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April - April 21, 2014. As a result of a higher forecast for 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 Tuesday, April 22, 2014 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).

April 19th - (Brad)  We fished the San Juan yesterday.  Better sized fish were eating.  The best flies were standard pheasant tail #20 and the brown UV emerger #24. Picture is of Aiden, 9 yrs old with 20" brown.

April 10th - (Cole) The San Juan is fishing well at the moment.  Large red annelids sz. 14-16 were catching fishing consistently and also smaller annelids  sz.18-22.  Black UV emergers fished really well behind the red and was about 50/50.  Great numbers and better quality fish are eating at the moment.  Take advantage of the better water quality and the lower CFS to get on big fish. Dry fly action is also heating up in the afternoons.  I did see grasshoppers, butterflies, bees and huge clusters of midges.  Summer is just around the corner.

 

21st February - (Robbie) The Juan was fishing well with leeches, eggs, and midge larva.  Red, orange, olive and chocolate were the colors of choice.  Worked up through the braids and fish were holding in the usual places.  The water is starting to look a bit better and the flows are at 315 cfs. This makes for great late winter and spring conditions.

9th February - (Nick)- Floated the San Juan the other day. We fished mainly bugger variations all day. super flashy like pops buggers and big rubber buggers as well. The water is still pretty tainted but its all good. There were fish sitting just about everywhere. Our biggest fish were at the top of riffles. Great time to be down there right now with the low crowds and the big bugs!!!

18th January -(Nick) - We floated the San Juan yesterday. The fishing was great for numbers of fish.  We used lots of different flies that worked great all day.  We did hook a few big fish on Purple sparkle worms, and silver pops buggers, also orange eggs, and orange sparkle worms fished great.  We fished really deep all day long hitting the bottom very frequently.  The weather is beautiful down there this time of year and there were no crowds at all.
Definitely a peaceful time of year on the Juan!!!!

1st January - (Cole) Great way to start off the New Year!  Fish were eating orange egg patterns, olive leeches, black and grey foambacks.  The water was really off color due to the reservoir turning over and maybe a little snow melt.  Enjoyed a 60 degree day and very little pressure from other anglers.  These winter days are hard to beat!  Stop by the shop before your next adventure.

20th December - (Nick). Streamer time on the Juan. Big white double bunny streamers with a leech trailer.

15th November - (Nick) Floated the San Juan yesterday. Its a great time to be out! The crowds are down super low and the fishing is really good.  There are still some good blue wing hatches going off and some really good midge hatches! We spend the day in really slow deep water twitching a pops bugger and a black leech behind it and getting in to some nice fish!

15th October - (Nick) Dry flies have been fishing well at the juan lately! Decent baetis hatches and good midge hatches have had fish up and eating well!
Expect to catch medium size fish with the shot at some bigger boys as well. The bigger fish are rising on the seam lines, expect to weed out some of the little guys before getting on to the big ones.  The best rig has been a purple haze in a size 18-22 with a small renegade trailing behind!

2nd October - (Brad) The San Juan fished tough on Sunday but very well on Friday.  Flows are 260cfs with off color water. Starting to see lots of Baetis in the afternoon.  Olive bunny leeches and egg patterns are working well.  Midge larva and emergers in black and olive as well.  For dries, go with compara duns and para Adams in sz. 22. 


1st October - (Cole) The Juan is fishing well at the moment with the flows around 250 cfs.  The brown trout are starting to move up the river for their spawn and are being caught more frequently.  The best bugs of the day were a Black UV Emerger sz. 22 and a Black Foamback Emerger sz. 24.  Be sure to pack some warm clothes because the season is changing and temps are dropping.  Get out there and enjoy the fall fishing before the snow starts to fly!!

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san Juan

san Juan

19th September - (Nick) The Juan wade fishing is excellent!  The lower flows have concentrated tons of fish in holes and buckets and they are feeding heavily  The bugs are starting to move for fall and the fish are noticing as well!  The Baetis are starting to become more prolific. I saw them as far up as the upper flats!  Also big midge clusters are starting to make dry fly fishing very enjoyable. There were some really large clusters forming and we matched the hatch with a double para midge size 14.  It is a great time for dry fly fishing at the juan.

