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San Juan USGS River Flow 592 cfs    ** 
Increasing to 1300 CFS Friday, Aug 7 and decreasing to 650 CFS Monday Aug 10
Water Clarity:  2' 1/2  - 3' Visibility Abe's 50 Year Celebration
** On April 23, 2015 the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the flows published by the USGS for the Archuleta Site (09355500) were approximately 135 CFS higher than the actual Flow.  The flow above and the flows for the San Juan Flow Graph toward the bottom of this web page have been adjusted using new data available from USGS on or after 4/24/2015 resulting in a CFS value approximately 135 CFS lower than before.
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Fishing Report
August 30, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report 
There are times here when the fishing can be easy, almost too easy, and others, when things become a little tougher, a challenge, if you will. I suppose that if it was always simple and easy, it perhaps, may not always hold my interest as much, as part of the joy I seem to draw from it comes from the summons to engage my skill, which tends to make the reward even sweeter. Like the old Yogi Berra quote that, "Baseball is 90 per cent mental and the other half is physical, '' a large part of the allure of fly fishing comes from using your acquired knowledge in that gray matter between your ears, in order to be successful at it. On the flip side of that, I doubt I would keep coming back for more, if I went out all the time and kept having my ass handed to me. Once you get your expectations grounded a little more toward reality and realize that every day is not going to be a 50 fish day, it makes it bit easier to enjoy the sport and focus on the all too often overlooked aesthetics it has to offer— the other half of the 90 per cent. So don't get so wrapped up in the catching part that you forget to look up, up to that other world where fish, sky, and ochre sandstone all meld into one. Don't miss the late summer sun turning the surrounding mesas to bright vermilion, or the hint of the fall wind scented with sage after a rain, the beauty of a flock of geese in flight, and the sound of moving water. Fishing is more than fishing, relax, slow down and enjoy the best part of the whole year, when the sunlight becomes softer and that azure western sky rolls out into and endless horizon, and beyond. The catching part will come, it always does. That said, it's been hard for me to predict from day to day lately, just how this river is going to fish. I've had some great fishing in the past couple of weeks, but there have been more than enough days when I've really had to work hard at it, without such stellar results. MBad Day at Texas Creek Imageaybe if I were much smarter, I would be able to figure out the reason things are as the are, but for the life of me I certainly can't see enough difference in the conditions from day to day, to put any plausible reason together. In reflection on past years, I guess the best that I can offer, is that the fishing can just get tough here around this time of year, and leave it at that. Now I don't mean to give off the impression that it's so tough, you're gonna get skunked tough, but come prepared knowing that from day it's inconsistent at best, in my opinion—meaning you may go out and hammer them one day, and the next, wonder if you're fishing the same river. And, all that can change overnight- it's just the San Juan in late August and early September. As far as the conditions, the flows are around 600 cfs and will likely stay in that range for a while. The water is gin clear, which allows for some good sight fishing opportunities, but can add to the frustration level when you can see them, but can't get them to eat. The midge hatches have been pretty sparse and in my experience the early morning till noon has been a good time to fish small (24s and 26s) midge dries and parachute Adams on 7x, when the light is best and you can target individual rising fish. Later around 3:00 or 3:30 you can get another shot at it, when the bugs get going again, but the hatches appear light and the fish are spread out. If you're nymphing, small and dark size 24 and 26 midge pupae and emergers seem the way to go. As far as the bigger terrestrial stuff, on the calm days that we have been seeing, when the water looks like glass, most of the fish act like they're bored to death with that stuff, but you can still pull up some big, opportunistic fish in the faster, shallow water, you just have to be ready, because they'll come out of nowhere, and your fly will just suddenly disappear. There are a few baetis adults on the water in the lower river on most days from around 1:00 till 4:00, but they're scattered and I haven't seen the fish get too exited about them yet. From past experience, there has to be a lot of them for an extended period of time for the fish to react and I think we need some cooler, overcast weather to make that happen. Overall, the fishing is good, and most likely to only get more consistent, as we head into fall. If you would like to book a guided trip or need more info, give us a call at 505-632-2194.                                 

Report by Jay Walden

New Fishing License Required April 1       
Reminder - time to purchase new Fishing Licenses:  The 2014-2015 Fishing Season will end March 31, 2015 and a new NM Fishing Season will begin April 1, 2015 and end March 31, 2016.  New NM 2015-2016 licenses will be required beginning April 1, 2015.

NM Fishing License Info

 Spring High Flow 2015

Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
Snowpack for the 2014/2015 winter season has been below normal, unless signifiicant moisturre comes into the system in late spring it is not expected that there will be a 2015 High Flow which normally occurrs in late May to June. 

