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The San Juan River

Summer Fishing and Camping on the San Juan River

Summer on the San Juan river is great for anglers who know how to handle the heat as they will enjoy dynamite dry fly action, lots of sight fishing in incredibly clear water and a really memorable experience, especially in the weeks following the annual spring flush. Continue reading »

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Spring Fishing on the San Juan River – Tips and Tricks

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Spring fishing on the San Juan River means dry fly action and plenty of it so box up the nymphs, break out the flies and get after it. Continue reading »

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San Juan Sees Even More Improvements for Anglers and Wildlife

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It’s the dead of winter and Mike Lee of Arizona is catching big beautiful trout on dry flies at the Lower Flats of the San Juan River in northwestern New Mexico and state fisheries biologist Marc Wethington couldn’t be happier for him. Continue reading »

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Habitat Improvements on New Mexico’s San Juan River a Huge Success

Mark Wethington, Fisheries Biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) shows off a nice Rainbow trout caught in revitalized Braids section of the San Juan River.

Recent fish habitat improvement projects on the San Juan River have surpassed expectations at the state’s top trout fishery and it would appear most anglers are thrilled with the results. Continue reading »

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Latest San Juan Project to Limit Silt, Improve Fishing

The popular Braids fishing area of the San Juan River below Navajo Dam will remain off-limits to anglers until sometime in December 2011 as construction crews finish installing fish habitat improvements and sediment controls. “It’ll be worth the wait,” says Marc Wethington, San Juan Fisheries Biologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish … Continue reading »

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The Lure of Fly Fishing New Mexico’s San Juan River

I knew a man once who considered the San Juan River below Navajo Dam nothing but a fishermen’s cathouse, stocked with big, bawdy fish whose sole purpose in life was to satisfy every anglers’ fishing, fantasy. It was too crowded, too noisy and way too competitive for him. He’d rather stick to the solitude and … Continue reading »

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Legendary Ant Fall on San Juan River Amazes Anglers

They landed on the water with a plop and then began to wiggle and squirm. Big, black, flying ants and plenty of them. It didn’t take long for the trout to rise from the bottom and start gulping them down. We had lucked into the rare and legendary ant fall on the trophy class waters … Continue reading »

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Fly fishing the San Juan River with Veteran Guide, Peggy Harrell.

You could call her the queen of the San Juan River. She’s that good-looking gal behind the counter at Fisheads Fly shop. The one dispensing expert advice on how to fish the blue ribbon trout waters or offering to guide a couple of lucky anglers below legendary Navajo Dam. And in the man’s world of … Continue reading »

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Caddis Hatch on the San Juan River – Soaring Eagle Lodge has it Covered.

A swarm of fluttering caddis arose as I pushed aside a brushy tree limb and discovered a long, slow, stretch of the San Juan River before me.

Over by the far bank, telltale rings appeared on the surface of the calm water.

There were trout holding in a shallow riffle just a few feet upstream of the deep cover provided by an overhanging Russian olive tree.

I slipped into the river in a crouch and slowly made my way out across the wide expanse of open water, laying out line in the air as I gauged the distance. Continue reading »

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San Juan River Habitat Improvement Projects Apparently Work!

Anglers looking for some good fishing and a little breathing room on New Mexico’s popular San Juan River need only look downstream to a stretch of recently improved trout habitat.   “Looks like money well spent,” said Tim McCarthy, 56, of Albuquerque, as he released a good-sized rainbow trout caught in the project area during … Continue reading »

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