Posts Tagged ‘San Juan River’

NEW MEXICO: San Juan River – Browns are in the Spawn Mode

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Juan is flowing around 500cfs. Water is very clear. Lots of moss and grass, gets worse in the afternoon. River habitat improvements are underway in the Kiddy Hole area and will start in the upper braids around 11/10/2011. Work should be complete around early December. I’ve heard rumors that they will drop the water flow to 250cfs when they start the upper braids improvements. The goal is to provide more fish holding habitat, and if we’re lucky some new aquatic insect base. Hopefully larger bugs.

The river has been fishing good to awesome. The trees are just past peak colors. The crowds are thinning down and late fall fishing on the Juan is at it’s best.

What has been working for me, The upper areas have been all fishing good with black or gray #24-26 midge pupa’s and #22-24 red larva’s early am. Black or gray and black #24-26 Krystal flash midge. Light champagne Pink eggs or Oregon cheese eggs working.

The browns are in the spawn mode. The upper braids and sand hole are not the easiest to access now. The main channel is fishing good using #20-22 pheasant tails and RS2’s and foam wings.

The Texas hole down to death row is fishing good to great. I’ve been using a #20-22 gray foam wing and just ripping fish. Gray Rs2′ and Johnny flashes. The fish are full of gray midge pupa’s and #18-20 brown or olive and black big macs. Good dry fly action using blue wing olive patterns, from about 10:30 am on.

Beatis bend and the top of death row has a good beatis hatch going from about 11:00 am on. Good dry fly action using #20-22 blue wing olive dry patterns.
Simon Canyon down to the Crusher hole take out fishing hot with Light pink eggs and pheasant tails early to mid-day. Lots of heads rising mid morning into the afternoon to beatis. and midges. #20-22 Sparkle duns and olive comparaduns, parachute adams.

The bait waters to the village take out fishing good using light pink eggs and gray foam wings.

Come enjoy the Juan while the weather is nice and the crowds are gone.

The salmon snaggers are doing good at Navajo lake.

Tight Line’s too All

Capt. Mark Nesbit
Blue Sky Flyfishing Co.
p: 505-634-0582


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NEW MEXICO: San Juan River – The T-hole Down to Death Row has Been Fishing Really Good

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

The Fall is here and the river is fishing good to great. The cottonwoods are just starting to get there fall colors.

The upper areas have lots of big fish stacked up along the edges of the current seams in the deeper slower runs. Dark bodied midges #24-26 olive,brown,gray ufo’s or dark gray pupa’s and Krystal flash wings. Early am #22-24 red larva’s. Dark streamers. Afternoons #18-22 midge cluster patterns, dries on the surface.

The braids is fishing good with the kiddy hole holding lots of fish. #24-26 cream or gray UFOs and #24 gray johnny flashes.

The main channel is ok using #22-24 gray UFOs and #22 gray and black big macs. #20-22 Gray foam wing or rs2 in the early afternoon.

The T-hole down to Death row has been fishing really good with the #22 gray UFO’ and #22 gray and black big macs. Mark’s magic midge {3m} gray and black ribbed or silver wire ribbed kicking tail.

Death Row to Crusher hole is fishing great. Chocolate or gray foam wings when the BWO’s are out or Big macs and 3ms if the big midges are on the water.

Capt. Mark Nesbit
Blue Sky Flyfishing Co.
p: 505-634-0582


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NEW MEXICO: San Juan River – Good Fishing with #24-26 black bodied pearl Krystal flash wing midge

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

As of this morning the river flow is at 800cfs.

The water is clear with visibility around 5-6. The water is being released from the spillway side. The fishing has been good.
The upper areas have been good fishing with a small #24-26 black bodied pearl Krystal flash wing midge. #22-24 red larva’s early am. Black and gray bodied #22 Marks 3m midge, or black and gray big macs.

The upper braids has been fishing good with #24-26 dark gray or black bodied pupa’s, and the above patterns.

The main channel is fishing ok. The main current is coming down the north bank all the way to the T-hole. This is a lot of current, the fish are along the edges of the current lines, along the fast water and slow water seams. Be careful when wading, or crossing the river. I suggest using a walking staff or stick. The above patterns, and brown shammy or San Juan worm, #20-22 gray rs2 foam wings, have all been working.

From Texas hole down to the Crusher hole take out has been fishing good to great. As of late, what has been working for me is a #20-22 black and gray 3M, {mark’s magic midge}, black and gray big mac. and a gray rs2 foam wing. My client did very well yesterday. Dry fly action has been midge cluster pattern in the upper areas. There has been a decent beatis hatch from T-hole down to the quality water take-out. #22 Gray Adams sparkle dun or a parachute Adams should do the trick.

Navajo lake has been fishing good. Wacky worms or beaver tails, fished at 18-25 feet near the rocks has been working good for 2-3 lb. Smallies. The night temps are just starting to drop. The kokanee salmon bite has slowed down with the spawn starting less than a month away.

Capt. Mark Nesbit
Blue Sky Flyfishing Co.
p: 505-634-0582


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Trolling Mount & 10ft Pole
FISH HUNTER PACKAGES
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5" Transom Mt & 6" Rise Bow Mt (2) 10Ft Poles
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