Juan Quality Waters
Most of our San Juan float trips take place just below the reservoir in the quality
water section located in Navajo Lake State Park. This trip covers about
3.5 miles on full and 1/2 days. This section is world renown for technical trout
that eat specific fly patterns often times the size of a pinhead. Size 18 to
30 hooks are common practice on this incredible fishery.
Juan Mid River Section (bait
The mid river floats cover an additional 3 river miles of public and private water. This section
is perfect for the dry fly enthusiast, kids and those learning the sport. Mid river San Juan floats
offer the angler the chance to fish larger fly patterns including hoppers,
caddis and PMDs. Streamer fishing can also be productive on this section in
the spring and fall. This stretch sees a lot of bank fisherman, however the float trafic is typically very low.
Here at Animas Valley Anglers we believe a little snow and sleet shouldn't
keep one off the water, making the San Juan float season in the Quality
Waters year-round. However, most days in the winter are sunny and calm
with temps in the mid 40's to lower 50's. Summer temps will be in the 90's,
but with a slight breeze off the water it feels a lot cooler. The lower river
fishes well from March through October.
San Juan Quality Waters offers
anglers the most reliable fishing
during the winter months. Navajo
Dam pumps consistent water temps
into the river allowing the trophy
trout to feed 365 days a year.
San Juan wade and float trips
are the perfect trip for the
beginner, intermediate and experienced
angler looking for a little winter
break from the ski slopes.
The consistent and stable environment created by the damn make the San
Juan one of the top five tail water fisheries in the country when it comes
mile. Each little run, riffle and pool is chalk full of browns, rainbows
and cut-bows. The trout average between 16 and 18 inches and every year
30-incher makes in to the net. Massive carp also live in the shallow back
waters of the river and can make for great sport on the fly.
The San Juan is a fish factory. From the dam down through the lower river one
can expect many opportunities at trout on the fly. 20 fish per rod, per boat
is common. Keep in mind however, that these fish are large, strong fighting
fish and they can be a real challenge to land on a #28 midge pupa. Not all
of the monsters we hook make it to the net for a photo!
San Juan Quality Waters and Mid River 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 QW and Mid River
float trips do not include:
New Mexicofishing license, 5% NM State tax and customary gratuity for the guide.