Juan Lower River through
stunning private waters
Lower river floats cover 14 river miles of private waters full of trout and
stunning scenery. Minimal crowds and eager trout make this a must fish on any
trip to the Southwest and the San Juan Quality Waters.
section is perfect for the dry
fly enthusiast. Most fish down
waters are wild and untouched. Angling pressure is low due to limited access
on this mostly private fishery. The absence of people and a good number of
browns to a dry fly make this a wonderful float. There are also some big
bows that call this section home.
Lower river San Juan floats offer
to fish larger fly patterns including
caddis and PMDs. Streamer fishing can also be very productive and exciting.
The lower river section is a little more limited than the upper river due
to access, flows and the fishing conditions. There is a spring window from
February and will last till spring runoff some time in mid May. Then
the prime season begins in Early June and will last well into the fall.
The lower section fishes more like a free-stone fishery than a tail-water,
but having the cold water flowing out from the bottom of the dam sure helps
set the lower river as a great fishery. Mostly brown trout make up the resident
fish in the lower section, however there are some nice rainbows as well.
Average fish are in the 10 to 14 inch size range with plenty of chances at
15 to 18-inchers. There are some serious fish in this section too. Last season
a guest hooked a fish we never landed, but did get a couple looks at the
brown was in the 25 inch plus category and would have weighed well over
An angler, on a good day an expect a good number of hook-ups per day. On nymph
rigs 30+ fish per rod is not uncommon. Numbers for fish to a dry fly or streamer
will be a little lower. Basically, there are a lot of trout in this section.
Lower San Juan Guide
Trips and Rates
All our guide trips for Colorado
and the San Juan River in New Mexico include:
(including secret guide patterns)
lunch with drinks
you or any one in your group needs
to use a rod and reel and/or
waders for the day, no
problem, we will supply high-end gear at no
extra cost. Most
guide services tack that,
as well as flies, on to the
and your group are saving over
San Juan lower river
float trips do not include:
New Mexicofishing license, 5% NM State tax and customary gratuity for the guide.