Friday, April 10, 2015

Fly Fishing Rendezvous, Denver, CO

If you are around and want to do something "fishy" this weekend, stop by and say hi.  I'd love to chat about fishing and tying the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers. 
For more info, click here

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BWO Time!!

After spending some time on the water the last few weeks, now is the time to get moving and make sure you have those patterns you rely on.  Right now, it's BWO time.  You have to make sure you have the lifecycle of this bug, from nymph to emerge to dun.  I've had a couple days with fish looking and feeding on duns on the Arkansas River.  They were also feeding well on nymphs and emergers too, so don't ignore that stage of the lifecycle.  I've attached a video of the CDC Sparkle Dun.  It's a go to pattern for me on top and it's an easy fly to tie.  I used a TMC 2488 hook on this video, but you can certainly use a standard TMC 100 or 101 hook.  Get out and have fun!
CDC Sparkle Dun from Juan Ramirez-Hopper Juan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Action (Help) needed for New Mexico.

****NOTE:  I completely stole this from Chiwulff******
I felt there was no need to tell the same story in my own words.  I hope nobody minds.  This is important.

From the “say it ain’t so, Joe” file here’s some very critical access news out of New Mexico.
Kudos to the Utah Stream Access Coalition for getting this information out yesterday (from their email) –
On Friday, in the final minutes before the New Mexico legislative session adjourned, in an all-too-familiar fashion, stream access there was stripped from the public and handed over to private interests. Just like that, our concerns that another state could follow Utah’s lead on stream access went from possibility to reality. We are all in this together, and that’s why it’s important for you, as USAC members, to step up and take action.
The bill in New Mexico, SB 226, restricts access to rivers and streams that cross over private property, like HB 141 in Utah. It passed the House on a 32-31 vote, and is now sitting on New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s desk. She is expected to sign the bill into law by the end of the week. This is where we can help. Educate Governor Martinez on why she must VETO SB 226.
I haven’t had time to research this fully (I’m lying in a recovery room at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as I post this morning), though as the bill appears to lack definition of navigability (for one thing) it appears to be a set up further legal wrangling and the potential for progressive trouble as have been seen in Utah.
And legal precedent, however misguided, can strengthen the case for encroachment in other locations and states down the road.
There are always two sides to any argument but at first glance this looks like a genuine push-the-shitty-bill-through-on-the-last-day-of-the-session bad idea.
Make the call or fire an email to the guv today.
More to come.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Summer Time PMD Box

I was asked by a follower of this blog to post a photo of my recently updated summertime PMD fly box that was posted to my Facebook site with some information on what patterns I had in there and what I carry.  I haven't had a specific PMD box in the past, but after falling in love with fishing them and tying them, I had a few lying around.  I gathered them all up and started filling a box.  So here it is with names of flies for all of them.  All are size 18 & 20. Notice that there are a few Sparkle/Comparaduns in there.  All of these have a time and place. If you have any questions, please let me know.  Shoot me an e-mail.  Thanks for tuning in!  Come on summer and PMD hatches!  After the BWOS and Caddis hatches...of course!  

There is a BWO box also.  I still need to fill one row.  I couldn't leave it empty.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snowpack update

It's been snowing a bit tin the hills and that translates to great skiing and snowboarding right now, but in a few months that water will be coming downhill during the annual runoff.  Things are looking good for Colorado and things are really looking up for Southwest Colorado which was struggling  a few weeks ago.  Here is the latest map and percentages of normal.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PMD Dry Fly Box

This past weekend, I finally got around to gathering all my PMD dry flies in one box.  As some of you know, I have been on a PMD kick since last summer when I fished them a lot and enjoyed the hell out of it.  The plan is this summer to throw a lot of these.  I am now working on a BWO box also.  That's coming up very soon, so I better get it done.
Don't mind that gap in there.  I'll get it filled before I hit the water.  

Have a great day!


Monday, February 23, 2015

The Fly Fishing Rendezvous

Just a quick note for you guys to mark on your calendars.  On April 11th & 12th, The Fly Fishing Rendezvous will be in Lakewood, CO.  I will be there tying flies along a few if the best tiers in CO.  Take a look at the enlisted on the website:
There will be more info to follow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I am back!

I am back in business!  I got my computer repaired.  It only* cost me 1/3 of what it was originally quoted at.  It's good to have 2nd opinions.

I was at the West Denver TU Fly Tying event this past weekend.  It was a good time as usual, but I was a bit disappointed at the turnout.  It's been hard getting people to attend events when the weather has been late spring like and there are other things to do like mark off a few chores off the honey-do list.  I had a tying demo last week, or at least tried to do a demo last week in Denver.  It was 75 degrees.  Can you guess how many people showed up?

Hopefully I have more videos posted up as well as photo step by step along with more product reviews on this blog this year.  Stay tuned and thank you for sticking around!

Nancy Cloos-Nettell twisting up some bugs
Casey Dunnigan's Dunn Dunn
Dunn Duun

The Man


Friday, February 6, 2015

Fly Tying Demo at The Denver Flyshop

Join me tomorrow, 02/07,15 at The Denver Fly Shop for a fly tying demo.  I'll be there tying up some of my favorite small flies covering BWOs, PMDs and midges as well as some of my favorite foam flies such as Hollywood Hoppers, Amy's Ants, Chubby Chernobyls and Hopper Juans.  It will be a great time!!  I hope to see you there@ 9am.
The Denver Fly Shop
1699 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222

Monday, January 26, 2015

Oh Snap!

It's been a bit tough for me lately getting a blog post up.  I am still without my own computer to use, upload photos, edit and all that good stuff that goes into blogging.  I've had some other issues to deal with as well, such as taking care of my wife.  2 weeks ago, she was headed over to the neighbors house to pick up some free Broncos tickets to the AFC Divisional game.  Outside the house, she slipped on some ice and broke her wrist.  Last week she had surgery and things are getting better by the day.  We go in tomorrow to have the stitches out.
As for tying goes, I am still tying up parachutes and Sparkle/Compara duns.  Later down the road, I'll do a post about tying with hair and choosing hair for these patterns.  I have a lot of ideas in my noggin about future tying posts.  I have some tying to do for the area shops and some custom ties for locals and some flies that are going to get fished in New Zealand.   Stick with me....I'll be back to posting videos and other content after I get my computer fixed.  For now, enjoy a few patterns I tied this weekend and start day dreaming about throwing dries to rising fish in a warm summer breeze.  I've been doing that since November!
Natural colored quill-#16
#16 Tan X Caddis

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Denver Fly Fishing Show Time.

This is one of my favorite times of the year.  Fresh off a Christmas Vacation, the Fly Fishing Show brings together fly fishing's best tiers, authors, friends, vendors, and shoppers.  With so much to see, it's a great break from the winter time blues.  Once again, I will be sitting somewhere on tier's row twisting up some of my favorite bugs.  This year, I want to show you some great Compara Duns, Sparkle Duns and biot bodied parachutes, along with some other patterns to break it up a bit.  Let me know if you want to see something particular and I'll see if I can take the materials.  I hope to see you there!  

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy New Year!!!

This year, I hope to blog more, provide more fishing and tying info for you all and show more photos.

Problem computer is down and out, so getting off to a great start will be a bit hard to do until I get it fixed.  If anyone out there wants to offer up a few hundred $$$$s, to help out the Hopper Juan please shot me an e-mail!!  Just kidding.   No, but really......

Next week, I'll be in Denver for the Denver Fly Fishing Show sitting on tier's row, twisting up some different bugs.  I hope to see you there.

Happy New Year.

Hopper Juan