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Fishing Report for February 23, 2014

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:09 pm    Post subject: Fishing Report for February 23, 2014 Reply with quote

Ah, another gorgeous weekend in northwestern New Mexico comes to a close. After several windy weekdays, we experienced another wonderful weekend on the San Juan River with highs near 60 degrees and slight breezes.

The San Juan is still off-color with visibility at about one foot, for humans anyway, but trout must be able to see much better than we can. We have been catching some big rainbows on size 24 midge patterns. Piscatorial eye sight has always amazed me. As many people have observed, trout can spot a miniscule fly pattern, down to size 30-something, floating through the water at a fast pace, when most fly anglers couldn’t spot the same fly in the palm of his/her hand.

My apologies, I digress. This is a fishing report, not a biology lesson.

This week it seems that many of the San Juan’s rainbows and few of its browns prefer midge patterns, black with flashy wings or a bead, size 24. In the mornings, and in faster moving water, a big egg pattern in pink or orange draws the most attention to a midge tied below it. The egg has scored some nice fish too. Leeches in black, white, or ginger tied with flash in the tail pick up more trout in the afternoons and in slower moving water. Fish a leech/midge rig with lots of movement, either by stripping or throwing extra mends to elicit strikes. Small scuds, size 18, in blue or grey, have been working well from the dam downstream to Texas Hole in the main channel. I like to use the scud as an attractor fly and tie a small red larvae, size 26, with a bead head, about 12 inches below the scud.

We have primarily been dead drifting at a depth of 4 ˝ to 5 feet, changing weight depending on the speed of the current we are fishing in.
We have also caught some big trout while stripping leeches, but not as many as during the past weeks.

Many rainbows are still spawning in the faster riffles, so if you are wading in the river, please avoid spooking spawning fish or walking through their redds.

Check out our new website:www.sanjuanworm.com for other reports and info.
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