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San Juan USGS River Flow 469 cfs    Water Clarity:  2' 1/2  - 3' Visibility Abe's 50 Year Celebration
** On April 23, 2015 the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the flows published by the USGS for the Archuleta Site (09355500) were approximately 135 CFS higher than the actual Flow.  The flow above and the flows for the San Juan Flow Graph toward the bottom of this web page have been adjusted using new data available from USGS on or after 4/24/2015 resulting in a CFS value approximately 135 CFS lower than before.
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Fishing Report
Feb 7, 2015

San Juan Weekly Fishing Report  Bad Day at Texas Creek Image
Jay Walden
It's been a long time since we've had a hard winter here, like this one. We've had snow on the ground since just before Christmas and lots of days where the high temperatures never broke the freezing mark. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, like us fly-fishermen, a tough season like this can be a little hard to take. Normally by February, you've had your fill of it, and you start looking for signs, any sign, that it's on its way out. The first robin, a green blade of grass, a bud on a tree, can give you hope. You'll cling to the slightest gesture from nature, longing with with desire for the expectancy for spring. You'll study the weather report like a college student cramming for a mid-term, looking for warming trends or shifts in the jet-stream, anything that will bolster your spirits and get you through until warmer weather arrives. There's a certain danger in doing all that as early as February. A short warming trend, may leave you with a false expectation that you've made it, you've weathered the worst, just to have all that come crashing down with the arrival of the next cold snap or snow storm, and you'll be left with dashed hopes and a worse case of cabin fever than you began with in the first place. No, you've got to take the good with guarded optimism, enjoy it when the occasion exists but don't get too caught up in it as early as February, or it will leave you with a collapse like a Red Bull wearing off and make the arrival of the real thing seem that much farther off. Hang in there, take heart in it, but don't lose your perspective. That said, here's a little dose of optimism— on Monday the high here will reach 37 degrees and by Thursday we will begin to see highs in the mid-50s that will last throughout the weekend. Great weather to fish the Juan. As I write this, the flow here is increasing today to 500 cfs, where it is likely to stay for the short term, in anticipation of a good spring runoff out of Colorado. The visibility is still around three feet, due to a lake turnover that never really got off the ground this year. As far as the quality of fishing goes, I'd rate it good, not great, but good. About the best you can expect here during winter. I've seen some years where the lake turned over and the water looked like pea soup and the fishing was tough, real tough—this is not one of those years. There are still some opportunities to fish dry flies around mid-day for an hour or two, but for the most part the bugs, and thus the rising fish, have been pretty scarce. Perhaps this warmer weather will bring a change in that dynamic, but I don't have any scientific evidence to back that up and really it's more wishful thinking on my part than anything. I think your best bet right now for consistent fishing results is to stick to the nymphing game and dead drifting small streamers, and being prepared for the dry fly opportunities, if, and when, they present themselves. Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find better fishing anywhere else this time of year, and especially with better weather conditions. My advice is to get out there this week and take full advantage of it while it lasts, and keep that guarded optimism that spring and that renewed hope that comes with it, isn't really that far off. If you would like more information or need to book a guided trip, give us a call at 505-632-2194.            
Report by Jay Walden


NM Fish and Game LogoNew Fishing License Required April 1       
Reminder - time to purchase new Fishing Licenses:  The 2014-2015 Fishing Season will end March 31, 2015 and a new NM Fishing Season will begin April 1, 2015 and end March 31, 2016.  New NM 2015-2016 licenses will be required beginning April 1, 2015.

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 Spring High Flow 2015

Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
Snowpack for the 2014/2015 winter season has been below normal, unless signifiicant moisturre comes into the system in late spring it is not expected that there will be a 2015 High Flow which normally occurrs in late May to June. 
Motel Info

The San Juan features year round consistent temperatures out of Navajo Dam providing a fabulous Four Season Fishery!  Water temps are in the low 40's near the dam providing a consistent environment for insect growth and development.  Fish have access to midges and annelids year round in addition to more seasonal mayfly, caddis, terrestrials and golden stonefly nymphs and adults.

