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Report at a Glance

General RegionNorthern New Mexico
Specific LocationSan Juan River
Time of Day11am-2pm
Fish CaughtRainbow Trout
Conditions & HatchesSmall midges, hatched around 11-12, and then just nymphing after.

Details and Discussion

McflyanglerDecember 23rd, 2016, 8:19 am
New Mexico, United States

Posts: 35
I actually made a video on my trip, check it out. I hooked up with 4 decent fish, and countless small ones.
Mc Fly Angler
WbranchDecember 23rd, 2016, 2:42 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2716
6X is very strong today and I've seen some that are 3.5# - 3.7# break strength. If you are breaking tippets you need more time on the river as many guys can easily subdue 20" and bigger trout on 6X. If the hook is coming out maybe you should consider using a hook with a larger gape that might stay in the mouth of the fish. You can even use a slightly larger hook like a #20 just still tie the pattern if the hook was a #24. Many hook manufacturers produce extra strong and extra short hooks in #20 - #22.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
FalsiflyDecember 26th, 2016, 6:27 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 660
One of the reasons I prefer a palming reel. I set the drag just tight enough to prevent the the spool from free spooling when I strip line. When the fish is on I get the line on the reel as quickly as possible then the palm provides almost instantaneous and highly variable drag when coupled with rod action.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."

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