WFS 329 – San Juan River Fly Fishing with Larry hersman from Taos Rods
Show Notes: wetflyswing.com/329
Presented By: Jackson Hole Fly Company, Trxstle, Zoe Angling Group
Larry Hersman, the creator of Taos Rods, tells us about his trout spey rods. We find out the advantages of spey rods that are shorter than usual, how they cast, and are they the future of spey rods? We also dig into San Juan River fly fishing – we discover why this was said to be the best trout stream in the world during the winter, and why Larry describes it as “better than heaven” during the ant hatch.
Plus, we talk about Larry’s old job as an Environmental Scientist – how his research and publications had a significant impact on that field.
San Juan River Fly Fishing Show Notes with Larry Hersman
03:30 – 50 years ago, Larry and his friend Jack drove up to Anchorage Alaska. On the way, Jack taught him how to fly fish and the first fish he caught was an arctic grayling.
05:50 – The San Juan Worm fly pattern works great on the San Juan river
06:30 – Larry started spey casting in the Skeena River
09:00 – Their trout spey rods are 3 wt 7 foot and 5wt 9 foot – shorter than the usual 11 foot
11:45 – Larry shares some tips on the recommended line setup for a 3 wt 7-foot spey rods
15:00 – You can dry fly fish with spey casting
15:45 – Larry spends most of his time in the Rio Grande river because it’s only an hour away from where he stays. The San Juan river is about 3 hours away.
16:30 – Rio Chiquito is only 20 mins away from where Larry lives
17:25 – Larry shares some tips on the recommended line setup for a 5 wt 9-foot spey rods
18:00 – The Olympic Peninsula Skagit Tactics has been a leader in developing the light skagit line. Scientific Anglers, Rio, and Airflo also produce great lines
19:30 – Larry describes casting at the fly fishing show pool in Denver
28:40 – 2 things make the San Juan river unique
27:50 – At the end of May, they release a slug of water to mimic national runoff
29:50 – The word on the San Juan years ago used to be.. it was the best trout stream in the world in the winter because of the warm conditions, the fish are still feeding
30:50 – The ant fall or the carpenters hatch happens in early July and the fish go nuts for them. Size 22, 24, and 26 tiny flies with a 5x or 6x tippet work great
31:30 – 90% of the fish you catch in the San Juan river are rainbows but there are brown trout below the quality water
33:10 – Taylor Streit was on the podcast at WFS 313
35:20 – Taylor wrote books about fly fishing New Mexico
35:45 – The Taos Pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States (since 1100 AD)
45:10 – The summer is when Larry recommends to fish the San Juan river. Wait 2 or 3 weeks after the river has come down – so start about the early June
46:05 – Call Abe’s Fly Shop to check if the ant fall happens and get there as soon as possible
47:10 – Larry picks the Zebra Midge (size 26) as his go-to fly when fishing the San Juan river. Join the Top Fly Challenge and enter your favorite fly to win a box of flies
48:12 – Tim Cammisa was on the podcast at WFS 285
48:58 – If you go to the Texas hole, that’s the first huge hole on the river. The down side is, if you only target the Texas hole, you’re going to be with a dozen other people
50:30 – We talk about the Los Alamos area. There’s a film being shot there right now about Robert Oppenheimer, the “father of the atomic bomb”.
51:45 – Larry always came to Taos to go skiing
53:30 – Larry talks about how the soil micro organisms could affect the movement of the radioactive nuclear tides and some other scientific stuff
55:45 – Larry Hersman’s got some publications you can find on Google
San Juan River Fly Fishing Conclusion with Larry Hersman
So there you go. We discovered why his trout spey rods are great especially for people who are having shoulder problems or have limited strength like children, women, and older folks. You can reach out to Larry at email@example.com or visit his website to find out more about these short spey rods.
We also discovered some good stuff about the San Juan River. So now we already know when’s the best time to fish there. Check in with Abe’s Fly Shop to find out when the ant hatch begins. If you’ve been there during the ant hatch and the winter, tell us about your experience or send me some photos on Instagram at @wetflyswing.
Show Notes: wetflyswing.com/329