs worked great. Fish bite fun. Poked around the braids, a section of the river I can only describe as the fishing equivalent of Pagosa Hot Springs.

Sunday, January 22, 2012


I Fished the deep water by the bmx track (upriver a bit) and nada. Maybe a bite, maybe a stick. I tried egg/midge combo size 24 tan midge below. Pink egg. I tried a black Uncle Milty too. Nada. I only fished for about an hour 12-1pm. Time to check out the San Juan till the Animas rights itself or I right myself.

Friday, January 20, 2012

3rd day of skunk

I fished with Travis, it was very slow, he caught 1 fish on a midge.

I found this interesting in light of the sudden drop off in fishing...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Skunked at Basin

Not a bite at my favorite spot at Basin. I tried every fly I have.. Shrug. Fished from 2:30 until dark.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Spot.. No Fish

New spot down by where my friend Paul works. It was a bit shallow for this time of year but looks promising for other times. Tried walmart pool and nada.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

1 fish at Chad's

Caught 1 nice 16" er at Chad's place then went up to Conglomorate rock where Travis was fishing, so we assumed they'd all been caught but we gave it a shot anyway, nada. Lisa's black jigs didn't even work.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


I fished today at my friend Charlie's house, maybe the last piece of private land before the Ute waters begin. I only had one bite on a pink egg with a midge dropper, but what a bite! After a 5 minute fight, I landed my biggest trout yet, well over 20" with a gut like Artie Lange. Other than that it wasn't hoppin, or I wasn't using the right stuff.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Excellent Day!

I went fishing with Travis from Fly Fish The San Juans again today and he set me up on some real monsters. 8 fish in all fishing the slow pool at high bridge, the rocks behind the mall and a deep area upstream from rivergate. Amazing day. The fish took both a large green egg and a size 24 midge tan and green. Epic!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Good times Highbridge

I caught one nice rainbow while Lisa was taking a short jog. I think I was only there for about 45 mins again, but more luck today. Fish bit very deliberately on the tan midge. Golden baby!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Raft Takeout Highbridge

Caught 1 decent brown and 1 little rainbow on midge/egg combo. Didn't fish for long, fell in, cold. Very low and clear water 160cfs.

Monday, January 9, 2012

No Love On The Animas

Not a bite. I was fishing egg-midge good and deep, tried 9th street, burger king and the hog trough, but no luck anywhere. I tried a few combinations, craneflies, caddis pupa, you name it, no lovin. Oh well, you gotta pay the piper sometimes I suppose.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back To Durango and the Trout

After an extended Pickerel Holiday, I returned to a very warm Durango. The river today was very clear and moving slow. 176 CFS to be exact. We fished at Chad's for a while with no luck. I was in the middle of saying "I guess they've all moved on to deeper water" when I hooked but quickly lost a fish, he didn't feel enormous. We headed up to conglamorate rock and both caught nice fish, mine around 15" and Chad's around 18" Chad's fish took a really big mayfly, size 16 extra long, mine took a size 24 midge pupa below a pink egg. The midge was tan. Glad to be home! Now I need a waterproof camera.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pickerel Festival In New Jersey.

I've been visiting family here on my old fishing waters since the 19th of December in which time I think I've caught a gazillion Pickerel, a few Perch, 1 Crappie and 1 largemouth bass. Even when you target another species the pickerel will bite. This gives them sort of a bad rep with bass douches, but really they fight like monsters and are fun to catch. Barbless hooks make them easy to remove and they often are feeling well enough to bite 45 seconds after they've been caught. I've used streamers, jerk baits, spinners, jigs, beer cans, kittens and various other baits, all of which produce pickerel strikes. I've enjoyed catching a few Perch which we've started to call "not a pickerel"