Copyright 2014 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - San Juan River
Fly Line:
We recommend either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly line for the San Juan River. You only need
floating lines. You may want a sinking tip line for streamers and if you fish cold water.

Fly Rod:
You would want a fly rod to handle each of the above line sizes.  The 4, 5 and 6 weight fly
rods should be nine feet long. We would prefer a medium fast to fast action.

Fly Reel:
The reels for the 4, 5 or 6 weight lines should have good drags. They should be smooth
and adjust to fine increments.

You should be using at least a seven foot leader. A nine foot length would probably be the
best all around length. There are situations where 12 foot leaders may be needed. The
only exception would be when you are fishing streamers. You may want a shorter leader in
that case. You should have leaders in sizes ranging from 0X for streamers, up to 6X for
small flies like small BWOs and midges.

Carry extra tippet in sizes ranging from 0X to 6X.

Waders are necessary just about anywhere you fish the San Juan River. There are areas
you could fish from the banks, but you would be at a disadvantage many places. We
prefer the breathable type but you may need neoprene waders if you are fishing during
the winter.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles would be our choice.

Wading Staff:
The use of a wading staff would be a purely optional accessory.

Landing Net:
You certainly would want to consider a landing net.

Trout Flies:
We recommend "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of every important
insect that hatches on the San Juan River. We have excellent stonefly imitations that are
superior to any. If you haven't already done so, we invite you to try our "Perfect Flies". We
are confident you'll be glad you did. They are the most realistic and effective imitations you
can purchase. They have proven effective on the San Juan River in Colorado.
Free Shipping Continental U. S.
100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via
Priority Mail.