San Juan River Fishing Reports

  • 7/16/2024

    Hello everyone, the river flows have been increased to 600 cfs yesterday and will be further increased to 700 cfs tomorrow. The river is now fishing good with the increased water flow. Overall the same flies are still working. Small #22-24 black or brown latex midge emergers. Small fluff beatis and root beers, small trico pattern. Large midge cluster patterns are also working well on the surface.

    Here's a few photos of New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, and her husband Manny guided by Blue Sky Flyfishing guides, Mark and Peggy Nesbit. Manny is holding a nice rainbow trout he caught in the Cable Hole on the San Juan River, NM.

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  • 7/4/2024

    Hello and Happy Fourth of July to everyone. The river flow was increased today to 500 cfs. Water clarity is good with about 3' feet of visibility. Fish are eating olive leeches and red larva. I like the 500 cfs flow rate. The fish will start to spread out over more areas of the river. #22-24 brown or black midge, #18-22 red larva, #8-10 olive and natural bunny leeches are working. #16-18 Madam X working for the surface. Here's a photo of Scott and his wife, Grace. They had a great time together, for their first-time fly fishing. The weather is perfect with the lows in the upper 50's and the day-time temperatures in the 80's. Tight lines to all.

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  • 6/23/2024

    The San Juan river is fishing great, the water clarity has improved and so has the fishing. The river flow is around 360cfs. #22-24 brown and black latex midges, #20-22 gray beatis patterns, fluff and poly wing RS2's. #22-24 root beers, natural or olive leeches. Some heads rising to ant patterns. Here's a photo of a recent trip fishing with Ron and Rita. They did very well for their first time fly fishing. Thank you folks, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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  • 5/24/2024

    Hello everyone, the river is fishing great. The water flow is around 350cfs. Water clarity is good with a 4-5' visibility. The beatis (BWO) hatch has been strong. Patterns that have been working well for me are #22-22 gray or brown fluff beatis, #22-24 root beers, #22-24 flash back pheasant tails. #22-24 brown or black midge pupa's or emergers. #22-24 gray parachute Adams. Here's a picture of Damian and a really nice brown trout he caught in the "Chute" on the San Juan River, New Mexico a couple days ago. Come and enjoy some great fishing on the San Juan River, NM with Blue Sky Flyfishing.

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  • 5/9/2024

    Hello everyone, the river has been fishing good. The river flow was increased to about 500 cfs yesterday. Water 💦 clarity is around 3'. What was working good for me was a #20-22 gray fluff beatis, #22-24 flash back pheasant tails, root beers. Brown or black latex midge, Big Macs. There will be No High-water levels this year. Come and enjoy some of this amazing water with our Blue Sky team of expert guides. Here's a photo of Robert and a great looking brown trout caught in Jack's Hole, San Juan River, NM Tight lines to all

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  • 5/2/2024

    The San Juan River is flowing @ 367 cfs. The water clarity is around 3-4'. Fishing has been good to great. The midge hatch has been great and the BWO's have been good in the afternoon. #22-24 black or brown latex emerging midge with a little flash collar. #20-22 black Big Macs, red larva. In the mid-morning and early afternoon, the Beatis (BWO's) are coming off. #20-22 gray or brown fluff beatis, #20-22 root beers, #22-24 flash back pheasant tails. On the surface #18-24 griffins Knatt or black parachute post midge. #20-24 parachute Adams. Tight lines to all

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  • 4/24/2024

    Hi Anglers, The San Juan River flow is @ 357 cfs. The water clarity is about 2-3 feet in the upper area, and the visibility improves as you get more down river. Overall, the river is fishing good. Tiny #24 black blings, mono midges, and #24 Chocolate foam wings were working best for me, Mark Nesbit, of Blue Sky Flyfishing. From Simon Canyon down there is a few trout starting to look 👀 up and feeding on midge clusters, and #22-24 BWO's #22-24 calf hair post Parachute Adams works great for this. The weather has been Spring like. Cool in the morning but warms up in mid-morning. The afternoon can get a New Mexico Breeze 5-50 mph. Come and enjoy fishing this gorgeous river with Mark Nesbit, Blue Sky Flyfishing. Here's a great photo of Dave and a nice Rainbow Trout that he caught in the lower flats on a #22 gray Polly Wing RS2. Great smile! He did a great job of landing the fish in very shallow water with a very short rig with light tippet. Tightlines to all, Mark

    San Juan angler with big fat rainbow trout.



