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San Juan USGS River Flow 353 cfs **
Water Clarity:   2' - 2' 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 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
May 24, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report 
With weather that has seemed more like March than mid-May, conditions were somewhat challenging this past week, not so much for the fish, but more so for the fishermen. Based on the the mild weather that we had been having all the way back into January, I think most folks, including myself, were expecting to have busted out the sunscreen and t-shirts by now, instead of dealing with wind, rain, hail, and daytime highs that occasionally struggled to reach the 50 degree mark. Ah, springtime in the Rockies—be prepared for anything. For those that persevered and stuck it out, they were rewarded with some pretty good fishing. The overcast skies and cooler temperatures brought out some BWOs in the lower stretches of the river, and midges elsewhere, and created some pretty good dry fly fishing during the times when the wind wasn't so bad. Heck, I even managed to pull up a few fish to terrestrial patterns, in between thunderstorms, earlier in the week. The nymph fishing was pretty good too, if you didn't mind enduring the elements a bit. For the coming week, outside of a pretty good chance of rain on Tuesday, things look to be improving on the weather front with more sunshine and warmer temperatures headed our way. The water conditions should hold steadyBad Day at Texas Creek Image around 350 cfs, as far as the flows go, with the rain we saw this week still keeping the Animas running at a pretty good clip, creating less of a need for San Juan water to augment flows, further downstream. As far as clarity goes, we're still looking at about 2 to 3 feet of visibility, which is unlikely to change anytime soon, with the water still being released from the spillway location of the dam which draws from a source deeper in the reservoir, down where the murkier stuff is located. I have it from a pretty good source that the work on the power generation side is running behind schedule and it may be as late as sometime in July before that work is finished and the release point is switched, so it looks like we are going to have to live with what we've got for clarity conditions for a while. Overall, the clarity isn't really that bad and it certainly hasn't affected the quality of the fishing any, but it would be nice to see some crystal clear water again, just for aesthetics sake. For fly choices, I say stick with the midge larva and pupa patterns earlier in the day like red larva, mono midges and blings. Around 10:30 or so, you'll probably want to add an emerger pattern like a crystal flash, scintilla, or ju-ju. You are likely to see some snouts begin to break the surface around this time as well, and if you like to fish dries, I don't think you can find a better imitation than a fore and aft in gray or black in size 24, although you'll need to go down to 7x to effectively catch these fish. If you fish anywhere from the Texas Hole and below, a must have for your nymphing right now is a good baetis imitation. Root beers, RS2s, fluff baetis, and chocolate and gray foam wings are all good choices. If you're coming out on the weekend, expect some company. With the flows at 350 cfs, there's only so much water to fish if you are wading. With the section of river below Simon Canyon taken out of the equation, due to the heavy silting down there, the pressure has increased in the upper river. Unless we see a dramatic drop in the Animas flows, which may take a while, especially if this weather stays on the wet side, I wouldn't look for the flows here to increase any time real soon, which would spread folks out a bit. I'm not saying that it's so crowded you won't find water to fish, but don't be surprised if you see someone else camped on your favorite/secret run when you arrive. If you're willing to move around a bit, you'll still find plenty of places to catch fish. If you would like more info or need 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 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:


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

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