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San Juan River(CFS 438) Fishing Conditions are excellent on the Juan with unseasonable warm temps and some great hatches.  The midges and coming off strong and fish are rising to clusters and Gnats.  Also the Blue Wing Olive Baetis hatch has been prevalent.  Nymphing with olive, black, gray and chocolate larvas and emergers has been producing most of the day.  Juju Baetis sz 20-28, Action RS2's sz 22-26, cream larvas sz 22-26 and Micro Baetis sz. 20-26 have been a good fly choice.  Also don't forget some Olive, black and natural colored leeches.  Cold weather is on the way but don't be afraid. 


The San Juan River is running at 635 cubic ft/sec and is fishing pretty well at the moment. The fish are seeing a lot of pressure so light and delicate rigging will increase the action. Bugs are still ranging from 20-28 mostly midge larva in black, red and gray. Also emergers such as Juju Beatis, RS2's and biot midges. Try to stick to basic colors with your indicators like white and black. Big brightly colored indicators are turning fish away. Stop by the shop for any supplies or gear for the river and see you out there!!


(Mark) Couple of nice rainbows brought to hand on the San Juan River by Gary who was Nymphing with a 11 foot 5 weight switch rod. Visibility is very clear and fish are spooky so the extra bit of reach helped. Be cautious of your approach. The water is gin clear and running at 500CFS. See you on the water!


Fished in the braids above Texas hole with two clients Michael and his son Andrew. The fishing was great, we started with a double fly rig under an indicator, A #16 Blood worm and a #24 black beauty. It Worked! The catching continued throughout the day. Flows are 350 cfs out of Navajo Dam and holding. The Inflow to the lake total from tributaries is still 2385 cfs which is way up from the average, the lake is 85.64% percent of a full pool.) Great Day on the Water.


Congratulation to first time fly fisher Joyce and her husband George on a 40th Wedding Anniversary fly fishing trip for bringing this nice Brownie to hand on the San Juan River. Fish were a little timid under the high sun but some hard work paid off and some quality fish were landed. Fish fell for small midge larvae imitations such as #22 black beauty's, #24 ju ju midges, and #22 big macs.

April - (Brad) The river fished incredibly well over the weekend. Despite the wind at times, fish were eating beatis emergers, red larvas, and bling midges. The medallion midge pupa was the fly of choice. We caught and landed good numbers and a few pushing 20 inches or better. Conditions are prime with the water still a little murky but very active fish!! Cheers

February - (Brad Miller) The Juan was fishing pretty well with good numbers and a few large fish. Water clarity is still murky with visibility about 2 ft. Consistent action on a orange desert storm #20, sparkle wing RS2's in gray and chocolate #20-24 and leeches/eggs on the dead drift. Have been seeing a few more fish coming to the surface eating adult midges and baetis. Get out and enjoy the great conditions and experience the quiet water before the summer season. It's just around the corner!!

January - (Ben Hahn) Fished the San Juan with some good friends of mine. The water was a little murky because of the lake turning over. There were tons of fish eating just below the surface though. Most of the fish we saw from 10 am to 3 pm were eating just below the surface on midges and emergers. To fish them, we put on a really shallow rig with 6X fluorocarbon tippet. Two KF emerger patterns in black and chocolate seemed to do the trick. We also threw some streamers in the wooly bugger variety to get some really exciting takes. Again our favorite color was black.

Make sure to get down to the Juan and have exciting fishing from technical hatch fishing to throwing the meat! The shop in Durango has all of the flies I was using and I actually picked them up before the trip. Ask Cole to show you the "hot flies" for the Juan and you will be all set. 


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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