11th September - (Robbie) Fishing has been great lately. I have been moving big fish on big macs and bling midges with light split shots and indicator rigs in shallow water.  Keep the weight light and hang on.

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10th September - (Nick) The Juan fished well the for me yesterday, a little bit more nymphing in the upper river above ET rock occurred than as of late.
Fish were eating big macs in brown and small ufos in various colors'.  Below ET the dry fly fishing was pretty good, we searched with a size 22 purple haze with a size 20 juju baetis trailed behind.

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6th September - (Nick) The Juan offered great wade fishing yesterday.  Most of the fish we hooked were larger than average.  Big rainbows were sitting in shallow riffles in the gravel beds feeding quite heavily  When we got there the best fly was an olive bunny leach with a #24 cream ufo trailed behind. After a while the fish keyed in on emergers and we were using a #24 grey rs2 moving some nice fish!

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san juan

 

5th September - (Brad) The San Juan continues to fish very well.  The other day with Frankie and his Grandpa the river fished well top to bottom.  Best flies were: olive bunny leech, cream midge larvapops buggerpurple haze and parachute adams.

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san juan

26th August - (Josh) This past weekend the San Juan was fishing very well in the braids and above with #26 black midge pupa and #24 cream larva and also #24 and #26 KF midges and also had some fish on #22 I can see it midge and the fish below took an olive bunny leech

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25th August - (Nick) The dry fly fishing on the Juan is still really good. There are still fish looking up at terrestrials such as hoppers and ants.  Also a Griffiths Gnat or Double para-midge trailed behind your terrestrial pattern is a great way to get in to fish.  The best terrestrial pattern was a tan half-down hopper, we fished it off the shelfs and riffles successfully.

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25th August - (Brad) The flows on Juan have dropped to 650 CFS.  The same flies listed in my report below continue to catch fish.  The number of people are starting to thin out making it a great time to be out on the river.  The fish in these pics were caught on a black fat Albert

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san juan

san juan

 

21st August - (Brad) The San Juan has been fishing consistently even with the flows increased to around 800cfs.  Upper is fishing well with olive and cream midge larva dropped off an olive bunny leach.  The lower river fishes well with grey or brown foam backs,  rainbow warriors and rubber legged hares ear. If you're interested in dries,  small ants, para crickets and Griffith's gnats have been moving fish. 

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san juan

san juan

san juan

san juan

 

20th August - (Nick) The Juan is still fishing well. This is one of the best times of the year to quick strip streamers off the bank.  We had steady action till mid afternoon stripping a big size 2 tequelly with a size 10 woolly bugger off the back.  You will be fine using a 12 pound maxima leader at about 6 feet long with the same maxima connecting to your trailer. This will make turnover of your flies easy and a for sure fish to the net. Fish are not leader shy when looking for big food, so have fun!  After the streamer fishing died out, we floated through the bait section where some nice fish came up and ate a size 16 purple haze on the top!

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san juan

11th August - (Josh) The SAn Juan went back down to 500cfs. The braids are fishing very well. With the water dropping, the bigger fish have been pushed into the holes again.

Fish were eating #26 and #24 red larva and #26 bling midges and #26 black uv midges. So set aside some time and come to the Juan. See the guys in the shop and they will hook you up with what you need.

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7th August - (Nick)  The San Juan has been great.  The cloudy days have been making the fishing awesome with many different methods being employed to catch some big fish. The overcast days can bring great bugger fishing with some thunderous takes and big fish! The nymphing has been excellent with the most productive fly being cream big macs and miracle nymphs in #22-24!

6th August - (Ben) Fishing has been excellent on the San Juan. We have landed a large number of big trout.
Flies that have been the best are leeches in #8, most colors and also blood red midges in the am #18-22 have been working best for me.

