Friday, February 24, 2012

South of town

It was a beautiful springlike day to be on the river. Still chilly enough to have numb fingers after getting your hands wet, but we can't complain about that. I caught 2 pretty rainbows who were fat and saucy. Actually they were males so let's just call them "nicely hued" or something. They took my attractor fly which was a pretty big cased caddis, long and skinny size 16 3x long hook.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Lisa's new flyrod..

No picture this time, sorry, but Lisa received her new rod and reel in the mail today. It's an entry level Cabela's rig, a 4 piece 4 weight that casts nicely. We tried the deep pool behind the hatchery as she doesn't have waders yet. No luck there, but we headed to Conglomorate rock where she landed a beautiful 18" rainbow on a cased caddis. Makes me realize how long it takes you to learn when you're your own teacher. She's landing fish that would have been saucy dreams for me a year ago with reckless abandon. Since I was helping Lis, I just brought a spinning rod with the black jigs. Fish were slapping the jigs around but in the shallower water I have to keep them moving a bit too fast to prevent snags. They're 1/8oz heads, I think I need to switch to 1/16 for the Animas. Guys... seriously... no more advice for Lisa... she's already putting a hurtin on us.

p.s. The cased caddis is becoming the secret weapon!

Saturday, February 18, 2012


I needed new tires so I went to the shop in Durango. It was gonna take 30 mins so I skipped down to the river with Lisa's spinning rod and threw some black jigs. Caught a nice brown above the walking bridge near the fairgrounds. Had another fish on but he (or she) unbuttoned himself. Not a bad half hour.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Niiiice San Juan

See, no weekend no cry on the Juan. I fished with Travis from Fly Fish The San Juans and the lovely Lisa, who was fly fishing for the first time. She just happened to catch the biggest fish, pictured. It was a really good time and the improved Braids section is really a paradise for catching large Rainbow Trout. While there was a little surface activity we fished mostly the "bacon n eggs" mix of an egg on top, midge below. Red, tan, green and blue all seemed to work just fine. Size 24.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ski time?

Powder! It's snowing the fishing might be great but might be time to ski! Can't fish EVERY day...