Desert Sportsman Fishing Report 3/16/2018

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.

Silver Creek – Fishing has been excellent as of late with small nymphs and midges fished dead drift style under an indicator.  White leeches and smaller light colored streamers have also been effective.  Best patterns to fish now:  size 16-20 Prince or Hare’s Ear nymphs, size 16-20 black/silver Zebra Midges, size 10-14 white Woolly Bugger or similar streamers.

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 slowed some in recent weeks due to this last cold front but some nice fish are still being caught.  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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