The San Juan River
New Mexico’s trophy trout fishery, the San Juan River below Navajo Dam, will be getting an upgrade for Christmas including two new boat ramps and many in-stream habitat improvements. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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