Fishing Reports for the San Juan River in New Mexico.

San Juan River Fishing Reports

August is here, School is starting

By Fisheads San Juan River | August 6, 2019

Hey, mom’s and dad’s;  School is starting soon but it’s not too late to take the kids fishing before they have to hit the books. July and the start of August had some very warm weather, in the upper 90’s every day.  We did have some rain this weekend which was a welcome relief.  We…

Weather or not! Fishing still goes on.

By Fisheads San Juan River | July 24, 2019

July fishing has been toasty warm to downright hot, weatherwise.  Temperatures are in the upper 90’s most days.   Olive and gray midges and red larva are working in the quality waters.  Orange eggs, copper johns and pheasant tails are being used below the special waters.  Overall the fishing is good.  

By Fisheads San Juan River | July 20, 2019

For all of you that haven’t had the opportunity to fish the lower San Juan River, even though it is not a section you can wade on your own, boat required;  You might want to consider trying it sometime.  After a high water flow the fishing can be really awesome through that stretch.   The…


By Fisheads San Juan River | July 12, 2019

The water level is at 1,000 cfs and they are planning to drop it to 600cfs for one day only starting at 1:00 a.m. tonight, bringing it back up to 1,000 at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.  The fish may be a little squirrely for a day or two then settle down again.  Fishing remains good using…

July Is Here But No Ants Yet

By Fisheads San Juan River | July 3, 2019

Our guides are really recommending the lower river drift.  PMD’s, Cicada’s and a few stone flies are around.  Although, it requires a drift boat to fish the lower San Juan River, it is really a good trip. It is all private land so no wading is allowed. The Quality Water is still fishing well with…

Lower River Fishing is Great

By Fisheads San Juan River | June 26, 2019

Mark caught this beautiful Rainbow on the lower portion of the San Juan River.  Fishing was great with hatches of caddis and PMD’s.  With the rain we had a few days ago, some ants were spotted on the river.  The ant hatch is coming just as soon as we get a good rain. If you…

Lower River Fishing is starting to heat up

By Fisheads San Juan River | June 21, 2019

The river is back to about 500 CFS but increasing to 600 CFS tonight.   The lower river is starting to fish well.  They have seen cicadas and have had some success with midges and baetis dry fly fishing. The upper river is still fishing good with the usual suspects of larva and eggs. The…

Big Brown Caught on the San Juan River

By Fisheads San Juan River | June 21, 2019

One of Fisheads Guides, Kevin Coughlin (IG: @ibestrippin_inthe_evenings), had a client catch a 31 3/4 inch ~20lb ish pound Brown Trout. “This fish ate a pearl core braid San Juan worm #12, on 8lb Seaguar fluorocarbon, rigged 10 inches from a 3/0 split shot, 6 feet below the indicator.  Flows were at 3000 cfs.  Sage…

High Water Fishing Has Been Incredible!

By Fisheads San Juan River | June 11, 2019

Even the kids are having a blast and catching fish! Great job.  Alas, the high water is coming to an end.  Water level should be at 500cfs by Saturday.  Fishing should still be hot for the next few weeks. San Juan worms, eggs, red and orange larva are still working well. There is still time…

By Fisheads San Juan River | June 7, 2019

The river is going to 5,000cfs today, and the river has cleared up.  The projected stay at 5,000cfs is 5 to 7 days and the ramp down is expected to take 3 days.  The river is fishing good!  Everyone is happy and excited.   Historically, after the ramp down, the following few weeks are awesome…