Winter MIDGE Fly Fishing On The San Juan River Tailwater For Trout – McFly Angler Episode 1

If you haven’t ever fly fished the quality waters on the San Juan River in New Mexico, you are missing out. Trout are everywhere, and its difficult not to hook a few. The problem there though is that your best bet for hooking trout is with small midges in the 28-32 size verity. Also you need to use really light tippet like 6x. Flourocarbon is best. Because the river is fished quite heavily, the trout come accustom to knowing what is a fly, and what is not, so you need to fish really light. These are not small trout, and therefor its difficult to bring them in. The small hooks rip out of their mouths, and the light tippet snaps when you put any pressure on the fish. Fighting a large trout can take you 10-20 minutes before getting it in, and by that time you have lots of chances to loose them.

This trip was one of the more frustrating I have had on this river. I hooked 3 large trout, and lost all 3. One of those monsters was over 20″. Frustrating indeed. However I did manage to land countless other smaller fish. It was a great day though even working through the frustrations.

I was using a rod I tied myself. The blank, and components were purchased from the “hook and the hackle”. I find this rod to be excellent for the money, and a great streamer and larger nimphing rod. However it is a bit stiff for what I needed today, and the loss of 3 fish proved it. The rod always preforms well though, especially for casting. You can purchase this exact rod at

Here is a list of the other gear I was using today, and links to where you can buy them.
Sage 2250 Fly reel –
Rio Mainstream WF5F fly line –
Simms G3 Waders –
Simms Vapor Boots –

I think I would have faired better with a 4wt fly rod that had a bit more bend to it. Less pressure on the fish, and less chance of ripping that hook right out of their mouths. I even bent a hook on one of the fish.…

How To Fly Fish: Shooting Line At The End Of A Cast

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to shoot line at the end of a cast. Sometimes, the fish are just beyond your normal casting range, and you need a little extra distance. That’s when you need to shoot some line during the presentation cast.

The key is to wait until you see the loop unrolling in front of you before you release your grasp of the line. If you release too early, you end up feeding slack upward through the guides, which causes the flexed rod to “unload” and causing your cast to collapse altogether. You must retain your grip on the line until after the rod stops.…