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BDunn



Joined: 18 May 2014
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Retired Guy needs help Reply with quote

I apologize in advance if this question is a repeat of earlier posts. I just retired from the military and I am planning on taking my 75 yr old father on one last fishing trip. We fished the San Juan often from 1996-2006, but have not been back in almost eight years. I am curious how much the river has changed in 8 years and if it still produces exceptionally well. I understand the flows fluctuate throughout the year. I appreciate all input in advance.
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Brian
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O.a.T.



Joined: 29 Apr 2007
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Location: Albuquerque, NM

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my experience over the last 8 years (I've been fishing the SJ about 20 years), is that fishing has actually improved, primarily because of all the recent stockings. The latter does mean that in general the fish are a bit smaller (~14" average), as those are more plentiful and maybe faster on the bite than those old slower guys. It's probably also the case that the lower water levels tend to force the fish to congregate in higher densities and hence higher strike/catch rates.

It's important to remember, as usual, that water and weather conditions can have a large effect on any given day. And with the prolonged turbidity this year (I can't ever remember it stretching this far into the spring) I'd suggest making sure your flies are visible (e.g., flash and/or wire) and you're second fly be closer to your first fly than you might normally fish.

Hope that helps a bit in terms of your specific question and a bit in terms of the current conditions.
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herefishy



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any theories about the prolonged turbidity? Any increase in the inflow from the runoff over prior years?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's important to remember, as usual, that water and weather conditions can have a large effect on any given day. And with the prolonged turbidity this year (I can't ever remember it stretching this far into the spring) I'd suggest making sure your flies are visible (e.g., flash and/or wire) and you're second fly be closer to your first fly than you might normally fish.
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