We fished all up and down the river this trip, from Cable Hole at the top of the quality water to Crusher Hole at the very bottom, hooking trout at every stop. Everyone got their fill of stockers at Texas Hole and in the braids, with some larger fish being landed in some of the deeper holes and at the Sand Hole. The fishing was slower up near the dam, but the fish that were landed were very healthy fish. The lower water yielded larger (and more) fish to the entire group, including one of the prettiest fish I've ever seen on the Juan, which unfortunately, was caught by the birthday boy himself. The normal assortment of midge patterns were working well, especially the tried and true red annelid (larvae). The best fly of the trip for the majority of the guys was a small, white bunny leach, fished on the dead drift, swing or strip. All techniques brought fish to the net. I had never fished bunny leaches on the Juan prior to this trip, but it is definitely a fly that is going to be well stocked in the fly arsenal. It seemed that the bunny leach fly would entice some of the larger fish to feed.
All in all, it was a great trip with great people. Happy Birthday JP, you're now one old SOB!
|Snowy San Juan|
|The boys in front of Fishheads of the San Juan|
|Clutch TTx 905 (review on the rod to come later)|
|Sunset over Texas Hole|
|Haws fishing Texas Hole|
|Birthday boy hooked up|
|Brett and the birthday boy|
|JP's nice rainbow to end the trip|
|Mr Beaver in Kiddie Hole|
|Pete with a nice fish at Simon Canyon|
|Pi Kappa Alpha- Epsilon Theta|
|Pizzle the night after his b-day|