October 2014 Fly Fishing Report

13 October 2014
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13 October 2014, Comments: 0
October Durango Fly Fishing Forecast

October roughly translates to “streamers” in trout bum speak.  With the shorter days and cooler nights, our local water temps have dropped and fish are one the move to fatten up before the deep cold of winter.  Brown trout are also very active this time of year to get ready for the yearly spawn.  October is the time for big, meat eating trout; not to mention one of the most beautiful times to be on the water.  The streamer bite has been picking up on the Animas, San Juan, and upper San Juan River among others.  Nymphing deep is also a great way to pick up plenty of fish on our other local waters such as the Piedra, Dolores, San Miguel, and Los Pinos.  Check out our Guide to Streamer Fishing if you need some tips on how to make the big’uns eat.

Of course, the San Juan River has been fishing lights out with…dries?  Yep, depending on the day one can have a lights out fishing midge dries to trout that seem to have abandoned all reservations.  If the trout are not looking up on the Juan, sight fishing to suspended trout is the modus operandi for fish chowing on midge pupa and emergers.  Don’t be intimidated to fish a bugger or leech pattern either.  Kyle recently floated the San Juan and had this tidbit to say: “I was getting an eat on every cast through Death Row with an olive Simi-Seal Leech”.


Streamer time on the Rio Grande!


Insects and Natural Food Sources

If you have any questions on a specific river; please call the shop for more info.  970-385-4081


Recommended Fly Patterns
San Juan River:
  • · Midges: Size 20-30 – Flash Midge Pupa, Red Big Mac, WD-40, Juju Midge
  • · Baetis: Size 20-14 – Juju Baetis, Thread Body Baetis, Barr’s Baetis Vis-A-DunBWO CDC EmergerRS2
  • · Annelids:  Red Sparkle Worm, Red annelids, Chamos Leech, SJ Worm in Red, Orange, Pink, and Tan
  • · Scuds: Size 14-18 – Olive and Tan
  • · Leeches and Streamers: Size 8-14 – Olive, Brown and Black Simi- Seal Leeches, Bunny Leeches, BuggersNear Nuff Sculpin, Baby rainbow trout streamers.
 Animas, Piedra, Upper San Juan, and SW CO rivers:
  • · Stonefly Nymphs: Size 2-14 –  20 Incher Stone, Prince Nymph, Pats Rubberlegs, Little Black Sloan, Sparkle Stone
  • · Caddis Nymphs: Size 12-18 –  Caddisstrophic Pupa, , Hares Ear, Cased Caddis, Sparkle pupa and Sparkle emerger
  • · BWOs: Size 16-20 – Snowshoe Dun, CDC Comparadun BWO, BWO Vis-a-Dun,
  • · Mayfly Nymphs 14-20:  Red and black Copper John, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Hare’s Ear, Thread Baetis. Juju Baetis, RS-2
  • · Streamers: Autumn Splendor, Mr. Hankey MouseJosh’s ZiwiCircus PeanutConehead Wool SculpinThe One Sculpin, T.A. Rainbow, Dhali Lama Streamer.
  • · Midges: Size 18-24 – Flash Midge Pupa, Disco Midge, WD-40, Zebra Midges,
Rio Grande:
  • · Stonefly Nymphs: Size 2-14 –  20 Incher Stone, Pats Rubberlegs, Sparkle Stone.
  • · Caddis Nymphs: Size 12-18 –  Caddisstrophic Pupa, Cased Caddis, Sparkle pupa and Sparkle emerger
  • · Midges: Size 18-24 – Flash Midge Pupa, Disco Midge, WD-40, Deep Poison Tung
  • · Mayfly Nymphs 14-20:  Red and black Copper John, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Hare’s Ear, Thread Baetis. Juju Baetis, RS-2
  • · BWOs: Size 16-20 – Juju BWO, Snowshoe Dun, CDC Comparadun BWO, BWO Vis-a-Dun,
  • · Mice: Mr. Hankey Mouse, Mouseketeer
  • · Streamers: Circus PeanutConehead Wool SculpinThe One Sculpin, Buggers, Josh’s Ziwi,
Lower Dolores:
High Country:

We are coming to the end of our High Country Season.  Attractor patterns will work.  Have SMALL Humpies, Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Trude, and Parachute Adams on hand in sizes 14-20.  If you must go under, a size 8-12 olive bugger; 16-20 Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, and other bead head nymphs always work.  For lakes fish Simi-Seal Leaches, Callebaetis nymphs, Leech Patterns, Ultra Damsel Nymphs, and dragonfly nymphs until the the ice takes over the lake.

Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

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