The San Juan features year round consistent temperatures out of Navajo Dam providing a fabulous Four Season Fishery!  Water temps are in the low 40's near the dam providing a consistent environment for insect growth and development.  Fish have access to midges and annelids year round in addition to more seasonal mayfly, caddis, terrestrials and golden stonefly nymphs and adults.


NM Free Fishing Days:  You may fish without a license on two scheduled Saturdays/year as part of National Fishing Day & National Hunting & Fishing Day -- generally the first Saturday in June & the last Saturday in September. Please consult the NM Fishing Proclamation for exact dates &/or changes.  
NM Fishing Proclamation

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Restaurant - El Pescador is Open for the 2015 Fishing Season

Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday 6:30 am-9:00 pm,  Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm    Closed Monday and Tuesday



BOR Stream Improvement Project - Project Completed Jan 2012  Beginning Oct. 10, 2011 the BOR will begin a $300,000 habitat improvement project on the “ Braids” section of the San Juan River. The first phase of the project will encompass changes to the Rex Smith Wash and address the silting problems associated with that area. During this time, the trail to the upper reaches of the river will be inaccessible from the berm area of the Texas Hole parking lot. In order to reach those areas of the river, you will have to access them by wading upriver from the Kiddie Hole Area, or from the BOR parking lot, located near the dam. The second phase of the project will begin sometime in November and the “Braids” area will be closed to fishing for about 30 days, until early December. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by January 8, 2012. There will still be plenty of water to fish during this time and upon completion, this project will add more fishable water and improved habitat for the trout in that area. We will be posting further information via our weekly fishing reports on our website.

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As always, we truly value our faithful customers and look forward to meeting new fishers daily to the San Juan -- Please stop in for a visit and share your fishin' stories. We'll be scoutin' and fishin' the river to provide you with the most current river info.

  2015 and 2008-2012 Historical Flow Data for the San Juan River

   San Juan Flow Graph

** On April 23, 2015 the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the flows published by the USGS for the Archuleta Site (09355500) were approximately 135CFS higher than the actual Flow.  The flow above and for the San Juan Flow Graph have been adjusted beginning 1/1/2015 using new data available from USGS on or after 4/24/2015.  Data for years prior to 2015 has not been changed. 

  San Juan River estimated Flow Data 2008 to Current

San Juan Flow Graph 2014
San Juan Flow Graph 2013

The San Juan Flow Graph data above are provided by Abe's Motel and Fly Shop and Aspire Computer Solutions, LLC as information to fishermen/women and other interested parties.  The data are drawn from the USGS public records, some of the data are provisional and may be subject to change.  In some cases CFS values were missing and estimated CFS Average values were substituted based on available Gauge readings. 

The flows in the San Juan river below Navajo Dam are controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in compliance with existing law and authorized purposes.  As is the case with many other western waters, some flows are influenced by system wide efforts to protect endangered species.  Water is naturally limited and always in high demand  in the Southwest, many competing entities are present staking claims to San Juan water and by complying with previous agreements/laws,  the BOR has limited flexibility in how flows are maintained. 

The reservoir at Navajo Dam was constructed from 1958 to 1962 as part of the Colorado River Storage Project.  There were two important provisions to the congressional authorization to build the dam, one included a substantial diversion of water from the San Juan Basin through the continental divide to the Chama river in northern New Mexico to supply additional waters to New Mexico cities along the Rio Grande.  These flows are not shown on the graph as the San Juan Chama Project water is drawn from the system before it enters Navajo Reservoir.  The second provision set aside a substantial amount of San Juan water to provide for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP).  The NIIP project is intended to irrigate approximately 110,600 acres of Navajo farmland south of the San Juan River.  The water for the NIIP project is drawn from the reservoir through a diversion headworks near the south side of the dam and moves water to the NIIP Project through approximately 60 miles of tunnels and canals south of the river,  bypassing the river.  As a result of the San Juan Chama Project and the NIIP Project waters no longer being present in the main river channel,  the San Juan has been a smaller river since the dam was constructed.   

In recent years flows on the San Juan have been significantly influenced by the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP) which recommends minimum flows (500 - 1000 cfs) in a targeted critical habitat downstream for two endangered species,  the Colorado Pikeminnow and the Razorback Sucker.  The critical habitat area is between Farmington and Lake Powell.  When sufficient water is available a short period of high water (5,000 CFS) is delivered to the river in spring to mimic historical flows in the interest of improving downstream habitat for the Endangered Species.  The main contributors to flow in the Endangered Species Habitat area are the San Juan and the Animas rivers.  As the Animas is a free flowing river, flows from the San Juan are adjusted up and down to try to meet the recommended flows in the Critical Habitat Area. 

For fishermen/women the lower flows of 2015 provide access to more of the river.  For those on Guided Trips, the river still fishes well in drift boats. 

The BOR provides information on the current status of the reservoir at Navajo Dam at the following link:


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