  • 4/14/2024

    Hello Everyone, the river flow is still about the same as last week. Flow is still @ 515 cfs. Water clarity is about 2' in the upper part of the river. Starts to get a little bit more visibility in the lower portion of the river. The thermocline in Navajo Lake is turning over. The warmer nights will help with settling down the lake and the clarity of the river will improve. The river fished good for a couple days for Jerry. What was working for me on the first day was #22-24 small black midges. Mark's Mojo Midge (3M), #20 -22 red larva. In the afternoon #22-24 gray RS2. Second day was more midges and the red larva. Lower section of the river fished best late in the afternoon. Tightlines to all, Mark

    Dehooking a trout for release.
    Brown trout
    Brown trout



  • 4/8/2024

    Hi Everyone, the river is fishing good. They increased the water flow to around 500cfs. It's one of my favorite flow rates. The fish are happy, our BWO's hatch has started. Midges in the morning and mayflies in mid-morning. Some days the fish are looking up again. #20-22 flashback pheasant tails, fluff beatis, and root beers, RS2 and gray or chocolate foam wings. Black #24 midge pupa's and emergers working. #20-24 parachute Adams working on the surface.

    Dehooking a trout for release.



  • 3/26/2024

    The San Juan River flow is around 350 cfs. Water clarity is around 2-2 1/2 ' feet. Some moss and salad in the water column. Fishing in the quality water area has improved considerably in the last week. Some days the beatis, BWO's are coming off better than others but the fish are starting to look up. The midge hatches was good early in the morning and then the mayflies started to hatch. Size #24 black midge pupa's and emergers, working, #20 red larva in the morning. #22 Flash back pheasant tails, root beers and #20-22 gray fluff beatis, #20-24 parachute Adams, and black midge cluster patterns working. Spring is a beautiful time on the San Juan and a great opportunity to shake off those "cabin fever blues" so give us a call and come wet a line with us.

    Dehooking a trout for release.
    Brown trout



  • 3/15/2024

    Hello Everyone, The San Juan River has been fishing good overall. The river is flowing around 390cfs. On a recent trip the river treated us good with some nice brown trout caught. What has been working for us was a orange or yellow egg patterns and red larva, leeches and jigs still working. On some days the midges are hatching, and a few #18-20 bwo's. The weather is decent and will just keep getting better with improving conditions.

    Dehooking a trout for release.
    Brown trout



  • 3/4/2024

    Hello Everyone, The river is flowing @ 372 cfs, water clarity is around 2 1/2 feet. Watercolor is getting better with a bit greener/blue hue to it. Quality water section, Fishing has been fair to good with marabou jigs, gray or brown streamers. Egg patterns, and red larvae are still working. Small #22-24 black midges are also working. The bait water section has been fished good lately. Some bwo's coming off in the afternoon. Spring is on the way with the fishing and weather improving. Come and enjoy getting a tight line with Blue Sky Fly Fishing.

    Two rainbow troput in net together.
    Client and Capt. Mark with beautiful rainbow.



  • 2/18/2024

    The river is flowing at around 380 cfs. Water is getting clearer with the 2-2'6" foot visibility. Some grass and moss, but not too bad. Fishing has been good with some days better than others. What has been working for me is ..... marabou jigs and leeches, different colors and sizes, but olive/ black has been a good choice. Size #22-24 black latex, bling midge pupa's, Mark's mojo midge, red larva of different sizes #16-24. Some real beauts are starting to show. For some great fishing contact Mark at Blue Sky Flyfishing.

    Beautiful San Juan River Rainbow
    Beautiful San Juan River Rainbow



  • 2/6/2024

    The river is flowing around 340 cfs. Water clarity is about a 18", watercolor is pea soup but clearing. Has some chunks of moss, but lots less than it did, Black #22-24 midge pupa's #22-24 black ufo's, laytex midge patterns, orange and yellow egg patterns still working, as are leeches, jigs, and Streamers. Remember it's in the twitch that creates the eat of the fly when fishing with streamers.

    Beautiful San Juan River




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