This is an Archive of Fishing reports from the San Juan River, and the Animas River from the date noted below for the previous period.
Apr 17th. - Jerome fished the Florida and reported some nice action with attractors such as a #20 beadhead prince. The water is relatively low but in great condition. Fish also took streamers.
The animas remains in good condition and continues to fish well, particularly on BWO's. The weather has not yet warmed sufficiently to generate much color and while it remains in this mode the fishing will remain strong.
Apr 14th. - The colder weather has persisted so the Animas remains in great condition. Midges and BWO's are coming off intermittently. In addition try nymphing with eggs, attractors and small baetis and stone patterns.
The San Juan continues to fish well but there is just a little color indicating that the lake continues to turnover. The BWO fishing has been excellent when the wind is down. So if you enjoy great dry fly fishing take some BWO patterns as well as midges in anticipation of great dry fly action. If the wind picks up and blows the bugs off the water, then nymph deep down with midge larva, and the usual suspects such as the san juan worm and egg patterns.
Apr 10th. - Cameron reported good fishing on the San Juan despite the wind. There was a great BWO hatch coming off so it was a matter of positioning away from the wind where possible or waiting for it to abate. The fish took a range of BWO patterns including parachute BWO's and parachute Adams. Overall excellent dry fly fishing.
The freestones cleared a little with the onset of some colder weather. Over the coming week the weather is predicted to warm a little to average in the mid 60's. However the overnight temperatures are generally expected to drop below freezing. This will slow down the runoff a little and keep the rivers relatively clear. As soon as the overnight temperatures remain above freezing the pace of the runoff will pick up.
Apr 3rd - The warm weather has caused the flow in the animas to rise and color up. This is the beginning of the runoff. So unless there is a cold snap, the level will now keep rising and color will keep the fishing down. Best now to stick to the tail waters.
Mar 31 - Gary, Jerome and Trevor floated the San Juan River on Thursday and reported some nice dry fly activity. There are a few photos in the photos pages. The BWO's came off nicely but after a while the wind came up and they had to resort to nymphing.
Cam and Rob fished the San Juan on Saturday and reported great dry fly fishing on BWO's. Generally they found success with larger BWO's #16 and #14. Most other fishermen seemed to be ignoring the hatches and proceeded to nymph down the center of the river.
Brian reported good fishing on the San Juan on Sunday and Monday. By then the wind came up and made dry fly fishing more problematic and therefore resorted to nymphing.
The Animas also fished well over the weekend. There were hatches of both midges and BWO's. Generally fishing emergers sub surface worked well. But the fish did take larger BWO's fished dry when a few BWO's were coming off.
View of the Animas taken on Sunday Afternoon. The water condition was excellent with good visibility and a nice BWO hatch coming off.
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