The greens have been aerated, verticut, bio solids [poultry poop], second round of pre emergent and first sanding. I"M READY FOR SOME FISHING!!!!!!!!!!! My son and I are going the 24th and 25th. I cannot wait for the weather to cool down any longer. I have to get away from grass and get to some water. Are the log stops out yet? Anyone know the last stocking date? Is work being done at the rock pile on these dates?
No longer a short fat guy driving a Turf Dawg truck, I now have a Red Jeep lol. Say hello if you see me, I will be the one all wrapped up in his line trying to pick out knots and not catching fish but smiling. #fatpeoplearefunnyandhardtokidnap
The regular bi-weekly stocking was last week. Do the math as to the upcoming stockings. The stocking previous to last week included some awfully small ones but some decent ones are in the mix. I see by your post on that "other" fishing website that you took notice of the two part video shot by that fellow from Allen in which he states he kept a 20 incher out of the red zone on Sat. the 8th. He sure did land lotsa dinks on the Near Deere. Dunno 'bout the stop logs. Call the fly shop or the park to find out. You might very well encounter heavy machinery moving lotsa rocks around when you're there. If ya haven't been keeping up with what's what on the foundation site I've cut and pasted the following for ya:
LMFRF BOARD MEETING 10/8
Per Pat Waters of the LMFRF – 10/9/2016
Last night was the fall cookout and board meeting. A fantastic dinner was made again by Linda King and we all ate way too much. “Thank You Linda!” Tom Atwood did the grilling at the pavilion, as usual, and another fine job it was. Below is a brief recap of some of the main points covered. The rest will be available when I post the minutes.
The washed out bridge latest rumor is that it “may” be replaced in late spring sometime. The other chiller will be installed on the trout tank in the nature center next month. The Game Wardens have not been using the drone because there has been an issue getting a federal license. Don Groom (including Jay, Kyle, and Jennifer) of the ODWC spoke for about an hour catching us up on all sorts of things. Main point: Some big upper Evening Hole work will start in a couple of weeks with some VERY big equipment that the Foundation is helping to rent. We have committed to spending up to $5,000 to help them get the equipment they need. Spillway flows have been lowered to 120cfs now that we are into the fall period and temps should not be an issue through to spring. ODWC is doing a trade with Montana – brown trout for bluegills. Go figure. Tyler Farling, our esteemed OSU grad student, gave us a run-down on the paper he published on the rainbow trout reproducing in the LMFR tributaries. He also updated us on the bug life being found on Spillway. Next year’s meeting dates are 2/25 Mystery Fly and meeting, 6/24, and 10/7 pot luck dinner. Mark your calendars.
Per Me – 10/4/2016
The October LMFRF Board meeting is this Saturday, October 8 at 5:00 pm at Stevens Gap Pavilion.
Per Me – 9/20/2016
The Hex hatch has been surprisingly good this year with excellent fishing towards sundown. The ODWC has improved stocking areas and the fishing is slowly improving all over. Good fishing has been found from the old Pillar Hole area all the way up to Spillway Dam and from the Bluff down to the 40′ Hole. From Don Groom, ODWC:
As many of you already now, in the past couple of months we have removed the Lost Creek Diversion, re-worked the cold hole/bluff channels, and have been making improvements to stocking roads/locations. Last week we completed all of the stocking access areas rehabilitation and removed the upper Lost Creek gate. In an effort to help us mitigate against any negative impacts to naturally occurring reproduction in the work area, I asked Tyler Farling to walk the Evening Hole area with us last Thursday to discuss his recent findings . We will be taking his information into consideration as we contemplate redistribution of the sediment pile at the upper end of evening hole. At this time we are planning on leaving the braided channels intact and modifying the area at the base of the sediment pile to create a better confluence of the the multiple channels. We have also identified areas that we can improve/place in-stream structure down to the Evening Hole bridge. Any work to be done on the pile and to the area channel will likely not begin until at least the second week of Oct, I have expressed to the COE and State Park that I will provide a work plan and anticipated schedule in the next couple of weeks prior to any work. If there are no objections to what we propose we will proceed as equipment and staff allow. Thank you for your patience and cooperation, Don
Last Edit: Oct 17, 2016 20:28:27 GMT -6 by Fenwick
I was there two weekends ago and I wondered if the rock pile would be moved any time soon. This is great news. I would love more information on what Tyler Farling's research has found. I have fished the LMF several times since the floods, but this was my first time in about 5 months; I couldn't believe how different a few sections had become even in that 5 months. Lots for me to learn:) Thanks for your update!
Apparently the signage announcing that the Cold Hole is now entirely within the restricted red zone was not well received by the catch n' keep / bait n' bucket brigades. New replacement signs to come.
