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|Fisheads of the San Juan|
Water flow: 469 cfs
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 41 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All day long, best dry fly fishing from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Best stretch: The whole quality water section is fishing well!
Best access point: Texas Hole parking lot
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 24, olive,gray, black, chocolate, cream and of course red have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 10:30 to 2:00, then again in the last hour of the day. The midges are clustering so try fishing a cluster to a single dry midge. Black has been best. Try fishing BWO's from 1:00pm to about 5:00pm. The hatch is best on cloudy days. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Bunny leeches and woolly buggers are working well either dead drifted or stripping them. Black, olive or cream have been best. Streamer fishing has been good. Small streamers size 10 or 12 in olive, black or brown.They are best fished first thing in the morning or late in the day and at night! Egg patterns and red and orange larvae are working.
Fish species: Rainbow and Brown trout
Fishing season: Year Round
Nearest airport: Albuquerque, NM (2.5 hr) or Durango, La Plata Airport, CO (40 min) or Farmington, NM (40 min)
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 10' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: PowerTaper WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, 40 miles South of Durango Colorado and 30 miles Northeast of Farmington New Mexico. The San Juan River is world renowned for providing some of the most rewarding trout fishing you will ever experience. The San Juan is a consistent producer of both rainbows and browns averaging 16 to 18 inches, with many reaching much larger proportions. Recent studies have suggested ...
that there are 15,000 fish per mile.
Since the completion of the Navajo Dam in the early 60's, the river below
the dam has provided a perfect environment for the growth of trophy sized trout. Brown trout naturally reproduce in the river and the rainbow
fingerlings that are stocked yearly are essentially wild by the time they reach maturity. Catching them is an experience you will never forget! The San Juan has developed a far reaching reputation for Gold Medal trout fishing throughout the year. With comfortable temperatures all four seasons, you can be assured of enjoyable fishing whenever you come. The San Juan provides something for everyone, year round.
Clothing should be layered so you can adapt to the widely varying temperatures. An afternoon rain shower is common in the summer. Bring a rain jacket even if the sky is cloudless in the morning. Sun block (SPF 30+), sun gloves, hats, neck protection, polarized sunglasses and sun protective clothing are highly recommended.
Fish fluorocarbon tippets at the end of your mono-filament leader when nymph fishing. 5X to the first fly and 6X to the dropper. This will produce more strikes as the fish can't see the fluorocarbon. Fishing 22 to 24 midges in the slower waters has been great, Fish light weight ( a number 6 or smaller ) with your strike indicator 2 or 3 feet above the weight. You don't want to be on the bottom when you are midge fishing. We are finding lots of baetis, especially on cloudy afternoons. Baetis live in fast water so look for them in the riffles at the top of holes and at the bottom of holes in the tail out. Fish are eating gray, olive and brown nymphs in these places, it just depends on the day so have them all. You may have the chance to see fish on top during this time. A parachute Adams or comparadun should do the job. The may flies are green and are about size 22. Use dark colored wings as the fish are turning away from white wings. If you can't see this try a marker fly about 12 inches above the baetis. You should fish mono-filament tippets when fishing on the surface as fluorocarbon sinks. Change back to midges when the fish stop eating your may flies. Try some bunny leaches if all else fails. Dead drift them like the rest of your nymphs. Fish are eating them for moss! They will shake the drifting moss to get the bugs out. All this goes out the door when fishing streamers. Get them on the bottom and fish 1X fluorocarbon.
Fishead (fish-head) n. A person who spends all their time thinking about, dreaming about, or in the pursuit of fish. Over the next 7 days the San Juan River will be great. The clouds will provide some much needed relief from the sun, but remember to layer properly for the cold. Big trout have been coming out of the San Juan River daily. Many fish over 20 inches have been caught by anglers throughout the past week. Over the next week we will see the river flow remain around 469 cfs. The water is very clear. The wading is excellent right now. The upper part of the San Juan River is fishing good, small black midges 24 or 26, the trout are eating well through the morning. Use a small weight for a slow decent to the bottom to attract more interest from trout. Dry fly fishing can be done any time after about 11am. Look for the rising fish and match up the bug on the water and enjoy. Black ants or foam bugs can be used as indicators for the tiny dry flies. BWO and Adam's Parachute's have been working well in size 22. Good luck to all the Fisheads out there, Chris