The Dry Flies faction of DFFT hosted AZ Wanderings on the San Juan Sunday.
We met at Texas Hole parking lot, I planned out a whirlwind tour of the middle flats for the day. It was great fun fishing with such a genuine guy, excellent angler to boot.
I've fished the Juan for many years, witnessing Ben's evident excitement fishing this fabled fishery had me seeing it with renewed eyes. It is truly a fantastic resource.
For me, I found myself taking pride in the fact I could put a Juan newcomer onto good fish, increase his catch rate showing him a tip or two, leave him with enuf groundwork in technique and hot spots to continue to pump up his trip thru the week.
- Our first fish for the day proved to be a double- both hollering out at same moment. 'Double!' Can't beat that with a stick, now can ya?
- Big fish were aplenty- none over 19", but we each landed 2-3 in the 18-19" class, noice!
- We spent most all our time picking pockets in the braids above Kiddie Pool, stalking and sight fishing all our victims. Red hots, zebras, brown KF emergers ruled the day.
- Lake turnover proved mostly negligible- visibility around 2'. Bluebird day, moderate wind, temp's into the low-mid 60's. Moderate big midge hatches (black, #24), medium crowds, tho Ben reported Barnum-and-Bailey atmosphere around Kiddie Hole on Saturday.
- My Awesome Moment of the day, fish wise: nice 17" rainbow hen in the net, beautifully colored. I pull the KF out of her jaw, find a perfectly tied UFO embedded in her opposing jaw, said UFO now resting comfortably in my midge box. Never been paid to land a fish before!
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