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San Juan River Fishing Report & News

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby: Fisheads of the San Juan Water flow: 350cfs Visibility: 60 inches Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F Water condition: Stained 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! Best access point: 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. Fish are spawning in the river and lake so egg patterns are working well. 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) Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet Best fly fishing rod: 10′ 5 Weight Fly Rod Best floating fly line: Trout WF The All New Silver Sonic Waders San Juan River Description Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, 40 miles South of Durango Colorado and 30 miles Northeast of Farmington New Mexico. The San Juan River is world renowned for providing some of the most rewarding trout fishing you will ever experience. The San Juan is a consistent producer of both rainbows and browns averaging 16 to 18 inches, with many reaching much larger proportions. Recent studies have suggested … Techniques & Tips Fish fluorocarbon tippets at the end of your mono-filament leader when nymph fishing. 5X to the first fly and 6X to the dropper. This will produce more strikes as the fish can’t see the fluorocarbon. Fishing 22 to 24 midges in the slower waters has been great, Fish light weight ( a number 6 or smaller ) with your strike indicator 2 or 3 feet above the weight. You don’t want to be on the bottom when you are midge fishing. We are finding lots of baetis, especially on cloudy afternoons. Baetis live in fast water so look for them in the riffles at the top of holes and at the bottom of holes in the tail out. Fish are eating gray, olive and brown nymphs in these places, it just depends on the day so have them all. You may have the chance to see fish on top during this time. A parachute Adams or comparadun should do the job. The may flies are green and are about size 22. Use dark colored wings as the fish are turning away from white wings. If you can’t see this try a marker fly about 12 inches above the baetis. You should fish mono-filament tippets when fishing on the surface as fluorocarbon sinks. Change back to midges when the fish stop eating your may flies. Try some bunny leaches if all else fails. Dead drift them like the rest of your nymphs. Fish are eating them for moss! They will shake the drifting moss to get the bugs out. 7-Day Forecast It has been cold in the mornings and warming up in the afternoon, bring lots of layers. The lower flows have not effected the fishing it is still very good. Come on down, the weather is great and almost no crowds. With the lower flows you can get to fish that are usually not accessible to wade fisherman. The whole river is fishing very well. Lots of midges in the mornings and evenings and a great baetis hatch in the afternoon. Dry fly fishing is great! Good luck to all the Fisheads out there, Chris

San Juan River NM Water Flow CFS

Chris Taylor - Head Fly Guide

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