Fishing Reports for the San Juan River in New Mexico.

San Juan River Fishing Reports

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…

High Water Is Coming!

By Fisheads San Juan River | May 30, 2019

Good news for all who enjoy fishing high water!  It is starting next Monday.  Right now the river is fishing well using San Juan worms, bunny leeches, egg patterns and bright colored larva.  In the afternoon, use mayflies and crystal flash emergers. A few years ago I fished high water when they were lowering the…

May Fishing

By Fisheads San Juan River | May 23, 2019

With Summer almost here, we’d like to report that the fishing is great on the San Juan River.  The muckiness of March and early April is gone, and the river is looking so much better.  The fish are plentiful, and they are fat and healthy despite a rough few weeks the likes of which have…

On the Upswing!!!

By Fisheads San Juan River | May 2, 2019

The water is still off color but it is fishing well.  One of our clients caught this beautiful brown measuring 32″ two days ago.  Good job, Jim! As stated, the water is still murky but the visibility is improving every day.  The patterns that are working are jigs;  white, chartreuse and olive or black. Other…

Slowly But Surely

By Fisheads San Juan River | April 20, 2019

Slowly but surely the river is on the mend.  The water clarity is improving but from a distance, it still is pretty murky.  Fortunately, the river is getting more green, our normal spring color, than brown.  The guides are reporting good fishing and everyone is catching fish. There are good hatches in the afternoon;  blue…

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