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New Mexico Fishing Report for The San Juan River

Capt. Mark Nesbit
January 31, 2003
San Juan River - Freshwater Fishing Report

San Juan River is Flowing at 330 cfs, the water is off colored Visibility is about 3'. Fishing has been good with quality fish being caught..The crowd’s are gone and fishing is getting hot. Nymphing has been good with large fish being caught thru-out the river system. Worms and eggs have been productive. Small red, pink, or orange larva #24's have been doing well.

Beatis patterns like pheasant tails, rs2, chocolate foam wings have been working well in the faster water in late am, early PM. Large wooly buggers, streamer’s, and leeches fished in the slower deep water might hook up with jaws with an attitude. I seen a few heads rising today in Duranglers. Water is trying to clear depending on average temp. and how it effects the lake.


This area has been fishing good .

• UFO’s (tan or brown size 24's)

• Brassies

• Scuds (gray)

• Spectra #24

• Desert storms #24

• Gray RS-2's and Johnny Flashes

• Black Midge emergers

• Worms, orange & brown

• Eggs, golden nugget & chartreuse


Fishing has been good in the braids and the upper flats water.

• Same flies as above for the AM

• Black midge emergers

• Brassies

• San Juan worms (AM)

• Chocolate beatis patterns like RS-2, Johnny Flashes

• Flashback Pheasant tails

• Chocolate foam wings


Fishing has been good..

• Desert storm #24.

• San Juan worms ( brown or orange)

• Gray or chocolate RS-2

• Midge emergers Black or olive

• Red larva and UFO’s

• Chocolate foam wings

• Black leeches’s


• San Juan worms (brown is best)

• Midge emergers

• Flashback Pheasant tails

• Chocolate beatis patterns

• Dark post parachute Adams #20

• Brassie’s #22

• Red larvae

The weather has been spring like here, January was the warmest (and driest )in history. We need the rain but why not come and enjoy the nice fishing weather. We have discounted rates this time of year, good through the end of February.

Tight lines, Mark

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Blue Sky Flyfishing Co.
P.O. Box 6442
#33 Cty. Rd. 4279
Navajo Dam, NM 87419
Phone: 505-634-0582
Alt. Phone: 877-Go San Juan
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