Well heres some positive news for you to dwell on! We’re open for business and would love to get out on the water with you. We’ve added two new ranches to our private water portfolio this season and let me be the first to say, they’re pretty awesome! Right now the Pine remains too low to book any trips on but should be coming up in the next few weeks. Look for flows to hit 100cfs and get on the phone to book your trip! As the flows increase the big boys are going to come out hungry and this is the time to land one of those true monsters of the Pine. The Animas private water is fishing well right now and should stay that way unless we get some sort of cold front to bring the water temp back down. BWO’s are hatching as are midges, and we’ve had some nice fish on streamers as well. The Animas should continue to fish well until the runoff begins, usually around late May, and typically picks back up again by the late June/early July.
The private water we fish on the Animas continues to fish well. The streamer bite has slowed down, but there are still lots of bugs and the nymphing has been productive with mayfly and midge patterns. Aside from the colder mornings, the weather has been ideal and the afternoons have been close to T shirt weather. As always, I love coming to these different properties to enjoy being outside and to get away from the crowds. Give us a call to book your own exclusive private water trip today!
The lower private water stretch of the San Juan is on fire right now. The crowds are up in the quality water and have left the lower alone since it got a little challenging the last few weeks. Thats all it needed, a little rest, and boom its back on! I was able to float my friend Wally, a 93 year old fishing machine down there today and it didn’t disappoint. Wally hooked into a beast the the top of Jacob’s and after a nearly five minute battle we landed an incredible two foot rainbow. I’ve had a lot of great times and memories with Wally over the years, and this one was special for both of us. I feel truly lucky to spend time with him, and am already looking forward to my Rock House amigos return in the spring.
The Pine has been running a little low right now, but we’re still managing to get into fish. They’re spooky because of the low water, so long leaders and light tippets are a must. Be sneaky and wear drab clothing to avoid scaring the big one before you get a chance to cast to him! The plus side of this is that we’re seeing a lot of big fish right now, and it’s always nice to know you’re casting to a fish! Egg patterns and small baetis, like bubbleback emergers and foam wing emergers, have been the winning ticket.