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spconnolly 05-15-2017 02:04 PM

San Juan During High Flows
 
Hello Everyone! This is my first post to the forum, and I am excited to be a part of this fly fishing community. Ill be making my first trip ever to the San Juan this weekend, for a trip that we have had plans for for months. I was sad to see that it will still be at its peak spring flow (5,000 cfs). Im taking some friends new to fly fishing and know that this water flow will make things exponentially more difficult. Does anyone out there have any helpful information of how we can still have a successful trip during this high flow? Thank you in advance!

herefishy 05-15-2017 03:00 PM

Be careful! Somebody drowns nearly every year during this time. Do not underestimate the power of this much water. Stay on the bank or take a float trip.

spconnolly 05-15-2017 04:44 PM

Thanks! We booked a guide for a half day float trip, but not everyone was willing to pay for it so we will spend the majority of our time wade fishing. Is it easy enough to find side/pocket water that is fishable from the shore?

SAT 05-15-2017 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by spconnolly (Post 169850)
Thanks! We booked a guide for a half day float trip, but not everyone was willing to pay for it so we will spend the majority of our time wade fishing. Is it easy enough to find side/pocket water that is fishable from the shore?

Check with the local shops and USE COMMON SENSE when it comes to choosing a spot to fish. As was stated earlier, the water is powerful beyond belief and the bottom is very slick. Experienced wade fishermen need to be extremely cautious and smart and newbies need to stay in water calf deep or less to be safe. The water deserves respect. Have fun and most importantly be safe.

Mr Blur 05-16-2017 06:45 AM

the bottom is very slick. true at every level of flow. I recommend a wading staff.

SJDrifli 05-16-2017 06:58 AM

Anything over 2000cfs, make sure you have a wading staff and a wading buddy. As someone stated, stay out of the braids, there are some deep holes and large rocks and you could get into trouble very fast. Stay on the bands or in pretty shallow water. If the water is cloudy you won't be able to see the bottom and in some places it is deep right up to the bank. Watch other anglers that know the area and watch where they access the water and where they wade.

SJDrifli 05-16-2017 11:46 AM

Just talked to one of my guides and he said the water is still way off color. Said they are eating SJ worms, large eggs and big red larvae, and leeches.

spconnolly 05-22-2017 01:35 PM

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Thank you everyone for the helpful advice! We had a great trip, unfortunately not much luck wade fishing, but our float trip was fantastic! Thank you again!
Sean

kad1979 05-22-2017 02:20 PM

Nice pics. That bow is a fatty!!

SAT 05-22-2017 08:24 PM

Great fish! Glad it was a success.


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