Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 4/13/2018
Lees Ferry – Fishing has been good upriver with standard midge/indicator rigs and olive color streamers with a sink tip line (150-200gr). The fish seem to be healthy and steadily increasing in size. Most effective patterns: size 18-22 Zebra Midges in black/silver and black/copper, size 6-10 olive Crystal Buggers.
San Juan River, NM – The San Juan has been fishing well with flows staying around 500cfs. Despite the cold mornings comfortable afternoon temperatures make this a great time of year to be on the “Juan”. Standard midge/indicator rigs have been the most productive utilizing size 20-26 Thread Midges in gray, black, and tan. Dead drifting olive or brown leech patterns is also effective when paired with a midge trailer.
Rim Streams – Most of the streams are low and clear as of now but great opportunities still exist. Try size 14-20 Copper John’s under a dry fly or small, short indicator rigs. Large articulated streamers have proven effective for some of the larger browns that live in these waters.
Bass Lakes – Bartlett has been the most consistent producer with good numbers of largemouth being caught on threadfin shad colored streamers on intermediate sinking lines. Try white Clouser Minnows size 4-6, Flash Minnows size 2-4.
Local Carp Waters (Canals and Ponds) – The carp bite has been excellent lately … try size 4 Algae Bugs, size 6 Baker’s McCrusty, size 6 Swimming Carp Nymphs, size 6 Baker’s Egg Drop.
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