Juan River at Navajo
Juan flows through a true desert canyon with high
sandstone cliffs in bench form, each layer exposing
millions of years of geology. On the river floor,
the river runs slow over shallow riffles and deep
pools, and is surrounded by willows, Broad-leaf
cottonwoods, Russian Olives and Tamarisk.
The San Juan is a fantastic tail-water
fishery that flows cold
out from the bottom of Navajo Reservoir. The Juan is the perfect river
and 1/2 day float or wade trips for
all angler abilities. Looking to
learn a few of the San Juan secrets?
an AVA guide to help you decode this
technical fishery that is flat-out
loaded with trout.
The San Juan is located about an hour
Durango Colorado. The cities of Denver, Albuquerque,
Santa Fe, Farmington, Aztec and Pagosa Springs are also in striking distance of the river.
Denver is 7 hours
Santa Fe is 2 1/2 hours
Farmington is 40 minutes
Aztec is 20 minutes
Pagosa Springs is 1 1/2 hours
|San Juan River-New Mexico
The San Juan below Navajo Dam has more fish per-mile than most any fishery in the lower 48. The Juan is known for large, tricky fish that eat tiny flies. Hatches range from micro midges to baetis, to PMDs and hoppers.
San Juan River Flows, Guide Report and Hatches
The San Juan is a great fishery 365-days a year, however, it is beyond fun in the winter. An angler could almost fish dry flies all day all winter long. The "winter" midge hatch is ramping up and will continue through early March. Some BWOs continue to pop from Texas Hole downstream to "Belly-up Fly Shop Corner". The water is a bit stained with about 3 feet of visibility, but that allows us to fish more 4x and 5x tippet. We are still fishing 6x on dries, but nymph and streams rigs you can heavy up. We will loose more visibility in late January and February but the fishing will still be very good! Dry fly patterns include black and gray midges with small pupa in the surface film. Midge pupas in olive, gray and black. Baetis foam wings and RS2 emegers in dark iron gray, chocolate and black. Under the bobber look to nymph red annelids, larva, pupa, eggs and small chamois leeches. Want a big fish? Look at slow fishing leeches and small trout patterns in the deep water. Get out there, this is a great time to fish the Juan.
The Juan flow should continue at 350 CFS and offer solid fishing all winter. Visibility will drop as winter rolls along, but the fish will still be eating.
One of the best times to be on the Juan. The cotton woods are bright yellow, the river is gin-clear and the trout are grubbing hard on midges and BWOs. The crowds are starting to let up, but weekends can still be busy. Nymph, dries and streamer fishing is about as good as it gets.
Fall flow range: 250-750 CFS
Winter flow range: 250-350 CFS
Spring flow range: 300-5500+ CFS
(depends if BOR has a spring release)
range: 280-800 CFS
fly fishing on
the San Juan below
San Juan River below
Navajo Dam offers both
beginner and expert
fly anglers a chance
at quality trout and
lots of them. The Juan
fishes well year-round. We
offer float and wade
guide trips on all
sections of the San
Juan below Navajo
Dam. Steady fishing
can be found throughout
the winter, spring,
summer and fall months.
Book a trip today
for this world-famous
Water section, located below
Navajo Dam in the Navajo Lake State
one of the top
tail water fisheries here
in the US. In the first few miles the
San Juan is known for big trout and
lots of them. The Juan is home to thousands
of fish per mile.
Packed full of trout; 10, 25 even 40
hookups per angler, per day is possible. Fish
size averages between 12 to 20 inches.
A 16 inch bow seems to be the typical
fish these day.
San Juan below the Quality Waters is know
as the Lower River,
and this section flows over numerous riffles,
and is home to a large number of fish.
Brown trout tend to out number the bows
and they can be very aggressive to a dry
or streamer. Fish size ranges between 10
and 15 inches the average seems to be 13
inch browns. But hold on, there are some
monster bows and browns lurking about in
the lower river. When the river is on,
an angler can have a large number of fish
to the fly.
winter hatches for the
San Juan: Midges and
some small BWOs.
Midges, BWOs, leeches,
eggs, annelids and
Midges, BWOs, leeches
and junk patterns
(worms and eggs)
BWOs and midges,
junk patterns when
BWOs, midges, mosquito's,
eggs, worms, annelids
BWOs, midges, annelids
BWOs, midges, caddis,
PMDs, annelids, ants
BWOs, midges, PMDs,
ants, hoppers and
BWOs, midges, hoppers
BWOs, midges and
and food in the system:
Caddis pupa, larva, midges,
mayfly nymphs, snails,
black fly larva, crane
flies, eggs, worms and
trout, carp and sucker fry