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I'm heading out to visit some family near Pagosa Springs next weekend. I know it's colder there, does anyone know if there is any open water or is everything still iced up? If it is open I'm guessing small midges? Any info/thoughts would be great. Thanks.
 

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I've never fished that area, but the San Juan flows right through Pagosa Springs. My guess would be that through town, or at least in/around the hot springs that flow into the SJ, you'll find open water. Small midges as a trailer fly along with a rubber leg stone, copper john , pt, egg or even san juan worm point fly would be places to start. BWOs maybe another option as well. I'd chuck streamers for a bit to mix things up as well.

DOW fish survey for the San Juan in Pagosa
http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/6434DEF1-73D1-490D-B4BA-00B3B97A129D/0/SanJuanRiverPagosaSprings.pdf

I'd be interested in hearing about your tip when you get back if you don't mind sharing.

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There would definitely be some open water near the hot springs. Above town, probably not, or at least there wasn't this time last year or the year before. There are a couple of fly shops down there that might be worth giving a call to.

Let it Fly - http://www.flyfishpagosa.com/

Wolf Creek Anglers - http://www.wolfcreekanglers.com/

I've never been to either shop, so I make no claims about either of them.
 

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Look at the Piedra river. Also, drive an hour south to the San Juan below Navajo Dam and have fun with the afternoon baetis hatch!
 

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Thanks for your thoughts. We'll be about 20 miles south of town and I am hoping to make a little escape on one of the afternoons if possible. There is a river near the cabin but I'm betting it's frozen and the only chance to fish will be if I can't get into town. I'm also hoping to get back there sometime this summer, as the last time I fished there I was just a kid and had tied some line and a hook I found onto a stick. I'll let you know how it goes.
 

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The Animas in Durango has been fishing pretty well, although that will be about an hour drive for you. The Juan in Pagosa should be open enough to fish. I wouldn't try the Piedra, most of the access is in a canyon so can stay frozen a bit longer, but may be worth it to check out.

I would say your best bet would be on the Juan in Pagosa, beadhead nymphs should do you solid.
 

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I drove through Pagosa on Sunday the 6th-river was really choked with ice and snow through town. Some of the water West of town looked open but low. Animas in Durango was open but report at Duranglers was that it was pretty spotty-fish weren't actively feeding. Everybody I talked to said fish the Juan below Navajo in NM.
 

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I drove through Pagosa on Sunday the 6th-river was really choked with ice and snow through town. Some of the water West of town looked open but low. Animas in Durango was open but report at Duranglers was that it was pretty spotty-fish weren't actively feeding. Everybody I talked to said fish the Juan below Navajo in NM.
I worked at Duranglers for a while, a great shop and great dudes! Fish are not actively feeding on bugs, but I have been doing pretty solid with large streamers. Although we just got a bit of snow so it may slow the fishing down even more for a few days.
 

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Well, I did manage to get out and there was plenty of open water, just not a lot of luck. I'm sure there were fish in there but either they could not see what I was throwing or I need to work more on my skills....

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Tried midges, PT, egg patterns, SJ worms, buggers, and griffeths gnat but not even a nibble... the water was very muddy with runoff from the warmer weather. If I would have had more time, I would have tried below the dam, but wasn't able to make it out there.

For the future, any tips for that muddy water? Avoid it? One of my friends suggested I should have tried a spinner...
 

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Well, I did manage to get out and there was plenty of open water, just not a lot of luck. I'm sure there were fish in there but either they could not see what I was throwing or I need to work more on my skills....

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Tried midges, PT, egg patterns, SJ worms, buggers, and griffeths gnat but not even a nibble... the water was very muddy with runoff from the warmer weather. If I would have had more time, I would have tried below the dam, but wasn't able to make it out there.

For the future, any tips for that muddy water? Avoid it? One of my friends suggested I should have tried a spinner...
Streamers, big ones, sizes 4-1/0, black, olive, or brown. Early on in the season like this, you may want get it deep, so some weight on that as well. Slower retreive as the fish are somewhat more lethargic. Not a gaurntee but has worked well for me many times early in the season.
 

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Thanks for sharing the report. Too bad the water was off color. I normally would try streamers or some larger or brighter color flies - stoneflies, san juan worms, etc.. Sometimes moving up or down stream a ways (with the exception of full on runoff) you may find better conditions.
 
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