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December 1, 2013
the holiday season. That most wonderful time of year when we engage
in gun-play, knife fights, and draw stun guns on our fellowman for
$98 television sets, in big box stores. Ya just gotta love it. I'm
convinced, collectively as a society, we've lost it. I mean if
you'll camp outside in the freezing cold on a sidewalk for four days
to save $20 on a video game, then you are beyond help. What these
people need is a hobby--like fly fishing. Ok, we anglers might be a
little "eccentric" at times and some of the things we'll do in
pursuit of fish may be deemed a bit reckless in the eyes of the
normal citizenry, but at least you're not likely to see physical
altercations in front of an Orvis store, over positions in line, by
queued up patrons, before the doors even open. For God's sake, go
fishing--it'll do you a world of good. And, thank heavens, judging
by the numbers of people on the river here, this past week, there
are still a few souls that haven't lost all sense of decorum and
still maintain enough propriety in their personal conduct towards
fellow human beings, to keep us separated from members of the animal
kingdom, for at least the immediate future. If you were among those
fortunate enough to have made it out this week, you were no doubt,
blessed by some wonderful weather, coupled with some good fishing
here on the San Juan. Clear, but low, water conditions in the 250
cfs range with midge hatches lasting throughout the majority of the
day, made for some great dry fly fishing until the late afternoon
sun dropped behind the surrounding buttes, turning the water into
that winter gunmetal gray, making the visibility of tiny midge dry
patterns, a near impossibility. Add to the mix, some nice hatches of
BWOs along the stretches of the lower Quality waters between 1 to 3
pm, and you've got the recipe for some great winter fishing. For the
nymphers, fish on the feed for the duration of the day, accounted
for lots of smiles on faces of those passing through the shop as
darkness called an end to their endeavors. Overall, a good time was
had by all. For this coming week, expect similar conditions during
the earlier part of the week, then around Wednesday, the weather is
supposed to take a turn for the worse with lows in the single digits
at night and daytime highs reaching only into the 20's. Now the
fishing is not likely to be affected, it's just that the pleasurable
part of it is a little more difficult to come by when it's that cold
outside. So far, we haven't seen any signs of the dreaded "lake
turnover" effect, but this upcoming cold snap could likely change
all that, if it lasts long enough to cool the upper water layer of
the lake, enough to cause the inversion that lies at the heart of
that yearly phenomenon. Once that happens, things can get a little
tough out here. I'll keep you posted on that; meanwhile, if you can
get out this week, especially in the earlier part, before the
weather turns bad, I think you're going to be happy with your
decision to do so; or even if you decide to stay at home, it's gonna
beat a day at the mall with those crazy people. If you would like to
book a guided trip, or need more info, give us a call at
The NM 2013-2014 fishing season
begins April 1, 2013 and new fishing licenses are required.
NM Fishing License
Bureau of Reclamation
San Juan Flow Info
At the public meeting in Farmington on
4/23/13 the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced that it is very
unlikely that a Spring High Flow will take place for 2013. The
current low status of the reservoir and the immediate weather
forcast indicate a probability of a Spring High Release to only be
about 10%. Info from the meeting is at the BOR website below:
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.
Restaurant - Opening June 12, 2013
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.
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.
2013 and 2008-2012 Historical Flow Data for the San Juan River
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 2013 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:
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