June 27, 2019
We took off this time to fish some of the famed portions of the San Juan having forgotten where Curtis told us to fish. I didn't want to bother him again so I decided to check out the Texas Hole. I figured being our first time here we'd really need to experience the world famous sections of the river.
After changing for a smaller split shot I started fishing. Within a few handful of casts I managed my first San Juan trout. The fish was in the 16-17 inch range. I moved upstream and made a cast upstream stripping the line in and was on once again. This time after a brief fight my tippet broke at the knot. Some cursing ensued as I rerigged my leaders system. Not long after that I managed another fish and actually had him in the net for just a brief second before he escaped and headed downstream on me to break off again. I'd break off on fish multiple times in the morning. Not sure if it was bad knots or bad tippet. May have been tippet as I actually broke off multiple times day before when fishing with Curtis.
I finally found Kelly and he was frustrated so I tried to help him out. We changed out his flies for smaller ones. For the nest hour or so we'd see multiple fish but couldn't get any to take. These fish will hover downstream of you collect all the aquatics you dislodge. Eventually I'd meet up with the guide I saw earlier. After exchanging pleasantries we began talking again I told him we were headed toward Colorado. This guide was actual guiding out or Durango, for Duranglers, and his client also from Colorado, they both told me that it would be better to stay in New Mexico. All the rivers and creeks are blown out in Colorado. "Unfishable" they said. Well we had no choice but to carry on. The entire trip was based around seeing Ouray. We talked some more and found out the guide is a SoCal native from the San Bernardino mountains. We wished each other luck before leaving.