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30th December - (Brad) The San Juan continues to fish very well. A few days ago we went out and had a great day. Fishing was great everywhere.  We caught fish on dry flies, streamers and nymphs.  There were a few baetis and a sparse midge hatch which still resulted in lots of rising fish from mid afternoon until sunset.  As a result the dry fly fishing was phenomenal.  We caught lots of fish with all day action.  Late in the afternoon a lot of fish were moving to streamers. 

Flies for the day were:  Olive and Ginger Bunny Leeches,  Red and Grey Midge Larva, Black Big Mac, Griffiths Gnat, and Olive Pops Bugger.

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10th December - (Nick) The san juan is continuing to fish extremely well. Its a great time of year and few people are out.

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Where is everyone?

18th November - (Nick) The San Juan is fishing the best it has been all year! The fish were schooled up everywhere with the water as low as it is and they are hungry!

The biggest fish were in heavy shallow riffles feeding on mostly smaller annelid patterns, while an array of all different flies were moving fish consistently.Even the streamer fishing was great, with nice rainbows eating smaller sculpzillas.

And the best thing of all, there was hardly another soul out on the river. This is the time of year to have the water to yourself, catch a lot of good fish and enjoy mild weather when the mountains are covered in snow.

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25th October (Nick) - The san juan has been fishing well with several different techniques working right now. The nymph fishing has been great with baetis imitations and midges emergers. There was some good dry fly action with a purple haze and surprisingly enough a #20 para ant.  We also had good results on streamers with woolly buggers at the moment. This is a great time to be floating on the san juan.

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22nd October - (Brad)

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES
October 22, 2012

As a result of increased river flows and milder temperatures 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, October 23, 2012, 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).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. 

 

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14th October - (Wylie) Just take a look.

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12th October - (Ben) The fishing was great on the San Juan with fish hitting on all sorts of flies. Most of our luck was on wooly buggers in olive or black with a midge off of the back. There were several strikes on chocolate foam backs, gray RS2s, and other standard midges in sizes 20-22. There was stome traffic, so we focused on the lesser known spots and did great. We were getting away with 5X most of the day though and occasionally running 4X to a bigger bugger or streamer. Make sure to be using all fluorocarbon lines when setting up sub surface rigs. It really makes the difference. Also, in addition to the tippet, the shop in Durango has some white strike indicators that blend in the water a bit more, and don't scare wary fish. Get some for your next trip.

ben hahn on the san juan with client

9th October - (Wylie) The fishing continues to improve on the San Juan River with cooling fall temperatures. Baetis Mayfiles are the fly du jour. Grey and chocolate foam wings are taking lots of fish.

The best dry fly fishing is from 10am - 2pm. Fish are still taking terrestrials. Charlie Boy Hopper in tan size 8 is a good choice. B52 ant is also fooling rising fish.

Fall fishing on the San Juan River is the best!

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7th October (Nick)The San Juan has fished particularly well over the past few days. The fish have been feeding in riffles turning on baetis.

The chocolate and grey foam back emergers behind an olive big mac has been the rig of choice on the upper quality waters. On the lower chernobyl ants and rubber leg pheasant tails have been both fishing well!

It is indeed a great time to be on the juan!


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2nd October - (Nick) We fished the San Juan in the braids all day. The wade fishing up there continues to get better each day with midges clustering up mid morning to mid afternoon. The best method for matching the hatch was a small chernobyl ant with a griffiths gnat behind it. You will be surprised of how many fish will eat the ant!!

25th September - (Nick) The san juan river has been fishing well in the braids with some bigger fish sitting up in the water column. They will eat woolly buggers. Other great producing flies are blue juju bee midges and the black beauty! Keep your split shot light, a #4 will generally do the trick!!

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23rd September - (Jeff) Had a good day on the Juan with a couple of fun, easy going clients. We decided to fish the upper braids above T-hole. The fishing was slow to start, as we started a little after noon. Several patterns and a little time later we started moving fish. The fish were interested in several patterns including the following: BWO #18-22, renegade #16-20, brooks sprout baetis 20, angel case emerger #20-22, juju bee midge blue 18-22, cream ufo 20-26, wilsons bling red 20-24. Enjoy the great days with cooler temps.

 

16th September - (Brian) Excellent fishing on the San Juan at the moment with the river running at 1000cfs. and clear.
There is good dry fly, nymphing and streamer fishing.

Flies: Black bunny leech, gniffth gnat, red big mac, red naked lady

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10th September - (Marko) We fished in the upper flats and kiddie hole. It was excellent with no crowds. The parking lot was practically empty after the morning float trips were out of Texas Hole.

