It appears that the spring showers are behind and summer like temperatures are here to stay. Fish are now starting to move in the riffles and faster water, especially in the afternoons. The lower river has cleared and is now fishable down to Mallard’s Access. Floating moss becomes an issue around the pipeline area, roughly eight miles from the dam. Fishing is still great from there down as long as your weed management skills are up to par.
Dry Fly Fishing
The upper 3 remains the hot bed for dry fly fishing. Blue winged olives are still coming off in droves up there in the afternoons. Look for a few risers, from 3 – B as well. There are still midge in large quantities out there as well. I saw quite a few larger ones in the size 16/18 range the other day, but many in the 20/22 range.
The nymph fishing has been red hot from mid morning right into the evening hours. The SAN JUAN WORM has been producing some nice fish out there, especially from 3 mile to mallards. Sowbugs have been taking a lot of fish throughout the day as well. Firebead soft hackles, along with pink and grey ray charles have bee very effective. BWO nymphs and midges are still musts throughout the day. One pattern or the other will be effective throughout the river depending on which hole you are in and what time of day it is. Bighorn Emerging Baetis, Palmer’s Midge, red/black midge, juju baetis and cream midges have all been working great.
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