Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Navajo Dam, New Mexico

Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM


Experience the San Juan River fly fishing trip of your life on the San Juan River in New Mexico! Fisheads guides know the river and how to fish it. No matter what your age or level of experience, we'll show you a great time! Float and wade trips available. Newly remolded rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, Fly-Tying Tables, Flat-Screen TV's, Direct TV programming and the cafe has the best food in the county.

Date Range

The San Juan River fishes good year around, the water temperature is the same all seasons. Navajo Lake is seasonal, April thru October.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

San Juan River and Navajo Lake, NM.

Typical Weather by Season

Northern New Mexico is one of the sunniest places in the United States. Most days are beautiful year around. The Spring can be windy in the afternoon with temperatures in the 60's. Summer is warm, average temperatures are 80's and 90's. The Fall is beautiful with temp's in the 60's. The San Juan is also a great winter fishery with average temps in the 40's.

What is Provided to Customer

Fishead's provides everything you need on our fishing trips other than waders which we rent for $20 a day and your fishing license which is $17 for one day.

What Should Customers Bring

Appropriate clothing and a hat, sunscreen, polarized glasses and a camera.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Our most common trip is three nights of lodging with two days of fishing. A typical day of fishing starts with breakfast in the Back Cast Café. You then head to the river with your guide and fish for the day. Then back to the lodge to tell lies over dinner.


Species You Fish for by Season

Rainbow and brown trout all year around. In Navajo Lake we fish for Carp, Pike and Smallmouth Bass, with both spinning and fly gear.

Fly Shop

Our Fly Shop

Our Orvis fly shop sits in the middle of our restaurant, The Back Cast Café, and has everything you need to fish this famous tail water.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 82 reviews


81 of 82 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Fisheads - 3/24/2015
    By: from McAlester, OK 74501, USA

    We have been going to the San Juan River fishing for many years now. We have always enjoyed the river but since Fisheads is there our stays are much more enjoyable. Chris is a great guide and his place is really nice to stay at. I highly recommend Fisheads.

  • 5/5

    Tremendous Experience on the San Juan River - 1/25/2015
    By: from Alberta, Canada

    My wife and I had a tremendous day on the river with Chris in December 2014. Chris was a great coach and highly skilled guide. We learned several new fishing techniques and rigging. Chris oversees a top quality operation, ensuring that his guests walk away with an enjoyable experience. Accommodations are well located on the San Juan River and are spacious, clean and comfortable. Meals at the Back Cast Café are delicious. Staff are friendly, efficient and customer-focused. We highly recommend Fisheads San Juan River and look forward to returning soon (only this time we will stay even longer!).

  • 5/5

    Great trips every time - 10/19/2014
    By: from Mt Pleasant, TX, USA

    Thoroughly enjoyed our trip this year and have made reservations for 2015. Floating or wading, the guides and service are enjoyable. Their knowledge assures you will have the best possible experience. The guides are always working to make us better fishermen. I enjoy their teaching as we fish. The food and lodging are very satisfactory. Remember you can’t blame the guides for acts of Mother Nature. Bubba, Marcus, and Chris have all been our guides. Many thanks to ALL the staff at Fisheads.

  • 5/5

    Wow. It was great! - 10/6/2014
    By: from San Juan River, United States

    My wife and I had a great time fishing the San Juan River and staying at Fisheads. The experience was fabulous. We are already making plans for the next trip.

  • 5/5

    Wonderful Trip - 10/2/2014
    By: from Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA

    My son and I went to the San Juan for our annual fishing trip. I scheduled a guided float trip with Fisheads and requested Dave Taylor as our guide. We had fished with Dave before, and I was pleased when I was told that he would take us out. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about the river, and he is very patient. My casting was not good at the beginning, but with his coaching, I got better by the afternoon. We caught a lot of large trout, saw many more, and had a great day. We saw geese, ducks, muskrat and even saw an osprey catch a trout and fly off almost directly over us. I can't wait to go back, and I will request Dave next time.

  • 5/5

    Always Great Trip - 9/30/2014
    By: from Fort Worth, Texas

    Always Great Trip, Best Guides, Big Fish, I Highly Recommend Fisheadsofthesanjuan.

  • 5/5

    What a great time fishing!! - 9/22/2014
    By: from Las Vegas, NV, USA

    One of the best places I have ever been fishing. The guides here don't mess around! They are very knowledgeable about the area. If you want to catch big solid trout this is the place to go! I learned alot of new techniques and gained new confidence while fishing the San Juan with my guide. This place just made my annual trip list. See ya next year!!! Thanks again Fish Heads!

  • 5/5

    great time - 9/7/2014
    By: from Scottsdale, AZ, USA

    fishing was great. catching wasn't so good due to my lack of experience with midge fishing. would go back whenever I get the chance and hope to improve my skills.

  • 5/5

    Great fishing experience - 9/5/2014
    By: from Oklahoma, USA

    Our guide Mike did a great job putting us on fish and showing us the proper techniques for rigging up. I definitely recommend using Fishheads for your next trip to the San Juan.

  • 5/5


Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitters

1796 Hwy 173
Navajo Dam, NM 87419

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