In my Evening Hole bridge parking area banter with Pat Waters on Sunday Oct. 9 he mentioned the upcoming improvements along the river would not be limited to the October work but the anticipation is that the work would be a progressive effort over time as future funding and permissions allow. What doesn't get done sooner would eventually be addressed later.
Tyler Farling collected some of the resident aquatic insects and placed them on display in Eddie and Roberta's shop. Kinda neat touch for the shop.
All good stuff!
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2016 20:17:44 GMT -6 by Fenwick
Thanks, Grant! Y'all, I'm going to get to try the famous San Juan River come Thanksgiving week. I'm busy stocking up on tiny midge and baetis imitations. I'm getting really excited. I'm only probably going to get one day to fish down there. The wife and I are spending the week with my sister's family in Durango. I can't be the jerk who deserted the family to go fishing all week. (Hmmm, or can I? **Weighs options, compares costs of all kinds.** Nope, better not.) I've been debating getting a guide. The problem is, I have a somewhat firm activity budget. I can probably afford a guide one time this season. I kind of want to hire Peter one day this winter for some LMF coaching. Otherwise it would be no decision. So, I'm going to try flying solo at the Juan. I need all the tips I can get from anyone who's been there and knows the San Juan tailwater at all. There's a really nice interactive map posted by one of the local shops I've been poring over to get something of a clue. I'm trying to avoid spending a large part of my one day floundering about trying to find where to fish or something.
However, since I'm staying in Durango, I imagine it will be possible also for me to slip away a couple of early mornings to the Animus. I'm thinking my 6 wt in the early AM with some simi-seal leeches tied from the simi-seal dubbing I just purchased for some post-spawn browns.
Post by underhillsbill on Oct 21, 2016 21:01:53 GMT -6
I'm no expert but I'll throw in my experience on the San Juan. The folks at Abe's Fly Shop on the San Juan River are always helpful and happy to talk flies and river locations/access. I've had the most fun and most success in the upper flats area and the Braids area. Great sight fishing, fish are just everywhere. The upper flats are pretty easy to access too especially when you don't know the area. Park at the Texas hole near the church and walk up river to the Braids and Upper flats (main channel is great too). The parking lot often looks crowded but the river is so big there is always plenty of spots to fish. Nymph rigs with sz 20-26 midges/baetis. Great place, you'll love it.
Thanks, Bill! I'm thinking that in the early AM I'll wade upstream from the Texas Hole area, concentrating on fishing with midges, larvae, SJW's, egg patterns. In the afternoon, drive down to the Munoz parking area and fish the Lower Flats with baetis imitations like a size 24 parachute Adams trailed by the same size RS2. Rough plan, so far.
Observations that have nothing to do with fishing techniques there on the San Juan below the dam but anyway... In my two trips there Aug. of 2010 there in the current going past my feet in the shallows I saw not just ordinary bits and pieces of everyday organic debris going by but also the actual San Juan worms just as the artificial flies we use depict. They were a dark reddish-brownish color rather than pink or fire engine red. Live and learn. Caught some awfully sluggish rainbows that barely gave a fight considering their size as if they had recently been caught before and were exhausted. Caught quite a few with old deteriorating nymphs in their jaws. Some of these old ones came out easily enough, others went back in with the trout. Dunno if there are barbless rules there but if so they obviously weren't being followed with what I was finding. Also, you more experienced ones there have no doubt observed that high strung wire that goes across the river just below Texas Bend, the wire which has what looks like a bell of some kind hanging from it midway across the river. Couldn't really tell what it was. What the heck is that thing hanging from that high strung cable anyway?
Last Edit: Oct 24, 2016 19:53:46 GMT -6 by Fenwick
Well fellows, I'm getting ready. I am fixing to take a break from tying Olive Near Deers and some Squirminators and start packing the Jeep. Leave out around 6 and stop in Sherman at Longhorn Irrigation to pick up a irrigation valve and then the all important stop at the all u can eat Grandy's breakfast bar.
Fenwick--what you experienced at the San Juan is not abnormal. Yes, rules call for barbless but like everywhere else, people do not always follow the rules. Also, it is very difficult for some to smash the barb fully on a #20 midge. To get it right, one sometimes needs the right tool. You are also right about the fish being sluggish--some have been caught many, many times and have learned it is easier to succumb than resist--"resistance is futile!"
The thing you saw hanging off the cable is likely either a weight to keep the cable from moving too much in high winds, or it is a sight marker for low fliers like helicopters. Of course. some such danglers double as both.
Man that wasn't really my experience at the San Juan at all. Maybe that's the case in the wade fishing only section above the Texas Hole. but in the float we did from Texas Hole downstream we caught some healthy, quality fish that were full of fight, including one brown that went close to 20 inches, and were lucky enough to have some dry fly action on a size 26 parachute adams. I really enjoyed fishing the Juan, although it was sort of a madhouse.