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San Juan USGS River Flow 448 cfs **
Increasing by 50 cfs Friday am, 4/24/15
Water Clarity:   1' - 1' 1/2 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 135CFS higher than the actual Flow.  The flow above and for the San Juan Flow Graph toward the bottom ot this web page have been redone using new data available from USGS on 4/24/2015.
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Fishing Report
April 19, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report  Bad Day at Texas Creek Image
Good and getting better. That's the report for this coming week. After months of 250 and 350 cfs flows, the BOR has bumped the San Juan up to 500. To top it all off, the water is clearing and the hatches and the fish activity have picked up as well. That is all good news and it is most likely to only get better over the next few weeks and on into summer. To begin with 500 cfs opens up a lot more fishable water on this river that has seemed a little claustrophobic lately, given the limited space where fish can hold. This extra water and extra current should spread the fish as well as the fishermen out a bit.  Unless you are a dry fly fisherman or are big into sight fishing for your fish, the visibility thing is just aesthetics. You can still catch plenty of fish in murky water, it's just not as pretty. But for me trout fishing is all about pretty— pretty casts, pretty fish, pretty surroundings, pretty good. It has been said that trout live in beautiful places. I'm a big believer in that axiom, and there's few things more beautiful than crystal clear, Colorado snow-melt. We're not quite there yet, but it's coming. I would venture to say that the visibility is a little better than two feet at this point. As far as the details, there are fish rising to midges on most days from 12:00 till 3:00. Sometime around 2:00 especially if there's a little cloud cover, there's BWOs on the water from Kiddie Hole all the way down river. The further downriver you are, the better the hatch seems to be. The Baetis nymphs are apparently becoming more active and if you fish anywhere from the Texas Hole down, you should have some chocolate foamwings, fluff baetis, root beers, and/or RS2s. CDC comparaduns with olive bodies for the adult imitations. For the midges, it's the usual assortment of midge pupae patterns with the bling midge and mono midge being two of my personal favorites. When you start seeing emerger activity, switch it up to crystal flash midges, scintillas, and ju-jus. I know I may sound like a broken record, but I don't think you can beat a gray fore and aft in size 24 for a fish that's eating adult midges. After a little snow on the ground here on Saturday morning, and a cold snap this past week, we should see temperatures back up in the high 60's to low 70's for the next ten days. There could be a little wind in the afternoons, but no gale force stuff that's common to New Mexico in April. Overall, a good week to be on the water here. If you need more information or would like to book a guided trip, 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

 Link to Restaurant Page

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 redone beginning 1/1/2015 using new data available from USGS on 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:


http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

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