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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.


San Juan has been fishing fairly slow with the rising water but fishing has been getting better every day as fish get comfortable in their new holding water. Worms, leeches and eggs have been the answer. If you want to get away from high water the local lakes such as Haviland, Navajo and vallecito have been fishing good for trout bass and pike. Trout our near the shore with the rising water temp so wade fishing with a float line and olive buggers has been good.


The San Juan River is fishing well with the water holding around 485 cfs. The water clarity is murky with visibility around 2 feet. Don't let the cloudy water deter you from heading out. The fish have been feeding on midge larva and emergers and we have also seen a good baetis hatch happening in the afternoon. Black, olive and red larva's have been producing in the mornings, then brown and gray Juju baetis, RS2's and foambacks in the afternoons. Blue Wing Olive comparaduns and dries have caught some fish on top! Black wooly bugger and also olive and natural leeches on a quick retrieve have enticed some quality brown trout. Get out and enjoy!

January 2017

The Lake has turned over and the water clarity has become fairly cloudy. Don't let this stop you from fishing the Juan. Even though the H2O isn't ideal, the fishing has remained pretty consistent. The Midge hatch has been great and lots of fish are targeting the surface. Midge clusters, Parachute Adams, Renegades, Shucking Midges have been a good choice for dry flies. Leeches, eggs, and Chamois worms are a great winter fly choice for nymphing. As always, a red annelid, Foamback Emerger, Black Beauty and RS2 are must have patterns year round. Go and enjoy the river without the crowds.


September - October

San Juan River Report September and October The Juan is alive and well after a great summer of high water and fishing conditions are in awesome shape heading into mid fall. With the cooling temperatures and ideal flow of 415 cfs, the river has been on fire. The Blue Wing Olive Baetis hatch has been more consistent in the last few weeks and fish are keying in on them. Rs2's have been producing good numbers and great quality of fish. In the mornings midge larva in black, brown, gray and olive sz 20-24 has been the ticket then switching over to beatis by mid to late morning. Fishing dry flies in the afternoons for select trout has been fun. Griffith's gnats sz 12-20, BWO comparaduns sz 18-22, parachute adams sz16-22 and hoppers are still turning a few fish. Enjoy the next few months of excellent fishing!!


May - The river has been fishing lights out over the past month.  Nymphing has been most productive throughout the day with red annelids, grey foambacks, black beauties, natural leeches.  Also we are seeing Blue Winged Olives starting to hatch in the afternoon's when the wind is calm and fish rising to eat them.   Enjoy the low release for the next couple weeks as the spring flush at 5000 cfs will run for 31 days starting at the end of May. 

March - The river is fishing well with smaller midge larvas and annelids size 20-28. Leeches and micro worms have been producing quality fish also size 8 to 16. Take advantage of the cloudy days and look for any Baetis (BWO) hatch and rising fish. Follow it up with an adult midge or midge cluster and hit them with a double dry!

January - Winter days on the San Juan can be one of the best times to fish the famous quality waters of New Mexico.  During the winter months enjoy open water, low flows and hungry fish everywhere.  Look for the water color to change and become more cloudy. When this happens, the angler is able to fish a bit bigger flies and target fish on dries.  Leeches, worms, gnats, adams, annelids and eggs need to be with you on the water.   Stop by or give us a call for more information or questions on the winter fisheries! 


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. 


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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