San Juan River Fly Fishing Report

River Information

When most people think of the San Juan River, the famous New Mexico tailwater comes to mind. The 'Juan actually gets its start in Colorado though and can be a fantastic place to spend a day fishing. Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout all swim here and bug life is abundant.

Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Caddis, Mayflies, Stoneflies, Terrestrials

Fall: Mayflies, Midges, Caddis

Seasonal Conditions

The San Juan in Colorado is fishable year round. You will see various Mayfly, Caddis and Stonefly hatches throughout the year and coordinating your flies to match the hatch will be key to success. Nymphing a stonefly pattern with a small caddis or mayfly nymph off the back will work year round. 

River Access

Fishing around Pagosa Springs is a great option. The town has an unusal agreement with landowners here which permits anglers to access their land as long as they stay within the high water mark. There are several parks through town which offer access as well. Upstream of Pagosa Springs, the East and West Forks of the San Juan offer some public access on the National Forest land.