I wouldn’t exactly call it a tropical heat wave…but I wouldn’t call it November weather either. Call it a haunting of the Indian Summer, call it global warming…call it what you want. The weather has been warm lately, reaching 60 degrees during the day. This has set us up for some pretty nice fishing right now on the Animas and San Juan Rivers.
Tom, Rob, and I hit the Animas yesterday for a few afternoon hours yesterday. It was almost clockwork when we all started hooking trou43-degreegree water temp seemed to be the magic temp. Standard nymph fare is in order: your favorite attractor nymph, 14-16 to a Baetis or midge pupa, 18-20. Midges are coming off in droves, and fish will be in riffles eating. Not too many on top though.
The news on the San Juan is this: if you want to catch fish on dries, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to be fishing right now…midges in droves.
In other Duranglers news, we kicked off the Holiday season this past week and have some pretty great gift ideas for the fly angler in your life. One idea not listed here is a new fly tying vise.
Why a tying vise? A solid vise is seriously one of the best gift ideas for the aspiring (or experienced) fly tier. It will last a lifetime. Every time they sit down at the vise to crank out some bugs, they will think of the gift giver.
Some of our favorite vices are made by Dyna King and we tie on these every day. However, you don’t have to drop a few hundred bucks to get a fantastic vise. Peak Fishing make incredible vises right here in Colorado, and the Peak Non-Rotary Pedestal vise can be had for under $100.