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New Mexico Fishing Report for The San Juan River

Capt. Mark Nesbit
September 14, 2003
San Juan River - Freshwater Fishing Report

Hello Everybody,

The river is flowing around 350 cfs, river clarity is around four to five feet. The river is fishing good at this flow level. Lots of great fishing in the riffles. Dry fly fishing is great in the lower stretches using size #26 olive & brown midges. Large black midge cluster pattern working good. The beatis hatch was good last week. My clients caught some nice fish on a parachute blue wing olives # 20's. The lower part of the river below Simon Canyon was washed out 9/9/03. It will take awhile for those fish to move back in. The best fishing is coming soon in early fall. The weather and season change in colors is about to start. Warm days and cool nights, fall is special here. I had some clients land a pair of large fish that had paired up before the spawn.. Tight Lines until next time. Mark


This area •• Larva, red, cream, gray, brown #18-24

•• Scuds (gray)

•• Olive, natural, gray leeches & wooly buggers

•• Midge Dry’s olive, gray #26

•• Chocolate, & gray foam wings

•• Black bead head Midge emergers#24

•• Worms, orange & brown, red


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

•• Same flies as above for the AM

•• Black midge emergers

•• San Juan worms (AM)

•• Chocolate beatis patterns like RS-2, Johnny Flashes

•• Midge clusters, black #18

•• Gray & Chocolate foam wings


Fishing has een good.

•• Gray or chocolate Johnny Flashes #22

•• Gray or chocolate RS-2

•• Midge emergers black or cream

•• Red, cream, gray larva #24

•• Gray & Chocolate foam wings.


•• San Juan worms

•• Gray & choc UV wing #22-24

•• cream & brown UFO’’s #24

•• Midge emergers

•• Flashback Pheasant tails

•• Chocolate beatis patterns

•• Parachute Blue Wing •• Midge clusters Olive #20's

has been fishing really good .

•• UFO’’s (cream or brown size #22-24

black #18

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Contact Info:

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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