Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Chris Taylor, Fisheads of the San Juan's Tip of the Week
.The Quality Waters and state park are once again open to New Mexicans for day use and camping. The river is at 600cfs and slightly green. The lake has turned over and the river is clearing up quickly. The fishing remains very good with no real pressure from anglers. The weather this week is looking great, Sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the 60's!
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5-Day Outlook as of 4/22/21
Great weather and Fishing. Fish have been eating all kinds of Nymphs and streamers. You can find some fish on the surface eating Midges and BWO's in the afternoons.
Techniques & Tips as of 4/22/21
Fish fluorocarbon tippets at the end of your mono-filament leader when nymph fishing. 5X to the first fly and 6X to the dropper. This will produce more strikes as the fish can't see the fluorocarbon. Fishing 22 to 24 midges in the slower waters has been great. The river is high, fish short light rigs. 8-10 size weights with a strike indicator set at 2-3 ft. We are finding lots of baetis, especially on cloudy afternoons. Baetis live in fast water so look for them in the riffles at the top of holes and at the bottom of holes in the tail out. Fish are eating gray, olive and brown mayfly nymphs in these places, it just depends on the day so have them all. You may have the chance to see fish on top during this time. A parachute Adams or comparadun should do the job. The may flies are blue-gray and are about size 22. Use dark colored wings as the fish are turning away from white wings. If you can't see this try a marker fly about 12 inches above the baetis. You should fish mono-filament tippets when fishing on the surface as fluorocarbon sinks. Change back to midges when the fish stop eating your may flies. Try some bunny leaches if all else fails. Dead drift them like the rest of your nymphs. Fish are eating them for moss! They will shake the drifting moss to get the bugs out. All this goes out the door when fishing streamers. Get them on the bottom and fish 1X fluorocarbon.
Current Conditions as of 4/22/21Great weather and Fishing. Fish have been eating all kinds of Nymphs and streamers. You can find some fish on the surface eating Midges and BWO's in the afternoons.
Local Species Available Year Round
Rainbow and Brown trout
|Vernille San Juan Worm||Brown, Black, Natura||8, 14|
|Lynch's Double Dot Egg||Orange Blood Dot||18|
|Griffith's Gnat||Black, Olive||18|
|Rojo Midge||Gray, Olive, Brown,||20 to 22|
|Midge Larvae||Gray, Red, Olive, Br||18 to 24|
|Foam Wing RS2||Brown, Black, Gray,||18 to 24|
|Rosenbauer Parachute Beetle||Black||10 to 24|
|Cartoon Hopper||Gray, Olive, Brown flash!||4 to 8|
|Bunny Leaches||Black, Olive, Gray, Natural, White||6 and 8|
|Ants||Black||12 to 16|
Vernille San Juan Worm
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Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
5-Weight 10' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
PowerTaper WF Fly Line
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line