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San Juan USGS River Flow 635 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
August 2, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report 
It's time. Get out there. Fish until you don't have anything left in the tank. Fish until you fall over from exhaustion. You'd better take that advice and follow it. Here we are in August already, and before you know it, summer will have past you by, eaten up by the mundane minutiae of day to day life and you'll be wondering how it got away from you. Don't get caught up in paying the rent. Don't worry about the dust under the couch. It'll all be there when you come back, it always has been, it always will be, it's not going anywhere. Focus, just make it happen. Create those moments that are going to stay with you for a lifetime, like that big head that materialized out of nowhere and inhaled that size 10 hopper, like a fat kid on a doughnut— pink cheeks and big maw the size of your hand. That moment when you lower the net and watch 5 pounds of silver, red, green, and black polka dots, disappear back into pristine, gin-clear, icy Rocky Mountain snow melt and stare up at an azure sky above sandstone bluffs, that sky so blue it almost hurts your eyes. Feel the heat of that New Mexico summer sun, let it radiate down to your very bones. That my friends—that is going to be the memory you keep locked up in your medial temporal lobe that you can draw on when times get tough, not whether you remembered to have the tires on the SUV rotated last week, or whether you remembered to turn off the coffee pot this morning before you left for work. That's the good part of life, that's what you need more of. Right now there's thousands of those memories swimming around out there on the San Juan. It's time to make a few of them yours. You can take the time to thank me later, right now you need to fish. Now here's what we've got going on—flows of 635 cfs, with clear water conditBad Day at Texas Creek Imageions and fish that are settling into their new holding spots from the flow increase a short time back. The water looks great and all that drifting moss and didymo that were stirred up by the increase are a thing of the past. As far as the quality of fishing, I'd call it good, and getting better every day. I had to work for my fish earlier this week, mainly because they had moved from my old haunts during the days of the 350 cfs flows, but when I found them, I caught 'em. I'm not saying it was epic, I've had epic here when the fishing was so easy it was silly, but it was good, and I only think it will get better as the fish settle into their new groove and I start figuring out their new hideouts. As far as what to use, it depends on what type of fishing you want to do and where you want to do it. If you're one of those die hard nymphers and can't be persuaded otherwise, then stick with dark pupae patterns in size 24 and 26 and go to your small midge emerger patterns, later in the day. I also think it's time to pony up the extra cash for some 6x fluorocarbon with this clear water. If you're fishing Texas Hole and below, you'll want to have some baetis patterns in your box, especially root beers, RS2s, and chocolate and gray foam wings. There were some baetis adults on the water this past week in the lower river, but this was on a couple of those cooler, overcast afternoons, so I'm not sure we'll see that again this week, if it stays bright and sunny, but come prepared just in case. While we are on the subject of dries, I'm still on the hopper kick and have been able to bring up some good fish, even in the absence of good midge hatches. That kind of fishing isn't for the lazy kind of fisherman though, so don't expect to camp on one particular run and have great results. If you want to pursue the terrestrial route you're going to have to invest in some walking and just keep putting it in front as many fish as you can find in skinny water. If you're one of those folks that doesn't deal well with rejection, it's probably not going to be all that satisfying for you. I will say that the fish you do catch will probably be of better quality but not quantity. You are no doubt going to have more takes on dries right now on size 24 and 26 midge dries on 7x, and the midge hatches seem to be a bit better in the lower river in my experience right now, than in the upper river. Overall, it's good, rewarding fishing on the San Juan and most likely to improve daily, especially if we stay at a stable 650 cfs flow, which is pretty likely, for a while longer. If you would like more info or need to book a guided trip, give us a call at 505-632-2194, don't let summer pass you by.                                                   

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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