If you are wondering what to do next week, I will give you a hint ....
Go fishing on the San Juan. Stop in the fly shop and stock up on all your leeches today. Tell em Ben sent ya.

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2nd August - (Robbie) The san juan has been fishing well for nymph fisherman as of late. Standard patterns such as big macs in red, brown and cream in the morning.  Come afternoon time switch up to jujubee midges and the rs2. Below ET rock the fish are eating the killer mayfly in olive!

 

1st August - (Josh) The San Juan has been fishing well over the past two days. Fish were taking #22 red larva and #24 Cream larva #24 grey foamback and #26 black UV midges

josh on the san juan

25th July - (Nick) Now is the time for dry fly fisherman at the San Juan.  We have been throwing a single dry fly rig with great results and some crushing hopper takes from big fish!  We even raised some scary big fish on POPPERS! I don't know how long this aggressive streak is going to last with these fish. So hurry and take advantage of it! Parachute hoppers through the whole river is taking fish, and below ET rock you should be trailing that with a sz 14 purple haze!

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the san juan

20th July - (Ben) The San Juan has been fishing extremely well lately with dry flies.  We have been using black on black hoppers and other terrestrial patterns with great success.

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11th July - (Cole) The San Juan continues to fish well at the moment.  With the flows over a 1000 cfs, the fish are able to spread out and can be found bank to bank.  We had good action on a chocolate and gray foamback emerger sz. 20- 22.  Also the San Juan worm orange sz 16, Juju bee midge, red larva, cream larva sz. 20-24.  Don't hesitate to throw big hoppers and streamers on the lower river quality waters, big fish are eating!!

wading the san juan river

wading the san juan river

wading the san juan river

Great Wading conditions in the higher water.

7th July - (Nick and Orion) Good fishing on the Lower San Juan where the fish were trophy size taking hoppers and streamers.

lower San Juan

lower San Juan

7th July - (Nick) Fishing on the juan has been fun wading lately!  The fish are sitting in soft seams next to riffles and tailouts.  you will need a little more weight than usual to get down to the bottom feeders.

best flies were the san juan worm and chocolate big macs

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4th July

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27th June - (Ben) Fishing has really been the best that I have seen it on the Juan. That is saying something! I have seen more Rainbows over 16 inches lately than normal. We have even seen a couple of Browns above Texas Hole in the 19+ range. Yes way up there. The Browns are throughout the whole river.

Most of our success was on either a chartreuse egg as an attractor or a black leech. For the 2nd fly we were using either a grey foam emerger in size 22-24, black foam back emerged 24-26, and red larva size 18-20.

At one point in the afternoon, the fish turned off completely on the big stuff and we had to go to the smaller stuff entirely. Some of the highlights of the last few days were rainbows taking two different guys to their backing!!

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san juan

17th June (Nick) The Juan fished sporadically all day while they were moving the flows around.  The fish were holding in deeper slow tailouts.  Big Buggers and worm patterns dredged down deep seemed to be the ticket.  Fishing should be picking up once they get used to the higher water level.

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17th June As a result of decreasing tributary inflows into the San Juan River, along with a hot and dry forecast, the Bureau of Reclamation will be increasing the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 650 cfs on Monday, June 17th, beginning at 10:00 am, and from 650 cfs to 800 cfs on Tuesday, June 18th, beginning at 8:00 am. 

14th June - (Mike) - Fishing on the Juan has been excellent over the last few, days including this morning. I've been putting in primarily at Munoz, walking upstream about a half mile and focusing on the deeper water as I work my back.  Surprisingly few people wade fishing, and except for the occasional drift boat, I've had the river pretty much to myself. Leech patterns (black and olive), foam back emergers (grey, chocolate, and black), and a #10 black bugger, have moved fish consistently all week.  A dry/dropper- black RS2 dropped off a # 16 parachute adams has worked well in the afternoon. BTW, a scheduled release occurred around 12:30 today and the flow jumped from 240 to 440 CFS.

 

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

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