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San Juan USGS River Flow 331 cfs    **   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
Nov 29, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report  Bad Day at Texas Creek Image
Jay Walden
Summer, you've only been gone a short while, but already I miss you. Technically, we're still only 23 days away from the official start of winter, but you wouldn't really think that by looking at this coming week's weather. Monday and Tuesday are going to be cold and windy, with a low of 14 and a high of 36, the worst two days of the week— which should come as no surprise, since those will be my days off. Generally, I wouldn't go out in those conditions, a required high of 40 has become my new threshold for fishing the San Juan, because I live here and I can be choosy about when I will, and won't fish. Since I've gotten a little older, I also seem to have grown a little softer about what I'm willing to endure, just to catch a fish. But, I'm probably going to do it anyway this week, I'm going to do it for all my friends and co-workers, because when I don't fish I get cranky, too moody, too hard to bear. Sometimes, I can hardly stand to be around myself, myself. So, I'll do it to maintain my relationships—I'll take one for the team. I fished two days last week, Monday was so-so, with a slow morning for me in the upper river, not much of a hatch, not very many rising fish up there. I salvaged the day, by heading downstream where I found a bunch of fish rising to midges and managed to catch several of them. Thursday was Thanksgiving and I went out again, mainly because it's tradition for me, and I had a much better day overall, despite the wind that didn't stop until dark. I fished a mixture of midge and BWO dry patterns to fish that rose all day, even put a couple of pretty brown trout in the net, which is always a bonus. I couldn't help thinking about how much better I would have done if the wind hadn't been blowing, but I was glad to have fish rising all around me, even if I couldn't see my fly most of the time. I almost swallowed the turkey sandwich in my pack whole, because I didn't want to waste any time to get back to those fish. Anyway, if you're planning on coming out this week the water is still plenty clear enough to sight fish and the flow is back down to 331 cfs. I don't know if this past Monday was some kind of anomaly, but it seemed to me that the hatches were much better in the lower river than upper river. Maybe it has something to do with a warmer water temperature down there, I don't know. This river is quirky a lot of the time and just when I think I've got it all figured out, I don't have it all figured out. Whatever the reason, my observation is that the mid to lower section of the catch and release section has the better fishing right now, especially if you're looking to fish dries. As far as patterns go, you can't go wrong with red larva, dark colored midge pupa and emerger patterns, and some chocolate and gray foamwings, if you're nymphing. For the drys, fore and afts in size 24 and 26, and olive bodied comparaduns and cut wing baetis in size 22 have been good producers for me. Stick to 6x on the nymphs and 7x on the drys, it'll make a difference on your hookup rates. The midges are becoming active as soon as the sun is on the water for a bit and the hatch only improves as the day goes on. By the time the sun starts to sink around 3:30 things will start to taper off a bit but you can still find rising fish up until sunset if you're willing to move around and look for individual fish here and there. Expect to see some BWOS come off around noon for a couple of hours, with a few stragglers throughout the later afternoon. If there is cloud cover it will only get better. All in all, the fishing should be good this week if you can handle a little colder weather. Just remember that the clock is ticking until the lake turns over and just think about what a day on the water will do for your disposition. 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

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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.

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 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. 
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.  
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Restaurant - El Pescador is Closing for the winter season beginning Nov 1, 2015

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


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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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