Several nice fish were landed in the 17-20” range. All the fish were on a variation of Olive midge larvae and pupa. Size 20-24 olive jujubee, black jujubee, olive young’s special, olive UFO’s, Olive bling midge were hot all morning. #22 Griffith’s gnats and Parachute Adams were taking some on dries.

Late afternoon we waded T-Hole as it was empty!! Again we caught several nice fish including a solid 23-24 incher. Dead drifting chocolate foamwing emergers along with the same midge patterns we used up in the flats were working well.

We switched up a bit as the sun was setting and were working the drop offs with buggers and bunny leeches that produced some hard strikes and some of the bigger fish of the day. Several fish in the 20+” range.

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9th September - (Nick) The fishing was great on the surface today with awesome terrestrial patterns!  We also took a few fish on streamers but the dry fly action was surperb. Make sure to run your flies over pods of rising fish eating midges and give them a big meal. They will turn to eat it. Also hunt banks all day long. Fish were eating off ledges and shelves to eat dry flies.

The most productive fly was a chernobyl ant in a size 10-12 fished behind any random foam hopper.  The ant excited the most activity all day. We also had a few fish eat an olive bouface in a size 6 when we fished streamers.

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6th September - (Brian) I picked up my clients from the Navajo State Park Air strip today. It was the first time I've even been up there and I was surprised how nice it was.

Fishing was excellent today with several big fish caught. Nice weather and no crowds made the day even more enjoyable.

Best Flies:
Red Big Mac
Red hook

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1st September - (Nick) The wading fishing above the Texas Hole produced some excellent fishing. The predominantly successful patterns were streamers stripped through braids and will produce fish throughout the day.

Woolly Bugger variations seemed to be the most popular streamers in copper and olive with lots of fun.  And the great thing was the ability to use 13 pound test all day.

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26th August - (Brad) With overcast weather and some occasional rain, we got a great BWO hatch on the San Juan. Consequently we saw a lot of fish feeding on the surface providing great dry fly activity. The fish took #18 BWO patterns.

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20th August - (Nick) The lower juan was productive fishing deep with heavy rigs.  The fish were in the deepest parts of the runs and it was taking quite a bit of weight to get down to them. But it was worth it with some really nice browns eating right off the bottom. Thin mints, rainbow warriors, and tequeelys dead drifted were the hot flies for the day.

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18th August - (Wylie) Some great days on the San Juan of late. Small midges are still the key in the upper quality waters. #24 Young Special was the most productive midge. In the lower quality waters, Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails produced fish.

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14th August - (Brad) We fished the San Juan today with a family of 8, half were kids.  The best flies were Cream Midge Larva and Grey Foam Backs.  We had 5 year old Tee on boat who was a great fisherman. He caught more fish than his dad.  It was great to see all the kids this young catching fish. Truthfully this is what fishing is all about. The new generation coming along and enjoying what their parents have enjoyed for years. We love trips like this and we know it will stay in their memories forever.

tee on the san juan

tee on the san juan

 

12th August - (Wylie) Terrestrial fishing continues to improve on the San Juan.

Black paracrickets, B-52 ants and #12 Griffiths Gnats are all taking fish. Some smaller PMD's are still coming off on the lower Quality Water. Try a Purple Haze on rising fish.

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5th August - (Brad) - San Juan has been consistent for past couple weeks.  Still fishing same flies with good results.  Cream and Olive Big MacsGrey Foam Backs and Grey Krystal Flash Emergers. 

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4th August - (Nick) - San Juan fishing was fun today during the cloudy periods with great streamer action. Big brown trout were coming out of dark spooky water eating olive woolly buggers, and tequeelys.

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2nd August - (Wylie) - Fishing on the juan is excellent right now! Very small midges are the key. #24 cream UFO is my choice.

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1st August - (Nick) The San Juan has been fishing very well this week. We got into some great dry fly fishing using predominantly midge patterns.

The better flies were the I can see it Midge and pink post parachute hoppers.

For nymphing go with baetis and midges. Check my last reports for some of the flies I have been using.

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27th July - (Nick) The San Juan has been providing excellent fishing for the past week. The big fish are eating aggressively in the heavy riffles.

Near the put in for the floats the rig which has been working well is a cream or olive big macs with a grey foam back emerger dropper.

Lower down, the fish are eating purple hazes, rainbow warriors, and hares ears #14-20.

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21st July (Wylie) The fish are starting to move onto shallow flats in the middle river. A short, light rig is the way to go.

The fish are eating very small midges - #24 cream UFO was the most productive fly for the shallow feeding fish.

