San Juan River Fishing Guides & other local waters near Durango, CO


Heads Up FlyFishing offers guided flyfishing adventures on the San Juan River below Navajo Dam in New Mexico, as well as other rivers/streams/lakes that surround Durango, Colorado.  Our professional, hard working guides ensure a memorable experience in some of the most breathtaking landscapes the southwest has to offer.  Whether you’re a seasoned angler, or a first timer, Heads Up FlyFishing has the right guide to fit your specific needs.  We look forward to hosting you on our legendary waters.

Guide Bios:

These dedicated professionals are hard working, fleece wearing, sunglass bearing, weather tattered, “Set” shouting, fish netting, fly tying, genuine fly fishing guides. At first glance they may appear to be aloof, out there, glaze eyed, robotic and/or just guide like. A closer look reveals a couple of guys and a gal that will do whatever it takes to make your day on the water the best it can be, period!

Jeremy Nolan San Juan River FlyFishing GuideJeremy Nolan

Years of experience on the fabled, quality waters of the San Juan has landed Jeremy in TROUT magazine, as well as made him one of the most respected guides in the area.   Jeremy guides with an artistic flair and a liberal amount of bunny strips on the Flash Fry to chase down BIG trout.  Drop him a line at

Ryan McRorie

28-years of flyfishing experience tops Ryan’s list of credentials as a guide.  Plus he has fished across the globe: Iceland, Canada, Ireland and Argentina’s Patagonia territory.  He guides like he lives: pursuing all that life has to offer without being tied to one specific pattern.  Drop him a line at

Rob Peper, HeadsUpFlyFishingRob Peper

Rob is a super-talented artist and fishing guide that makes everyone feel right at home when they step into his boat; something about that “southern charm” he brought with him from North Carolina. When he paints the surface of the water with a fly, fish are almost certain to bite! Whether it’s chasing large fish from a boat or stalking small native trout in the high country Rob is ready to put you on hungry fish. Drop him a line at

These guides love to be out on the water, so if they don’t get back to you immediately – give them until the end of the day to call you…they have a strict policy of not answering their phones while out with clients.

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Must do for Bucket List!

San Juan AnglerThanks Jeremy and Ryan for a fantastic fishing trip. The first year it was just my youngest son and I, the second year he brought a friend. Every time we get together the first topic is usually, "when are we going fishing again with Heads Up Flyfishing?". In fact we are planning our next visit in April right now. Both guides planted us on numerous fish every day, seldom a lull in catching browns or rainbows. A must do for any bucket list.

Amazing Time had by All!

San Juan AnglerI am still buzzing from the two days I spent fishing with Jeremy Nolan last week. As you know I was part of a corporate group where most of the guys were experienced fishermen. As a newbie, I can't believe the fun we had as we beat everyone else on the trip by landing 25 fish in two days. (Imagine how many we would have landed if I knew what I was doing!) I am already making plans to fish with you in July. Until then, keep the fish biting and the beer cold!

FlyFishing like Pros!

San Juan AnglerJackson Wilson and I had a great day fishing the famous San Juan River on the Navajo Dam in New Mexico with Ryan McRorie. One rainbow or brown trout after the other. What a great guide, Ryan had us fly fishing like pros in no time at all. It was all we could do to release those beautiful fish, I think Jackson may have stuck a few in his pockets. In the 20s with snow, had the whole river to ourselves. Try it, you will see what the fuss is all about!