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New Mexico Fishing Report for The San Juan River

Capt. Mark Nesbit
July 5, 2004
San Juan River - Freshwater Fishing Report

New fishing report as of 7/5/04

Hello everyone,

Fishing report updated 7/5/ 04

The river flow is around 460 cfs, the river clarity is 4-5 feet. The river fishes best for me at 450-600cfs river flow. I am real happy with this flow. The dry fly fishing has started. The ant fall was last Tuesday. It was good in some parts of the river and lots of ants on the water and no rising fish. Then in other pparts of the river the fish where gulping ants hard, size16 black ants. I was up on the lake where the carp went nut’s on the ant fall. My belly has bruise’s all over from digging that rod handle into my gut fighting those rubber lipped rascals. As far as the river goes, the whole river is fishing good. The upper waters is fishing good early using midge larva and pupas. The lower waters is fishing good with a late afternoon PMD hatch. The caddis are happening now to.

Tight Lines to all,



• Larva, red, cream, gray, olive, brown #18-24

• Scuds (gray)#22

• Gray headed black zebra midge #24

• Midge Dry’s black, olive, gray #26

• Kf midge

• UFO cream & chocolate #22-26

• Worms, orange & brown, red

UPPER FLATS TO TEXAS HOLE: Fishing has been good in the braids and the upper flats water. The main channel is still being over fished. The fishing has improved in the main channel. The river flow increase helped this area, and the braid’s.. The bottom line about fishing the main channel is be prepared too share. It is always crowed any more..

Same flies as above for the AM

• RS’2 chocolate, gray #22-20

• Pheasant tail #20-22

• Foam wings chocolate, gray #20-22

• San Juan worms brown, orange, flesh

• chamois leech

• Bead head pheasant tail #24

TEXAS HOLE to end of the quality waters

This area of the river is starting to fish good. The fish are starting to move into the fast water, and the overall view of the river, Fishing has improved. Start looking for Pmd’s and caddis in the bait waters, then in the lower quality waters. Hopefully we will have a good hatch this year.

• Bead head pheasant tail #24

• RS’2 Brown, or gray #20-22

• Pheasant tail #20-22

• Foam wings brown, gray#20-22

• Desert storms #22-24

• gold ribbed hare’s ear #18

• UFO cream, brown #22-26

• Zebra midge #24-26

• caddis larva #16-20

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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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