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FLY INDEX

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CLASSES AND KIDS CAMPS

 

Bugs and Flies

In this section we will look at some basic bugs in this area which are part of the trouts food source and the flies which one can use to emulate them.


Midges

Fishing on the san juan river after a good days floating fly fishing with bwo’s and midges as well as fly fishing dry flies and nymphing.  The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  San Juan river guided fishing trips, and san juan river fly fishng trips on the san juan river.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment and fly fishing suppliess.  Fly fishing supplies include an extensive range of fly tying equipment.    The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler as well as san juan river guided fly fishing trips.

Midges are the principal biomass in the San Juan and can be fished all year. They can be fished as larva, emergers, adults and in clusters.

Larva Patterns: red larva #18 - #24, cream larva #20 - #24, black beauty #18 - #24, miracle midge #18 - #26, tungsten midges, halo midge larva #20 - #24.

Emerger Patterns: FPA special emerger #18 - #30; FPA trailing shuck emerger #18 - #26 both black and grey; black RS2's #18 - #24, juju midge #18 - #26; trailing shuck midge, cream #20 - #24; Midge biot black, olive #20 - #24.

Adult Patterns: adult midge #18 - #26; CDC midge Adult, black cream, gray/olive #20 - #24,

Cluster Patterns: griffiths gnat #12 - #18, Local Fuzzball #14 - #24.

 

BWO's and baetis nymphs.

Fishing on the san juan river after a good days floating fly fishing with bwo’s and midges as well as fly fishing dry flies and nymphing.  The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  San Juan river guided fishing trips, and san juan river fly fishng trips on the san juan river.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment and fly fishing suppliess.  Fly fishing supplies include an extensive range of fly tying equipment.    The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler as well as san juan river guided fly fishing trips.

In the nymph stage, generally refer red to by its latin name "baetis". The adult is referred to as a Blue Wing Olive. Hence, BWO.

Nymph - pheasant tails #18 - #24, rubberlegged pheasant tails #18 - #24, BH beerhead baetis #16 - #24; lightning bugs,

Emerger - RS2's #16 - #22, BWO emerger, #18 - #22, Mercury RS2 's #18 - #24;

Adult - Parachute Adams #16 - #24, Parachute BWO #16 - #24, Gulper Special #16 - #22, Extended Body BWO #18 - #22; Wonder Baetis #18 - #24; No Hackle BWO #16 - #22; Adams #16 - 24, sparkle dun baetis #20 - #22, Thorax baetis - BWO #18 - #24

Spinner - Polywing spinner #18 - #24.

 

Larger Mayflies.

Fishing on the san juan river after a good days floating fly fishing with bwo’s and midges as well as fly fishing dry flies and nymphing.  The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  San Juan river guided fishing trips, and san juan river fly fishng trips on the san juan river.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment and fly fishing suppliess.  Fly fishing supplies include an extensive range of fly tying equipment.    The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler as well as san juan river guided fly fishing trips.

This description will include pale morning duns (PMD's) pale evening duns (PED's) red quills, and green drakes.

Nymph - pheasant tails #14 - #18, rubberlegged pheasant tails #12 - #18, GB CN Superflash, BTS nymphs, carrot nymph,

Emerger - RS2's, Barr's emergers, wet and dry, #16 - -#18, Bubbleback emerger, GT Emerger,

Adult - Parachute Adams #14 - #18, Parachute BWO #12 - #18, Gulper Special #16 - #22, Extended Body BWO #18 - #22; sparkle dun PMD #16 - #18, Blue Duns #16 - #20, CDC biot comparadun PMD, H&L Variant, Lawson's No Hackle

Spinner - rusty spinner, crystal wing spinner

 

Stoneflies.

Fishing on the san juan river after a good days floating fly fishing with bwo’s and midges as well as fly fishing dry flies and nymphing.  The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  San Juan river guided fishing trips, and san juan river fly fishng trips on the san juan river.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment and fly fishing suppliess.  Fly fishing supplies include an extensive range of fly tying equipment.    The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler as well as san juan river guided fly fishing trips.

Fishing on the san juan river after a good days floating fly fishing with bwo’s and midges as well as fly fishing dry flies and nymphing.  The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  San Juan river guided fishing trips, and san juan river fly fishng trips on the san juan river.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment and fly fishing suppliess.  Fly fishing supplies include an extensive range of fly tying equipment.    The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler as well as san juan river guided fly fishing trips.

Stoneflies move from spring when they begin to roll around for the moult through summer.

Nymphs: canyon stone, doublebead hare's ear, double bead peacock, poxyback stone, RF Stone, twenty incher, rubberleg patterns, Pat's rubberlegs,

Dries: improved golden stone #8 - #12, irresistible temptation stone, rogue foam, rogue stone, spectre stone,

Caddis.

Fishing on the san juan river after a good days floating fly fishing with bwo’s and midges as well as fly fishing dry flies and nymphing.  The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  San Juan river guided fishing trips, and san juan river fly fishng trips on the san juan river.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment and fly fishing suppliess.  Fly fishing supplies include an extensive range of fly tying equipment.    The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler as well as san juan river guided fly fishing trips.

The animas in particular is known for its spectacular caddis hatches in late spring and early summer.

Larva: cased caddis, stick caddis, caddis larva #12 - #20, crawling caddis #16 - #20, buckskins,

Emerger: caddis emerger hare's ear #12 - #18, spotlite caddis emerger, caddis emerger - peacock #16 - #18

Adults: Stimulators #16 - #22, Elk caddis patterns #16 - #20, stimi chew toys, etha wing caddis, goddard #10 - #18, peacock caddis #16 - #20,

 

Terrestrials

Over summer a range of terrestrials from hoppers, to ants, crickets and other terrestrials will blow onto or land on the water becoming an inviting meal for any big fish. Always a worthwhile consideration when the fishing is slow.

Hoppers: hoppers, triple decker hopper, parahopper, spent hopper, Foam hopper, kingfisher hopper, charlie boy hopper,

Crickets: black cricket, Dave's cricket,

Ants: Foam Ant, B-52 Flying Ant, Carpenter ant, CDC Ant, Chernobyl Ant, Fur Ant,

Cicadas: Foam Cicada, Low riding Cicada, Black Cicada, Baby cicada

 

Attractor Patterns

Nymphs: princes, copper johns, hare's ears, soft hackle pheasant tails, soft hackle hare's ears, lightning bugs,

Dries: PMX, Crystal Stimis, Royal Wulff, Humpys,

 

Annalids

annalid and san juan worm patterns.

 

For a more pictures of insects together with flies click here.

List of Flies

We have listed some of the flies together with photos for easy reference.

Click here for the index of Flies.

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The San Juan Angler – a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Durango Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the san juan river, the animas river, as well as the Hermosa, the Pine and other rivers in the Durango area.  The San Juan Angler carries fly fishing equipment and is an Orvis store, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the san juan river, the animas river and other rivers in our area.  The san juan angler is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment.  The san juan angler provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, Winston, echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the san juan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the san juan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of the san juan angler.