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29th May - (Brad) We fished the San Juan over the last few days.  The river continues to fish very well.  Most fish are being caught on grey and black big macs and grey and black kf emergers.  There were lots of fish up rising this afternoon with lots of midge clusters.  The #24 parachute Adams worked very well.  We also hooked lots on top with a small foam beetle

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26th May - (Cole) Fishing on the San Juan is excellent at the moment.  We worked up through the braids on Saturday and had a great time.  Fishing was consistent all morning and had best luck on a #20 chocolate foam back emerger.  Also a #20 flashback pheasant tail.  Mid-day we switched to dries and took a few nice bows on a #14 griffiths gnat and a #16 parachute adams.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful river.  The flows are still low at the present time but doesn't seem to matter much to the fish!!  Stop by the shop for your fishing gear and any advice!!

 

24th May - (Ben) The fishing has been hot on the Juan the last couple of days. We have seen quite a bit of success on a variety of patterns including #20 red midge and off yellow eggs. Our secret weapon for the big boys have been an olive bugger size 6. T

The shop has these in stock. I seriously would go buy them all because they work everywhere. Lights out fishing and great weather ahead. Time to start planning your trip in southwest Colorado.

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21st May - (Cole) Fished the Juan with Rick and Brandon on Friday May 17. It continues to fish well despite the low flows which are around 300 cfs. We focused our efforts above Texas Hole up through the braids. The best action was from 8am - noon with fish eating the red larva sz. 22, olive Juju midge sz. 22, chocolate & black foamback emerger sz. 22. Griffith gnat's and I can see it Midge in the afternoon for dries fly action.

Everywhere one looked fish were bubbling at the surface. The gnat was a big sz. 12 but any sz. would work and the I can see it midge had an orange parachute in a sz. 18. It was about 50/50 between the 2 dries. It's getting hot down there and early starts are key.

 

6th May - (Ben) I guided 3 of the last 4 days down here including 2 float trips and a wade. The fishing is really amazing right now. Most of our luck in the mornings up high were on red midge larva. The trick with the red larva is to get the flies with the red hooks and chartreuse ribbing. They look red but there is actually some chartreuse translucent ribbing on it. At any rate, that in size 20 was dynamite! We were using eggs and leeches as attractors.

On the wade fishing above texas hole, don't be afraid to throw a large size 2 articulated olive streamer! We caught some nice fish on that streamer. The exact fly is in the SJA shop in Durango. Pick a few up before your next trip. The tactic that worked was to sight fish the big ones and cast the streamer two or three feet above it and make it mad enough to strike!!

It is a good time to be fishing right now on the Juan.

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1st May - (Cole) We fished the San Juan up through the Braids above Texas Hole.  The river was fairly busy but I was able to find my own water and avoid most of the crowds.  The river was flowing around 700 cfs but it has cleared up.  The visibility was somewhere around 1.5 to 2.5 feet.  Still need to check your flies every 4 or 5 casts as there is still floating debris.  I started off with a red larva as my point fly and a brown UV emerger as a trailer.  Most of the action was on the red larva.  A switched to a black squirrell leech and caught the best fish of the day at the upper flats.  In the afternoon fish were rising to midges and BWO's so I put on a Griffiths Gnat and had some great action.  Fill free to call the shop for more info as the water levels are changing often.  Get out and enjoy the weather!!!

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29th April - (Brad) San Juan past couple of days had flows of about 650cfs with clarity of 1 1/2 - 2 ft.  The river fished well both days.  Best flies were:  Red D-Midge, Ginger Bunny Leech,  and Chamois leech on upper river.  Lower river fished best with JujuBaetis and Choc. Foam backs.

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29th April - As a result of warmer weather and increasing river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 650 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).

 

26th April - As a result of warmer weather and increasing river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 800 to 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 29, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).

 

23rd April - (Ben) "Anything red has been working" reports Ben for the San Juan. So try midge larva and analids deep down and clean your hooks often because with reservoir is still turning over and which the releases up to 800cfs there is a bit of material in the water to contend with. There are also midges and BWO's coming off in the back eddies and fish are taking them off the surface so be prepared to throw a dry if the opportunity presents itself. In addition try bunny leeches with a little flash, drift them and intermittently "pop" them and let them drift again. The fishing has been good but with the material in the water be patient and work to keep you rig clear.

7th April - (Nick) The Juan is starting to fish like it is spring! The fish below ET rock are moving consistently to baetis imitations, provided its not too windy, and the usual spring attractor flies such as sparkle worms, and woolly buggers. The river up top is a junk fishery at the moment as the reservoir is in the spring turnover so clean your flies regularly to keep them drifting well. The better tactic is white streamers and san juan worms fished on the bottom for big fish.

