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

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Fisheads San Juan River Lodge

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter / Fly Shop


Phone icon505-634-0463 Phone icon505-632-1411 Link iconfisheadsofthesanjuan.com
1796 Hwy 173
Navajo Dam, NM 87419

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The Story

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.

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lodge on the San Juan Chris has established a long over-due quality lodge, restaurant, fly shop, and guide service at a reasonable price. Our room had a private patio that opened directly onto the San Juan River. The room was large and clean and comfortable. The food is excellent and is prepared by a talented chef. Chris knows the river too. Check out Fisheads San Juan River Lodge before you book anywhere else. You won't regret it! By the way, it is located on the river in the middle of the community of Navajo Dam.
Date published: 2012-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great float trip with lots of fish! We booked a full-day float with Jacob. He had us in to big fish immediately. We were catching fish when others were not. He knows the river like the back of his hand and did a great job of adjusting our flies to match the waters and time of day. We had a great time. Thanks Jacob for make it a memorable trip my son and I will always remember.
Date published: 2021-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome float! Me and my son booked a all day float with guide Jacob. Firsts class guide he knew all the ins and outs of the the river and what flies the throw. We learned a lot from him and we caught a lot of fish. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great guide, fishing and food. Spent 3 nights and rooms were basic but clean. Food was very good and in huge quantities. Fished 2 days with Jason and would recommend him to any novice, expert or in-between fly fisher. He knows the river, provides great instruction and has a wonderful sense of humor.
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great float experience Chris and crew consistently put you on big fish; their knowledge of the river and where the fish are holding is on point whether high or low flow.
Date published: 2021-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Fishing If you Like to fly fish this is one of the best streams I've ever fished. The quality waters is just phenomenal, Our guide was excellent he put us on fish immediately. My wife caught her first fish on a fly rod on her first cast. This was the first time I cast with sinking ling so it took a little getting used to but we caught lots of fish and good ones too our best was the 22" bow my wife caught but all fish were at least 16" Browns and Rainbows. This place is also close to the Aztec Indian sites which we explored our first day there then fished second day half day then went on to Pagosa Springs. Really wish we would have just stayed at Fisheads and fished more. Very friendly staff, Accommodations were clean and right on the river. It was hard to do much do to Covid. I will be going back after covid.
Date published: 2020-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from “Excellent features” The guides for the trip were excellent at their job and very entertaining. The meals were excellent. Only complaint there was they served me too much food. The whole staff was excellent and friendly.
Date published: 2020-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun with Fish Heads! Bought a new Orvis Helios, 5wt from Fish Heads. Best rod I own. Caught a lot of fish with it including a 6 and 10 pound rainbow. The Helios does all Orvis says it does.
Date published: 2020-12-24
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