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Well this video was a few months in the making. On my 2nd episode I met Joe out on the river. We were both fishing the San Juan River and struck up a conversation. He told me he made fly reels, so I was obviously instantly interested in taking a look at these reels. When I first saw the reel, I was blown away by the beauty of the design. It really is a pretty reel. However I hadn't gotten to fish with it until today. After fishing with it, I feel that the reel is really well made. Unfortunately I didnt get to hook any fish that stripped drag, however I could tell that it was smooth by just stripping line off. Also, while fishing with it, I liked the click sounds (very quiet which is good) and I liked how light the reel was. However it was solid feeling, unlike some super light reels that are hollow. This is really solid and really high quality.

So the day on the San Juan was kinda slow to say the least. We didn't even see a single fish hooked by anyone until probably 11:30 or so. But even at that, it was few and far between. Finally after hitting Texas Hole around 1:00 the action picked up a bit and Joe was able to hook 3 fish and bring in 2 of them. One was a really good sized brown! 24" or so. So the day was fun even though it wasn't super productive. Its always great having someone else on the river with you as well. We enjoyed ourselves even though we weren't bringing fish in left and right.

The San Juan River is a great river located in the north west corner of New Mexico. The river usually fishes amazing, and all through the year. However the last few weeks have been kinda slow as the river flows have been up and down and the weather isn't always permitting for nice fishing days. But there have been days on this river where I have netted 20+ trout. Its fun to fish and you will see trout everywhere when the water is clear. They will come up and nip at your waders.

 

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Good stuff. Suggestion, after a day or 2 of rain, use a SJ Worm as your top bug and a midge or baetis as your bottom. In the slower deep water red works well. In the faster, more shallow current, like the braids, try a burnt orange. Thanks for sharing.
 

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A fellow club member was just down there (week or so back). He was throwing the typical plain red hook and hammered the fish. We had a good laugh about "tying" the best pattern for the Juan. Said his biggest was around 20" but lots in the 15-18" range. I'm torn about the Juan. Too many people most of the time and I loath driving Red Mtn. pass in the winter.

Thanks for the vid!!!! Always nice to see something NEW.
 

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Good stuff. Suggestion, after a day or 2 of rain, use a SJ Worm as your top bug and a midge or baetis as your bottom. In the slower deep water red works well. In the faster, more shallow current, like the braids, try a burnt orange. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the suggestions. I will try it.
 

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A fellow club member was just down there (week or so back). He was throwing the typical plain red hook and hammered the fish. We had a good laugh about "tying" the best pattern for the Juan. Said his biggest was around 20" but lots in the 15-18" range. I'm torn about the Juan. Too many people most of the time and I loath driving Red Mtn. pass in the winter.

Thanks for the vid!!!! Always nice to see something NEW.
Thanks, glad you liked it! Yes, I had a guide for the Juan last week tell me about just a plain red hook, I need to go pick some up... Makes my pre-tie game much easier. HAHA
 
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