Friday, January 20, 2012

The San Juan River 1-14-2012 Thru 1-18-2012

Well we just got back from our annual trip to the San Juan River. I have not fly fished too many places but this is one of my favorite places to fish. This year four of us went. Frank my step Dad, his good friend Joel, one of my best friends Jim and Myself.

We left Las Vegas Nevada on Saturday the 14th at 2 am. That's right 2 am!!!!! Frank is one hardcore man. After a 9 hour drive and checking into our room. We decided to give it a try for a couple of hours. We went and gave The Chutes a try. I didn't do that good, but of course Frank got 5 to his net. Well he has been fly fishing for more than 30 years.

Sunday we had breakfast at Fisheads (great food) before going to the river. What a mistake that was. We all forgot it was MLK weekend, along with the nice weather the place was loaded with fisherman. Once we were settled in and we all found some good areas to fish. With the recent work done on the Braids, there were plenty of new areas to fish. We all started to get the fish. Thanks to Frank helping us get dialed in!!!!

I must say my buddy Jim did great with the fly rod. For a guy who is a bass & saltwater guy. He had never held one until this trip. Now he can add fly fisherman to his resume.

 Jim getting ready to net his first quality fish!!!

                   Jim losing his first quality fish!!! Thanks to hole in his net.

Monday we did not make the same mistake and have breakfast first. What a difference that made. We were in the water at 7:30 am and had the place to ourselves. It was still the holiday weekend, but the weather had started to change (snow & sleet). There were still quite a few people showing up later in the day, just not what we saw the previous day.  Now we were all dialed in, thanks too Frank hooking us up with what to use. I was using peach egg pattern (#16) with a disco bead head midge (#22) below that. 

Tuesday was just awesome!!!! The holiday was over and the place was a ghost town. The snow had cleared but it was very cold out now. But that was fine by us as we are all from Southern Nevada and a little weather is a good change from what we are use to dealing with. The fishing had slowed up, so Frank had us mixing it up on what to use.

Wednesday we gave the Cottonwood campgrounds a try. This is a area were you can keep your catch if you like. Jim wanted to bring  couple home for his family to enjoy. I had never fished this area before. It took sometime for it to work, but I ended up with 8 and we kept 3 of those. We needed to leave by 11 am if we wanted to get home at a decent hour.

I want to thank Frank for turning me onto fly fishing. And his positive energy for making it all happen!!!!!

Until next time.........Miles

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