San Juan River Fishing Report 10/09/12

San Juan River Fishing Report & News

San Juan River Fishing Reports

Chris’s San Juan River Fly Fishing Tip of the Week

Fly Fishing is great, there are midges everywhere and they are hatching up and down the whole quality water section. The fall BWO hatch is also coming on strong. Start looking for them around noon. Fishing the midge hatch in the morning with olive, gray or black midges is very good. The afternoon has been my favorite with lots of trout looking for baetis. Chocolate or gray have been best. The slowest time of day seems to be around 11:00 to 12:00. Cloudy days are the best. As always a large part of your success will be your in ability to move around to where the hatches are coming off the best. Fly Fish near the dam in the best midging waters to start, most of the midges are very small. I have been doing well with a black larvae or pupa to a gray or olive larvae. Around 12:30 move down to where the baetis are hatching, anywhere from lower Texas hole down to the end of bait water. The afternoon baetis hatch is coming on strong. Dry fly fishing is still good. The whole river is fishing well,. Visibility is amazing, you can see the bottom everywhere!

7-Day Forecast

Fall is here! The weather looks great and the fishing has been very good. The upper flats are fishing great! Be there between 6:00am and 1:00pm. Watch out for moss on your line, you need to keep your flies clean. The trees are starting to change colors, they should all be yellow in another week. Good luck to all the Fisheads out there, Chris

Water flow: 650cfs
Visibility: 60 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All day long, best dry fly fishing from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Best stretch: The whole quality water section is fishing well! Try out the braids above Texas Hole, its awesome!
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges are hatching all day long. At the moment they are small, midge pupa and larvae, size 22 to 24, olive,gray, black, chocolate, cream and of course red have been my best. The hatch is strongest from 11:30 to 2:00. The midges are clustering so try fishing a cluster to a single dry midge. Black has been best. Try fishing BWO’s from 1:00pm to about 5:00pm. The hatch is best on cloudy days. Dark or light gray, brown and olive have been the best colors in a size 20 and 22. Both dry and wet patterns. Bunny leaches are great attractors! Brown, Black, purple, and white.

Fish species: Rainbow and Brown trout

Fishing season: Year Round

Nearest airport: Albuquerque, NM (2.5 hr) or Durango, La Plata Airport, CO (40 min) or Farmington, NM (40 min)

San Juan River NM Water Flow CFS

Chris Taylor - Head Fly Guide


  1. Peggy on September 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    ‘This I like.

  2. eddie on October 13, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I am coming up to stay with you guys this weekend. What are one midge and one beatis pattern I can’t be without?

    • Peggy on October 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Eddie, My new favorite is the black or gray Zebra midge #24 & 26 and my old fav the Chocolate foam wing/ RS-2 #22. Nothing new or fancy just keep them clean, the river is throwing out a lot of moss. See you soon

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