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16h July (Brad) - Fished San Juan yesterday.  Upper river, fish were eating olive Big Macs and grey Foam Backs.  Lower down picked up fish on Chocolate foam backsRubber legged bead head hares ear and Flashback Pheasant Tail's

The PMD's were starting to come off around 2pm.

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15th July (Wylie) - Juan fished well Saturday. Both with nymphs and drys. Olive big macs produced the most fish nymphing. The dead chicken is taking lots of fish on the surface even after the ant fall!

Flows will remain at 800 cfs until further notice.

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13th July - (Nick) fishing on the juan has been steady all week. We are still getting fish to come up and eat black and tan fat alberts in size 10. But the best fishing has been below the surface with cream ufos, rainbow warriors, killer mayfly nymph, and black foam backs. 

The fish have moved into some riffles and have been eating pretty heavily in them. The best approach is to start deep early in the day and then bring the flies up in the column as the day progresses.

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6th July (Wylie) - Ant fall on the San Juan River. We fished dries all day. Black Cartoon Hoppers and Dead Chickens killed it. The fishing was epic!

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6th July (Brad) Rain. And that means Ants. We fished quality waters on the San Juan today.  For the first few hours we had a good big ant fall with big fish eating on the surface. A #10-12 black ant worked well. Any big black or brown ant would have worked, the fish fed so indiscriminately. So carry a few big black and brown ant patterns with you so long as the rain persists.

For the rest of the day we had a few fish still looking up and managed to move a few more.  We then nymphed the lower water in afternoon picking up fish on Rubber legged bead head hares ears.  We also had a small PMD hatch and the fish keyed in on them.  If sthe rain continues over the next few days, this would be the plan to fish for the day.

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don cross

3rd July - (Nick) We had a great day fishing the San Juan floating a few miles below the quality waters today.  The fishing was consistent throughout the day. The fish were sitting in fast shallow riffles.

In the morning nymphing produced strong results. The most productive flies were a pops bugger in copper/olive, barrs emerger pmd size #16 and a brown thinskin nymph #14-16.

As the day progressed we found that stripping streamers and buggers worked well. We used an olive beldar bugger and a copper pops bugger both stripped slowly.

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san juan 3rd July

 

30th June - (Brad)  Flows were 1000 cfs when I floated.  It fished very well.  Flies we moved fish on were:  Olive and Grey Big Mac #22, Red Annelid #22, Grey and Chocolate Foam Back #20, Pheasant Tails #18 and Rubber legged Bead head hares ear #20.

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20th June - (Nick) With the current flows at 800cfs the San Juan fished really well this morning. We were taking fish off the bottom with olive wooly buggers, red brassies, and rainbow warriors.  The higher flows mean that the water was stirred up quite a bit and the fish were eating the biggerbugs drifiting along the bottom. Ath the moment there is no need to get too light on tippet and leaders. 3x or 4x will do at the moment.

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19th June -(Nick) San Juan fished really well today, starting the day with hoppers and getting plenty of action on green cartoon hoppers, black fat alberts and parachute hoppers in black. At the moment with the slightly higher water, there is not much for light tippets.

16th June -

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
NAVAJO RESERVOIR RELEASES

June 15, 2012

As a result of decreasing river flows in the critical habitat area of the San Juan River and a hot and dry forecast, the Bureau of Reclamation will be increasing the release from Navajo Reservoir to 650 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Saturday, June 16, 2012,beginning at 4:00 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 500cfs 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 habitatarea. 

12th June - (Brad) Flows are back to 500cfs. 

The water is very clear and is fishing very well.  The texas-hole was still moving fish on tan ufo's and red annelid's.  Also picked up some fish on #22 grey wd-40.
The lower river fished very well with #20 Pheasant tails, #20 chocolate foam back and #20 juju baetis

 

5th June - As the san juan settles back to its traditional flows the fish are moving back to their traditional lies as the water level recedes. Great BWO and midge activity at the moment. Time to get out on to the water.

 

31st May - San Juan coming down now. The big fish are on the edges but will move back into deeper water very soon. The water clearing quickly.

 

25th May - Water is still high but coming down in a couple of days. As the water recedes the big fish will be on the edges and some great dry fly fishing will be in evidence.

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14th May - The Bureau of Reclamation has finalized this year's scheduled spring peak release from Navajo Reservoir.  The attached chart shows the end of day release rates throughout the spring peak release period.  Reclamation will begin to increase the release on Monday, May 21, 2011 at 1:00 AM, reaching 5,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Wednesday, May 23rd at approximately 3:00 PM.  The release will stay at 5,000 cfs for seven days.  On Wednesday, May 30th at approximately 7:00 AM, the release will begin to decrease, reaching 500 cfs on Friday, June 1st at approximately 11:00 PM, where it will remain until further notice.

 

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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