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Fishing Report
May 1, 2015

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Jay Walden
At a time of such great political ugliness and divisiveness as a whole, it's great to know that there is at least one thing that everyone can agree on. And by ugly, I mean real ugly, things have gotten so bad that now even Superman and Batman are at war with each other. I mean, what's that all about? And apparently the rift has become so bad that now it's gone public and they've decided to make a movie about it. What's the world coming to? Well, at least we've still got the sport of fly-fishing, where outside of a few passive-aggressive overtures like occasionally crowding another fisherman's coveted spot, we still retain a good deal of gentlemanly decorum. I'm a firm believer that if only more folks would become practitioners of ''the quiet sport" the world, would; no doubt, become a better place in which to live. Hopefully if you read this, you'll realize that by fishing more, you're not only doing yourself a big favor—you're helping out humanity as a whole. As for a place to start and spread your benevolence, thereby making the planet an improved abode for us all, I can think of no better spot than the San Juan. If you haven't been here recently and done your part, I'm thinking this would be a great week to start. Presently we have flows here of around 400 cfs, which will likely stay in place until May 16th when the BOR will begin their high spring release of 5,000 cfs. Bear in mind that date is about as fluid as the water that they plan to release and is totally dependent on the weather. The goal is to time the peak of the release with the peak of runoff in the Animas river, so there's a possibility that if the weather stays cool and the runoff doesn't happen when they think it will, that date could get pushed forward to the 23rd of May, or possibly even later. Stay tuned for updates. Anyway, once it happens, we're looking at about 31 days of 5,000 cfs with a two week ramp down to normal levels. In the meantime, the water clarity is around two to two-and-a-half feet. The big news as of late, is the appearance of some BWOs in the lower section of the river with some pretty good dry fly fishing starting around 1:30 and lasting some days until around 3:00. The better news is that up until Friday of this coming week, it looks like we will have a much appreciated respite from the wind, which will definitely aide this type of fishing. As far as what else is happening, the midge hatches have been sporadic, occurring at the whim of Mother Nature on some days, and non-existent on others. When they are happening, they're coming off later (around noon) and a bit unpredictable on duration. The more consistent method of catch at this time seems to favor the nymphing method, with an eye out for an afternoon hatch and a chance to switch over to dries. As far as nymph choices go, stick with the tried and true larva patterns, especially red, and drop off a midge pupa pattern in size 24 and 26, or a midge emerger, as the conditions dictate.  Outside of that, if you are fishing from the Texas Hole and below, you are going to need some BWO nymph patterns like rootbeers, RS2s, chocolate and gray foamwings, and fluff baetis. I'm liking fore and afts in 24 and olive comparaduns in size 22 for my dry fly choices right now. Well, hope you came make it out this week. The clock is ticking on time left for good wade access before the flow goes up. If you would like to book a guided trip or need more information, give us a call at 505-632-2194.                       
Report by Jay Walden

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Reminder - time to purchase new Fishing Licenses:  The 2015-2016 Fishing Season will end March 31, 2016 and a new NM Fishing Season will begin April 1, 2016 and end March 31, 2017.  New NM 2016-2017 licenses will be required beginning April 1, 2016.

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 Spring High Flow 2016

Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
Snowpack for the 2015/2016 winter season is projected to provide for a Spring 'High Flow' as recommended by the SJRIP (San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program) to mimic a natural spring flow.  If the current forecast for precipitation continues, it is expected that the river will ramp up to 5,000 CFS over a 3 day period beginning mid May followed by 31 days at 5,000 CFS.  Following the High Flow, he river will ramp down to a seasonal flow over a 2 week period.  The San Juan fishes well from a drift boat with an experienced guide during High Flows, many fishermen do very well during decreases in flow.   Updated 4/19/2016
Motel Info

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.

Born 'N' Raised Info 

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 2016 Fishing Season

Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday 6:30 am-9:00 pm,    Closed Monday and Tuesday


RV Slot Info 

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.

  2016 and 2008-2012 Historical Flow Data for the San Juan River

   San Juan Flow Graph

  San Juan River estimated Flow Data 2008 to Current

San Juan Flow Graph 2015
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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