On my first trip to the famous San Juan, it more than lived up to it's reputation. My first stop for a license, cold drink and advice was at Abe's about 2 in the afternoon. Nice, genuinely helpful people, things are looking up already. Back up river to the pullout suggested, rigged up with 6X, the two no. 26 flies, indicator and single 8 shot. This spot called Texas hole I came to find out was THE popular access and put in. It didn't take 15 minutes before the first fat 17" rainbow was to hand. That afternoon I wandered around the braids just upriver of the named hole and had consistent action from browns and rainbows to 20". 20/20 is not ambitious here. I fished tiny nymphs on a 10' 4wt the whole time but fish could be caught on dries or streamers if desired. This place is a fish factory. I'd arranged to fish the next day from a drift boat with Ryan McRorie from headsupflyfishing in Durango. This turned out to have extra advantages. We put in at the same access (Texas hole) and were into fish straight away. The first fish was a football rainbow, maybe 5 lbs. The action, like the day before, was constant rainbows and browns, even bigger than the day before as we were fishing more deep water. Ryan knows the river and bugs, put us on fish and was great company. The sky looked promising for dries that morning, but the wind was constant 20+ all day, so we nymphed only, if I told you how many fish I hooked you'd think I was lying. The extra advantage mentioned above was the realization that Durango was close enough to stay there and "commute" to the San Jaun. The drive takes less than an hour over good, scenic roads with not much traffic. You can stay out at the San Juan but Durango is a fantastic mountain town with a great vibe, offering just about anything, tons of places to eat and drink and range of lodging from modest to upscale. Plus the Animas river right in town is not half bad either, It looked a little high and off color but I caught 4 nice fish on my way to the airport saturday. The number of people fishing the San Juan obviously increased as the weekend approached. I was impressed at how friendly everyone was. Can't remember fishing anywhere this crowded and still relaxed, closer to Denver the "etiquette" wouldn't do at all, maybe it's just there's so many fish no one can be bothered.