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  • “Must have” patterns for the san juan?

     ToxicTung updated 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • ToxicTung

    Member
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    So I’m going to gift a relative a box of flies this Christmas, and he lives near the San Juan. He’s relatively new to fly fishing, so my plan is to cover most of the bases by tying up the regulars (buggers, adams, stimis, midges, princes, hare’s ears, etc), as well as a handful patterns I know to be very effective in Colorado.

    Having never visited the San Juan, I’m wondering if there are any particularly effective San Juan bugs that I definitely should tie up and include.

    Thanks!

  • beklassy

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    San Juan worm seems like a good place to start

  • LegendOfPhil

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I live on the Juan and fish it regularly . Zebra and , chocolate midges …the smaller the better . Small Caddis flys of all kinds almost always a success when fish are feeding at the top . This fall/winter streamers have been more successful than anything else . The most important thing on the Juan is tippet size . Often times anything larger than 6x and they want nothing to do with you .

  • koochiesan

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    22-24 rs-2’s and wd-40’s in black, chocolate, and grey.

  • FLORI_DUH

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    I’ve caught fish on that river with multiple WD-40s broken off in their mouth, would probably start there. Also, little-known tip: the flows change so dramatically on that river that scuds will get stranded on the rocks and dry out as the river lowers. Then, as it raises next time, their dried-out husks get carried away and float downstream. An orange scud floating in the film can be absolutely deadly

  • atavisticbeast

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Only fished it once, for a couple days, but I absolutely slayed using nothing but a San Juan worm and Willy buggers. Caught I believe 17 fish in 1.5 days of fishing

  • whatevsfloatsyour

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    tiny bead head pheasant tails, midge pupae patterns smaller than 16 try 18 or 20, and small griffiths gnats maybe idk if it’s too cold for those, but all the flies need to be small enough to warrant 7x or thinner tippet then you’re at the right size

  • CleanWellLighted

    Guest
    December 18, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Focus on the drift vs the fly selection

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