Fishing Reports for the San Juan River in New Mexico.

San Juan River Fishing Reports

San Juan River Flows Are Dropping, Fly Fishing is Great

By Fisheads San Juan River | September 4, 2019

After catching a big Rainbow Maggie landed this sweet Brownie. The river flows, from a high of 1750cfs, are decreasing to 1400cfs today and 1200cfs by tomorrow.  Fishing has been really good in spite of the flows. There has been a lot of stocking in the river.  But, there are many areas where waders are…

San Juan River Fishing Report: Yes, River River is High

By Fisheads San Juan River | August 29, 2019

The San Juan River is at 1740cfs but the fish are still here.  The water visibility is good, not totally clear but we have definitely seen it a lot worse.  Fishing is good.  The impact of the high water on wade fishing is a little different.  The best places to wade are Texas hole to…

San Juan River Fishing Report: School is back in session

By Fisheads San Juan River | August 16, 2019

School started this week and the San Juan River in New Mexico has been a fisherman’s dream.  Not too busy and the fishing is good.  The river is now at 1260cfs as they raised the water last evening. The usual suspects are still working such as red and cream larva in sizes 22-24.  Dark zebra…

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…