Re: Conditioned Fish
This is certainly one of the most humorous and enjoyable aspects of fly fishing the San Juan. Many times I've waded and looked behind me to see that I was being followed, like puppies, by several huge trout. I love it. The reason, of course, they follow is to gobble up any insect you may kick up. So yes... the "San Juan Shuffle" quickly became a very effective means of catching those particular fish. For those of you who may not know... the SJS is when you stand in the river, shuffle your feet (to kick up fish food), and then float your nymph through the disturbed debris. It soon became an illegal technique in NM because it was so effective on the San Juan.
Regarding your original post on conditioned fish... I can't say for sure... I would have to say that I agree with everything Salmo has stated.