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New Mexico Fishing Report for The San Juan River

Capt. Mark Nesbit
November 12, 2004
San Juan River - Freshwater Fishing Report

Hello everyone,

Fishing report updated 11/12/ 04

The river flow is around 244 cfs, the river clarity is 4-5 feet. The upper river is fishing good.. The fish are eating a size 24 gray midge larva . I like using a tmc 200r hook. Sight fishing is good in the upper flats, and braids. Fall is here and winter is coming, the browns are spawning, the rainbows will soon. Try egg patterns. The Nymphing has been good with midges in the am, and a beatis hatch in the afternoon. Technical tip. Try agitating egg patterns in slow water, using a hard down steam mend hopping the indicator 2-3" inches with a fair amount of weight. After you mend be ready for a hard strike.

Tight Lines,



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

• Scuds (gray)#22

• Gray headed black zebra midge #24

• Midge Dry’s black, olive, gray #26

• Krystal flash midge

• UFO cream & chocolate #22-26

• Egg patterns, egg, Oregon cheese, baby pink, chartreuse

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

• Princess #22

• Bead head pheasant tail #24

TEXAS HOLE to end of the quality waters

This area of the river is fishing good. The fish are starting to move into the fast water, and the overall view of the river, Fishing has improved. Start looking for fish working the bank, and cast a hopper at them.

• 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

• Princess

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P.O. Box 6442
#33 Cty. Rd. 4279
Navajo Dam, NM 87419
Phone: 505-634-0582
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