End of January

January 26, 2016

Things are about the best you could hope for, as far as winter fishing conditions go here. Oh sure, the weather could be a little nicer, but we're actually going to get that later on this week, with temperatures in the mid to high-40's by Thursday. Right now we have flows in the 350 cfs range and better water clarity conditions than we have seen in several years, for January. To top things off we've got a nice start to a good snowpack in the San Juan Mountains and the reservoir level is higher than we have seen for a long time, as we head into spring. We still have a ways to go before the snowpack reaches it peak in mid-April, but things are definitely looking better for us than they have since 2012. I'm not ready to do a victory dance just yet, there's still quite a bit of time left for Mother Nature to change things up, but it's nice to see signs of optimism like these that could lead to a spring high water release to flush out the river and fill all those side channels that I haven't been able to fish in years. Let's keep our fingers crossed and pray for more snow. In the meantime, the San Juan is fishing pretty well right now. Although I haven't seen any great hatches since the water level went up, there are rising fish during a short window from about 12:00 till 2:30 each day, which is enough to warrant some decent dry fly fishing with small midge patterns, if that's your sort of thing. Earlier in the day and later in the afternoon your best bet is to stick with a standard San Juan nymph rig to keep you into fish. As far as fly choices go, I wouldn't be without red and cream larva as one of my top choices and alternate that with a foam wing pattern, or a midge pupae, or emerger in dark colors. I've also been hearing good things about small Simi-seal leech patterns in brown, gray, and olive, fished on a dead drift under an indicator, as well as, small egg patterns. With a lot of the west still locked in ice and snow, the Juan continues to be a great destination for winter fishermen and this window of warmer weather that we are going to experience later in the week, no doubt, make it all that more enticing. If you decide to make it out this week, I would expect to have a little company on the water, but nowhere near the number of fishermen you're likely to see here in the summer or fall. If you would like to book a guided trip or need more info, give us a call at 505-632-2194.

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To our faithful fishing report readers, 

Here's a way to get your rainbow trout fix 'til you are able to hit the San Juan again-- available online only

Check each style out--there are a variety of colors, fabrics & sizes to enjoy.

Special thanks to designer & artist, Matt Zudweg 

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As a small aside and attempt at shameless self-promotion, there was an article featured  on Flyfisherman Magazine's website written by yours truly about the 60th anniversary of Abe's Fly Shop that can be accessed through the following link: Abe's Anniversary. Hope you can make it out this week. If you would like more information or would like to book a guided trip, give us a call at 505-632-2194. 

Abe's Fly Shop Turns 60 - FlyFisherman.com

Watercolor by Tim Oliver                                          Photos Courtesy of Abe Chavez


Jay's Past Reports:  

March 22, 2020

Well, now. As of this past Monday, March 16th New Mexico State Parks, closed all parks within the state until April 9th with the caveat that this closure date may be extended. And, yes that includes Navajo Lake State Park. This applies to all campgrounds and day-use areas within the park bound...

March 1, 2020

Don't you find it a bit odd how we, as fishermen, go from wanting to just catch "a" fish, to wanting to catch a lot of fish, to then wanting to catch the biggest fish? The writer Phillip Caputo refers to this as the "Ahab Complex," an obsession to pursue and conquer a monster of the depths reg...

February 23, 2020

Alrighty, then. What are these white flakes falling from the sky outside my window this morning? And who ordered them? Well, at least  it's Sunday and tomorrow we can mark another week of winter off the calendar. Lately, the weather here has been like spinning a roulette wheel, you just never...

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