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Fishing Report
Nov 23
, 2014



San Juan Weekly Fishing Report 
There's hardly a time that I wouldn't recommend fishing the San Juan. The quality of the fishing here is pretty consistent.  The water is generally clear, there's lots of fish, and plenty of bug life to keep the fish on the feed most of the time. But then, there's the weather. Usually, that's pretty good too, but the earlier part of this week looks to push the limits of what I'm willing to endure to land a few fish. On Sunday and Monday the temperatures are borderline for my tastes, but it's the wind that looks to be the real problem, 30 to 35 mph just isn't a whole lot of fun when the air temperature is barely reaching 40 degrees. Tuesday is iffy, as well, with a high of 43 and winds of 15 mph, so I plan to at least to hold off till Tuesday and see what happens. Maybe I can get a few hours in in the morning, if the wind doesn't come up early. I have Thursday off this week too, and the weather is supposed to make a dramatic change for the better. I think that sounds like a safer bet. You can do whatever you want, and you'll probably catch plenty of fish in the earlier part of the week (although the dry fly fishing will be a little tough), but if you want to do it in a more comfortable fashion, your window is going to open up around mid-week. That said, here's the rest of the story. The flows are still around 350 cfs with very clear water conditions. The midge hatches are still going strong and on some days there's a smattering of BWOs to round out the mix. Although the Baetis hatches have been inconsistent at best, I've been able to use some Comparadun and Adams patterns in recent days to take some fish. I guess that most of these fish have seen enough of these bugs to pique their interest in them. Tiny midge dries on small tippet are still the most reliable way to take fish on the dry fly method, however, with fish rising to these little rascals throughout the bigger part of the day. If you're nymphing, the small, standard San Juan midge patterns of larva, pupae, and emergers will keep you into fish. There also seems to be an increase in the movement of Baetis nymphs recently, so throw in a few of your favorite Baetis patterns, like RS2's, Fluff Baetis, Rootbeers, and Foamwings, especially if you plan on fishing anywhere from Texas Hole and below. If you do come out this week, keep in mind that the shop will be closed on Thanksgiving. We will open again on Friday morning at 7 am, for business as usual. If you would like more info or need to book a guide trip, give us a call at 505-632-2194.                                

Report by Jay Walden


                             The NM 2014-2015 fishing season begins April 1, 2014 and ends March 31, 2015.    NM Fishing License Info

 Spring High Flow 2014

Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
The Bureau of Reclamation in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has made a decision to prioritize Reservoir Storage over a Spring High Flow, so without unexpected precipitation there will not be a Spring Release for 2014.

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 closed for the Winter season

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

   

 

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.



  2014 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 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 2014 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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