Juan River is known by most fly fisherman as one of
those must visit
places in your lifetime. This
tailwater from the Navajo Reservoir in northern New Mexico is
loaded – I mean loaded with
big bruising rainbow trout and its fair share of big browns as well. The problem –
these fish have a PhD in fly
flies and presentations
just don’t get it done.
Our guide, Aaron
Hyder, tied a #22 midge below an attractor and expected us to catch a
it. Let me explain
what this means. We
nicknamed our fly the “atomic hook” as it
couldn’t possibly take very many atoms to compose this fly. You could probably swallow
it yourself and be
none the wiser – not recommended though.
Taylor and I caught 14 trout in
our 4 hour float – but we easily missed or lost 20 more as
trout don’t hit your
fly they just gum it or something.
most common words on the water today by our guide were
“Missed another one.” “Missed him
and I were afraid to blink
It was a classic stare down.
If you blinked they’d hit. This was the most
technical day of fishing
we’ve ever seen.
Below us we could see trout
everywhere – and huge guys as well – so you knew
you were just one blink away
from having a chance at one of these trophies.
On this day our trout were fairly
small with sizes ranging between 12” –
17” – but the fight these fish put on
keep them in a class of their own.
only imagine the fight a 20” rainbow would put up.
Our drive to Page, Arizona
was a short one
by this journey’s standards at a mere 280 miles. Tomorrow we will be on the
Colorado River at
Lees Ferry in the company of the Grand
– at 6AM.