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Archive of San Juan River Fishing reports

We have a separate report for local Durango Waters.

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If you want a more recent update, you can ring the shop on (970) 382 9978. A guide will generally be able to offer a comment.

February 17th - Brian reports that the fishing has been excellent. One of the more productive sections has been between the Texas hole and 3 island run.

Flies: red and white larvae and pink eggs.

 

February 9th - Jerome and Brian report that the fishing is excellent!  The water remains a little off color with about 3 ft clarity.  The Flow is 500 cfs. The best patterns are eggs, red midge larva, and wooly buggers dead drift as well as stripping.  A light bwo hatch is coming off early afternoon the fish were not really keying in on dries but they moved to nymphs.  I suggest small pheasant tails with or without beads.

October 22nd - [Brad] Flows are still 550cfs with good clarity.  Weather couldn't be more beautiful with the cottonwoods in full fall color. Still fishing well with good midge hatch and sparse BWO's. 

Recommended flies:

black big mac #20-22
black and chocolate midge larve #20-22
crystal flash emerger #20-22
jujubee #20
jujubaetis #20
BWO's  #20
Griffiths gnat #20-24

October 15th - [Brad] We spent the day fishing the lower flats and baetis bend.  The weather was sunny and warm and as a result saw very few BWO's on the water.  There were still plenty of fish rising with great dry fly fishing all day.  The late afternoon however did produce an enormous midge hatch.  Flows are still at 550cfs with good clarity. 

Recommended flies:

Parachute Adams #20-#24
BWO and Parachute BWO patterns #20-22
RS2's
Griffiths Gnat #20-24
Barr's emerger
Flashback Pheasant Tail
Juju baetis
Chocolate foamback
FPA Sparkle baetis

September 27th - Flows have moderated a little, with the current release from Navajo dam running at 650cfs. Fishing has been good to very good, with grey & red midges in the morning and baetis in the afternoons.

Recommended flies:
Grey wd40
Chocolate foam back emergers
Small bunny leaches
Grey rs2

September 17th - [Brian] We had excellent fishing all day on the San Juan. We boated around 40
20" plus rainbows and multiple browns.


Recommended Flies:
Black and red big macs
Chocolate foambacks

 

September 11th - [Brad] The crowds on the San juan have thinned out nicely giving plenty of opportunities to float uninterrupted which made for a great day.

The flows in the San Juan are still running at 800cfs with 3-4ft visibility.  The fishing conditions are great.  The upper section is still tough and technical.  Initially it was principally nymphing. We started seeing lots of risers at three island run.  Midges were the only thing active and fish were quite selective.  Those we caught were on sz. 24 -26 adult midge patterns.  Sparse with thread bodies and only a couple turns of hackle.  Baetis bend was same way. 

The lower section from ET rock down fished well with nymph rigs.  Flies that produced the best were chocolate foam back emerger (sz. 20) and rubber legged hares ear (sz.18). 

August 31st - As a result of increased stream flows in the San Juan River Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation will be decreasing the release from Navajo Reservoir to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) today, August 31, 2011 at approximately 8am.  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).

August 30th - The San Juan River below Navajo Dam (900 cfs):  The fishing on the San Juan continues to be good.  We are keeping with the same mix of midges in the morning and baetis in the afternoons.  We have see a little change this past week, with more midges in the 24-26 range in tan and cream and larger baetis in the 16-18 range. 

Flies:
For midge patterns include larva in grey, cream or light olive in the #22-26 range. 

In the afternoons, small pheasant tails, hares ears, sparkle baetis, and foam emergers are all doing well on the lower half of the quality waters.  

We have had a little rain over the river in the past week and ant or hopper patterns fished to the banks have resulted in nice hook-ups for anglers willing to prospect fish.  Overcast days with low wind continue provide great dry fly options.

 

August 23rd -The San Juan River below Navajo Dam (900 cfs):  The flows on the San Juan increased slightly this passed week, which made for floating moss for a few days.  The moss has subsided and the fishing continues to be good, especially in the mornings with midges and in the evenings with baetis and PMD patterns.  

Effective midge patterns include:
#22-26 larva in grey, cream or light olive

In the afternoons, on the lower waters, nymphing will work will with the following recommended flies:

#20 - #24 small pheasant tails
#18 - #22 hares ears
#18 - #20 sparkle baetis
#18 - #22 foam emergers.

We have had a little rain over the river in the past week ant or hopper patterns fished to the banks have resulted in nice hook-ups for anglers willing to prospect fish.

Overcast days with low wind continue provide great dry fly options.

August 17th - "As a result of steadily decreasing river flows in the critical habitat area of the San Juan River, the Bureau of Reclamation will set the release from Navajo Reservoir to 900 cubic feet per second (cfs), today, August 17, 2011.  Some recent fluctuations in the release have been due to the transfer of the release to the auxiliary outlet works while maintenance is performed on the main penstock.  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).  Flows for the Animas River have been less than what was forecasted earlier in the week, requiring the need for the immediate release increase from Navajo Reservoir.[BUREAU OF RECLAMATION NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES August 17, 2011]

August 15th - [Jerome] The San Juan River below Navajo Dam (860 cfs) remains good:  Another increase in flows this week continues to swing fishing opportunities in favor of the angler.  We recommend using attractors (chamois leech or small grey scuds) or dead drifting “moss” flies such as bunny leech patterns or woolly buggers as a point fly then dropping to midge larva in grey or cream

Switch to baetis nymphs in BWO and PMD patterns in the afternoons, with pheasant tails, hares ears, sparkle baetis, and foam emergers all doing well on the lower half of the quality waters.  

Check your flies often, as the floating moss that is washed into the water column after a flow increase can muck flies very easily.  Overcast days with low wind should provide great dry fly options.

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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