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San Juan USGS River Flow 641 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
July 19, 2015

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650 cfs, now we're talkin' buddy! It's been a long time coming, but we're finally seeing more water being released into the San Juan. Due to the generators for the power plant coming back on line and a decreased flow in the Animas River, the BOR increased the flow on the San Juan to 500 cfs on Thursday and then bumped it up to 650 cfs on Saturday. Regardless for the reason, it's a good thing for those who have been fishing this river at 350 cfs, since back last fall. There's a myriad of reasons why this new flow is better for the fish, as well as fly fishermen, but the two main ones that come to mind are— more holding water to fish, and a prettier river to pursue fish in, without all that silt and rock snot covering those beautiful rocks. While it may throw a little monkey wrench into the mix for a day or so by stirring up a bit of debris, the clarity issue will have resolved itself as early as today, unless you are planning to fish below Simon Canyon. Due to all the sediment in the river from a previous flash flood there last year, that section of the river is probably going to be pretty much unfishable for a good while to come, and the water doesn't really clear up until you get down around to Cottonwood Campground. Anyway, if you're headed out here this week you can still expect some good fishing and all of those standard bugs you have been using are still going to work, but you may have to look around a bit for all those fish that you were used to seeing in the same old places when the river was at 350 cfs. In other words, you'll have to do a little recon work and maybe use a little grey matter rather than employing the old chuck and duck into your favorite hole, which for me, is a big part of the satisfaction in fly fishing in the first place. It's a good feeling to know you have faced a challenge and used your experience and wit to figure it all out. As far as hatches go, from what I saw last week, they're pretty sparse. There's a few midges coming off around 10:30 till about noon and then a few more around 3:00, but they aren't exactly blanket hatches, so I wouldn't expect to see that change much real soon. You can still find some risers throughout the day, but they seem pretty spread out, so if you plan to fish those small midge dries, you may have to do some walking. I've been having better results just sight fishing terrestrial patterns to fish in the skinny stuff and bringing them up, even though they aren't rising, it's been effective, but not what I would call "on fire." There used to be a great PMD hatch from Simon Canyon down, around this time of year, but that's out since the flash flood and the silting. The nymphing game is still good anywhere in the upper river, with dark midge pupa patterns, probably being the top producers. Throw on an small emerger pattern like a crystal flash, take off a lot of the weight and shorten up on your indicator if you start seeing proposing fish. You can't go wrong by going smaller, and size 26 is a good place to start. Overall, things are good here, and they are just going to get better with this flow increase, so if you're just coming here for the first time this year or you are returning since back when the flow was at 350, your timing is good, whether by luck or clever planning. It's a whole new ballgame now, so get out there and get it figured out and prepare to get dialed into some good fishing. If you would like to book a guided trip or need more info, give us a call at 505-632-2194.                                                 

Report by Jay Walden


New 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.

NM Fishing License Info


 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. 

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.

 

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 Open for the 2015 Fishing Season

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

   

 

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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