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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnerney View Post
    Last year we ate at Sportsman's, then also made the trek into Aztec for dinner one evening. Never thought about the BBQ grills at Abes, good tip!
    That Mexican place we ate at in Aztec was great. I'd enjoy dinner there again.

    As for turn over, I have fished it a few times and I've found I have better results with bigger junk - worms, chamois leech and streamers. Also bigger and brighter flies.
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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    Anyone know or recall if Abe’s has WiFi? Might go a day early, if so I’ll need some connectivity. (I do recall there’s little to no cell service out there from my last trip)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tx_newb View Post
    Anyone know or recall if Abe’s has WiFi? Might go a day early, if so I’ll need some connectivity. (I do recall there’s little to no cell service out there from my last trip)
    Yes they have WiFi. Try to get a room close to the shop.

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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    I actually guide on the San Juan and it turned over on Dec 16th if I remember right. It will turn over again in the spring, it is temperature oriented. The extremely mossy phase of the turn over is past for now and has been for a while, although it's still very murky it's fishing very good.

    As far as flies go all the usual suspects are still catching fish. Right now the hatches are much much smaller in intensity and length than during the warmer weather but I'm still catching fish on emergers, KF Flashers, RS2's, Top Secret Midge etc. It totally depends on the area of water and the hatch. In other areas a Chamois leech, Bunny leech (darker color), Streamers, red annelids and cream UFO's are the best approach. Some people I'm sure are having luck with other things as well and probably swear by them, this is just what has been working for me at this time.

    They stocked it recently and the biggest problem is keeping the smaller fish off and finding the big ones. The big ones are still there and still feeding, I've actually taken to ignoring the big obvious strikes, unless they hook themselves, and only setting on the very subtle takes. Not always but this usually results in a bigger fish.


    Right now is actually an awesome time to be fishing the Juan, waaaaay less people to contend with and the fish don't quit biting due to the color of the water. Just watch the projected forecast and wait for a warmer day and no or light wind. I think you'll be glad you came. The Sportsmans is the only place open for food right now and they are currently closed on Sunday and Monday.

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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    Quote Originally Posted by stater61 View Post
    I actually guide on the San Juan and it turned over on Dec 16th if I remember right. It will turn over again in the spring, it is temperature oriented. The extremely mossy phase of the turn over is past for now and has been for a while, although it's still very murky it's fishing very good.

    As far as flies go all the usual suspects are still catching fish. Right now the hatches are much much smaller in intensity and length than during the warmer weather but I'm still catching fish on emergers, KF Flashers, RS2's, Top Secret Midge etc. It totally depends on the area of water and the hatch. In other areas a Chamois leech, Bunny leech (darker color), Streamers, red annelids and cream UFO's are the best approach. Some people I'm sure are having luck with other things as well and probably swear by them, this is just what has been working for me at this time.

    They stocked it recently and the biggest problem is keeping the smaller fish off and finding the big ones. The big ones are still there and still feeding, I've actually taken to ignoring the big obvious strikes, unless they hook themselves, and only setting on the very subtle takes. Not always but this usually results in a bigger fish.


    Right now is actually an awesome time to be fishing the Juan, waaaaay less people to contend with and the fish don't quit biting due to the color of the water. Just watch the projected forecast and wait for a warmer day and no or light wind. I think you'll be glad you came. The Sportsmans is the only place open for food right now and they are currently closed on Sunday and Monday.

    JH
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    We made it down. Fished for 3 hours this afternoon and landed MANY fish...but as you said most of them were the little new stockers. (Still makes for a fun day). Hope to get into some bigger ones tomorrow on our guided float trip.

    Did manage get a great flop shot on the one decent size one I caught;
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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    I love that photo and it is great that you got into some trout, best of luck on the guided trip!
    Larry


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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    tx_newb glad you made it down. I think you'll have a great time with a guide. Who are you going out with? I would try to meet up with you for a chat or a coffee but I have to be in town in the morning. I'll be on the river Sunday though. I'll PM you my number and you can call me if you are able to and maybe we can meet at the Sportsman in the afternoon or evening if you have a mind to.

    One of the Rangers told me that when they stocked the river that someone messed up and used weight versus the number of fish and they accidently put in way too many stockers. I suspect that the bigger and really big fish are dining on the surplus


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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    Quote Originally Posted by stater61 View Post
    tx_newb glad you made it down. I think you'll have a great time with a guide. Who are you going out with? I would try to meet up with you for a chat or a coffee but I have to be in town in the morning. I'll be on the river Sunday though. I'll PM you my number and you can call me if you are able to and maybe we can meet at the Sportsman in the afternoon or evening if you have a mind to.

    One of the Rangers told me that when they stocked the river that someone messed up and used weight versus the number of fish and they accidently put in way too many stockers. I suspect that the bigger and really big fish are dining on the surplus


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    I suspect that Ranger may be correct, the numbers of fish were insane. Responded to your PM, sorry we couldn’t meet up but I’ll give you a shout next time down!
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    So here’s a summary trip report:

    My buddy and I went out with John out of Abe’s yesterday. It was a day to remember to say the least.

    We started at the Texas hole as almost all the float trips do I imagine. We were the first boat on the water if I recall correctly...and quickly discovered the forecast was going to be a bit cooler than predicted. I won’t gripe about the weather too much for reasons you’ll see below, but suffice to say it was pretty cold for the first 4-5 hours of the trip (don’t think it broke 30’s until after 1pm and was windy off and on)

    With that said....what fantastic fishing!! Between the 2 of us I’m pretty sure we hit triple digits on fish count. Granted, 80% of those were 6-8” stockers, but we sprinkled in many good fish as well. Doubled up several times, mostly on the stockers but once on a couple nice ones as pictured below (of course “mine was bigger” )

    We fished nymphs the first few hours, then I decided to toss some streamers...wish I had started earlier. Caught 10+ on the streamer rig and quickly LDR’d what I’m pretty sure would have been a VERY nice brown.

    After the float ended I was beat but my buddy, who is the only guy I know who always wants to stay on the river longer than myself, wanted to go wade fish some more. So we went back up to the Texas Hole and fished the sunset. He went back to nymphs and did well...but I decided to go for the “trifecta” and tied on a dry rig...and sure enough got one to the net.

    Great day, pics below:











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    Default Re: San Juan during “lake turnover”?

    Life is like a box of chocolates...and a river runs through it. Or something like that.

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