Born 'N' Raised Info 

NM Free Fishing Days:  You may fish without a license on two scheduled Saturdays/year as part of National Fishing Day & National Hunting & Fishing Day -- generally the first Saturday in June & the last Saturday in September. Please consult the NM Fishing Proclamation for exact dates &/or changes.  
NM Fishing Proclamation

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Restaurant - El Pescador is Closing for the winter season beginning Nov 1, 2015

Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday 6:30 am-9:00 pm,  Sun 6:30 am - 2:00 pm    Closed Monday and Tuesday

   

RV Slot Info 

BOR Stream Improvement Project - Project Completed Jan 2012  Beginning Oct. 10, 2011 the BOR will begin a $300,000 habitat improvement project on the “ Braids” section of the San Juan River. The first phase of the project will encompass changes to the Rex Smith Wash and address the silting problems associated with that area. During this time, the trail to the upper reaches of the river will be inaccessible from the berm area of the Texas Hole parking lot. In order to reach those areas of the river, you will have to access them by wading upriver from the Kiddie Hole Area, or from the BOR parking lot, located near the dam. The second phase of the project will begin sometime in November and the “Braids” area will be closed to fishing for about 30 days, until early December. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by January 8, 2012. There will still be plenty of water to fish during this time and upon completion, this project will add more fishable water and improved habitat for the trout in that area. We will be posting further information via our weekly fishing reports on our website.

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As always, we truly value our faithful customers and look forward to meeting new fishers daily to the San Juan -- Please stop in for a visit and share your fishin' stories. We'll be scoutin' and fishin' the river to provide you with the most current river info.



  2015 and 2008-2012 Historical Flow Data for the San Juan River

   San Juan Flow Graph

** On April 23, 2015 the Bureau of Reclamation announced that the flows published by the USGS for the Archuleta Site (09355500) were approximately 135CFS higher than the actual Flow.  The flow above and for the San Juan Flow Graph have been adjusted beginning 1/1/2015 using new data available from USGS on or after 4/24/2015.  Data for years prior to 2015 has not been changed. 

  San Juan River estimated Flow Data 2008 to Current

San Juan Flow Graph 2014
San Juan Flow Graph 2013


The San Juan Flow Graph data above are provided by Abe's Motel and Fly Shop and Aspire Computer Solutions, LLC as information to fishermen/women and other interested parties.  The data are drawn from the USGS public records, some of the data are provisional and may be subject to change.  In some cases CFS values were missing and estimated CFS Average values were substituted based on available Gauge readings. 

The flows in the San Juan river below Navajo Dam are controlled by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in compliance with existing law and authorized purposes.  As is the case with many other western waters, some flows are influenced by system wide efforts to protect endangered species.  Water is naturally limited and always in high demand  in the Southwest, many competing entities are present staking claims to San Juan water and by complying with previous agreements/laws,  the BOR has limited flexibility in how flows are maintained. 

The reservoir at Navajo Dam was constructed from 1958 to 1962 as part of the Colorado River Storage Project.  There were two important provisions to the congressional authorization to build the dam, one included a substantial diversion of water from the San Juan Basin through the continental divide to the Chama river in northern New Mexico to supply additional waters to New Mexico cities along the Rio Grande.  These flows are not shown on the graph as the San Juan Chama Project water is drawn from the system before it enters Navajo Reservoir.  The second provision set aside a substantial amount of San Juan water to provide for the Navajo Indian Irrigation Project (NIIP).  The NIIP project is intended to irrigate approximately 110,600 acres of Navajo farmland south of the San Juan River.  The water for the NIIP project is drawn from the reservoir through a diversion headworks near the south side of the dam and moves water to the NIIP Project through approximately 60 miles of tunnels and canals south of the river,  bypassing the river.  As a result of the San Juan Chama Project and the NIIP Project waters no longer being present in the main river channel,  the San Juan has been a smaller river since the dam was constructed.   


In recent years flows on the San Juan have been significantly influenced by the San Juan River Basin Recovery Implementation Program (SJRIP) which recommends minimum flows (500 - 1000 cfs) in a targeted critical habitat downstream for two endangered species,  the Colorado Pikeminnow and the Razorback Sucker.  The critical habitat area is between Farmington and Lake Powell.  When sufficient water is available a short period of high water (5,000 CFS) is delivered to the river in spring to mimic historical flows in the interest of improving downstream habitat for the Endangered Species.  The main contributors to flow in the Endangered Species Habitat area are the San Juan and the Animas rivers.  As the Animas is a free flowing river, flows from the San Juan are adjusted up and down to try to meet the recommended flows in the Critical Habitat Area. 

For fishermen/women the lower flows of 2015 provide access to more of the river.  For those on Guided Trips, the river still fishes well in drift boats. 

The BOR provides information on the current status of the reservoir at Navajo Dam at the following link:


http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/cs/nvd.html

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