31st March - Ben - We got a late start on the day and had to fish during the only slow part on the Juan. We rallied after lunch and the fishing turned on! Another bonus was all of the fish were over 17 inches in the afternoon. We landed a 22 inch rainbow, a 20 inch rainbow, and a 19 inch brown among others! Talk about quality. We landed almost all of the big ones on streamers. Olive and Black Streamers were the ticket is size 6 and size 8. Although the brown ate a size 22 black zebra midge with a black bead head. The San Juan Angler has a great selection of streamers. Get a few and strip them off of the banks down on the Juan. You may find yourself with a dream fish!

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25th March - BUREAU OF RECLAMATION

NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

March 25, 2013

As a result of a lower river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 350 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, March 25, 2013 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell). 

The San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program recommends a target base flow of between 500 cfs and 1,000 cfs through the critical habitat area.  The target base flow is calculated as the weekly average of gaged flows throughout the critical habitat area.

 

20th March - Ben - Today was another amazing wade fish on the San Juan. But, it started out a lot differently than normal. We had some winds and colder weather early which delayed the baetis until after noon. Because of the slower bug action we had to rely on our attractor patterns and standard midge fare to catch fish. Between the three guys, we had about 10 fish through the slow period. After noon, we were able to run the baetis flies like the grey rs2 or the grey wd-40 in size 22 and things really took off! Both of these great flies are stocked at the SJA shop currently. There also seemed to be a few more people wading than floating today. Not that many boats on the water. See you out there next time!

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12th March - (Ben) Fishing has been excellent on the Juan. The ideal tactic is to start at Texas hole and focus on getting down deep. We were having success on red midge larva as well as black zebra midges is size 18-22.

Later in the afternoon, we are getting most fish on Woolly Buggers in Olive and Black. At the very end of the day we even rigged up dual buggers! The fish are crushing it! Hard to believe it is only March with fishing like this.

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3rd March - (Cole) We had a great day on the San Juan River with Clay and Kara.  The fishing was fantastic!  The best action was in the braids with olive/orange/black leech patterns with a red midge as a trailer.  Egg pattern have been effective as well.  The weather was beautiful and still not many folks on the water.  This is a perfect time of year to explore the Juan!! 

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17th February (Cole) We hit the San Juan on Valentines Day and it was great fishing.  The temperatures were in the mid 40s and there was only 3 other cars at the Texas Hole parking lot at 10am when we arrived.  We basically had the river to ourselves. We fished up through the braids and caught a bunch of fish with a handful measuring over 18 inches.  Most of the action was on egg patterns.  Any pink, yellow, orange size 10-18 were consistantly hooking fish.  Later I changed to a Olive squirrel leech sz. 12 and finished the day with that fly.  So much fun and a really great time of year to be out on the water.  My friend Mike was down there also and caught a really solid Rainbow in a nice run above the braids on an egg pattern. 

4th February

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES February 4, 2013

As a result of decreased river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an increase in the release from Navajo Reservoir from
250 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The release is then scheduled to decrease from 500 cfs to 350 cfs on Thursday, February  7, 2013 beginning at 8:00 am. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and  to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the  San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).

22nd January

As a result of increased river flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled a decrease in the release from Navajo Reservoir from 350 to 250 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 beginning at 7:00 a.m. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to 
maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).

The San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program recommends a target base flow of between  500 cfs and 1,000 cfs through the critical habitat area. The target base flow is calculated as the  weekly average of gaged flows throughout the critical habitat area.

 

20th January - (Cole) The San Juan fishing is excellent out at the moment.  The temperatures have warmed up a bit and the crowds are still no where in sight!  I have been wading above Texas Hole and fishing has been great with some bigger fish.

Most of the action has been on a squirrel leech #8-12 in orange, olive, natural and black.  Also, fish the red larva, white UFO, gray/black Big Mac and egg variations as a trailing fly. 

If you enjoy casting dries during the winter, this is the place.  In the afternoons the fish are starting to rise in every direction.  Try a Grittiths Gnat or a adult dry midge #18-24.  Streamers and woolly buggers have been moving fish in the later hours of the day.

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Perfect conditions. And no-one here.

12th January - (Brian) We had great fishing all day. There are no crowds and the flow is perfect at 350cfs
The best technique is to slow strip rabbit fur streamers or slumpbusters in natural and olive colors. Also try red and white larva patterns sz 20-24.

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As noted above we keep an archive of past reports on the San Juan River in our San Juan River report Archive

Also see our separate Animas and local Durango River fishing reports.

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