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New Mexico Fishing Report for The San Juan River

Capt. Mark Nesbit
April 10, 2002
San Juan River - Freshwater Fishing Report

San Juan River is flowing at 600 cfs

Water is clear

Weather is getting better, in the 80’s some days night are in the mid 30’s.

UPPER RIVER (Dam to T-hole)

Fishing good, on San Juan worms, UFO’s (tan or brown), egg patterns (pink), midge emerger’s (black), Johnny Flashes (gray), and RS-2s. The closer you get to T-hole the smaller the average fish is, due to the summer stocking of small fish. I am finding many of the big fish are in the side channels and in the slower water, not the main riffles. Fish those fish with 6X and nothing larger than a #22.

MID-RIVER (T-hole to Death Row)

Fishing good to great. Some dry fly fishing on the days that the wind doesn’t blow the hatch away. And if that happens it still fishes really well on the BWO emergers like,

RS-2s, Johnny flashes, and Flashback Pheasant tails. In the morning, a worm or an egg pattern is worth a throw. The dry flies that are working are the standard Parachute Adams size 20 & 22s, Sparkle dun. During a midge hatch, (evening hatch) use a Griffith gnat or a single size 24 black or gray midge.

LOWER RIVER (Simon canyon to the end of Quality Waters)

Fishing good to great. Same as the mid river as far as the dry action goes, some days the fish are on the surface and some days not. The amount of sun we have during the day doesn’t seem to effect the hatch of BWO’s as much as most would think. San Juan worms and Chamois worms are working GREAT in this section of the river. Match the hatch for the trailer fly, like the RS-2s, pheasant tails, or midge patters.

We are not expecting the usual, “Spring Flush” of 5000 cfs. Due to the drought, this river will have to fluctuate between 500 to 1000 cfs to make up of the lack of flow from the Animas River.

Tight line to you


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