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Animas River Fishing Report 3/7/18

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The weather has really been warming up lately and the Animas is fishing well. Solid midge and BWO hatches have been getting the fish fired up. Small zebra midges, and KF emergers have been working for midge patterns. I've had luck on pheasant tails and juju baetis size 16-20. Flows are low and...

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San Juan River Fishing Report 3/7/18

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The San Juan is fishing well right now. The water is still a little off color due to lake turnover, normal for this time of year. Best pattern has been a black bunny leech. Red Larva size 18-20, Big Mac Pupa 20-22, and cream pupa 20-22 have all been producing nice fish. I've also had some luck...

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Animas River Fishing Report 9/7/17

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The Animas is fishing well right now, with good midge, caddis, and BWO hatches. Flows are low and there is some moss coming down, so be sure to clean your flies often. Small flashback pheasant tails and zebra midges have been good patterns. With the low flows its best to go down to 5X leaders...

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Animas River Fishing Report 6/30/17

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The flows are starting to decrease on the Animas and the water is looking really good. Wading will still be a bit of a challenge until flows are in the 600 cfs range. Fish are going to be tight to the banks after all of the high water. Try skittering caddis patterns in the evenings right against...

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San Juan River Fishing Report

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The high water is starting to come down on the Juan and should be back to 500 cfs by July 5. Fish are still on the worm bite, with pink and chamois being my favorite colors. Olive and red larva as well as small zebra midges and sidewinders have been good for my smaller patterns. Get your hoppers...

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San Juan River Fishing Report 6/6/16

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The San Juan is in full runoff mode, lots of water and lots of hungry fish! We are currently only offering float trips until the flows come down enough to make wading safe. Productive patterns have been worms and red larva, as well as scud and sow bug patterns tight to the banks. Get out there...

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San Juan River NM fishing report 4/24/17

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Fishing on the Juan has continued to improve. Mornings are still a little slow, with the bite picking up around 11 am. Red larva and black mono midges have been working well. There are some baetis coming off in the afternoon, try a pheasant tail or chocolate foam wing emerger.

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Animas River Fishing Report 3/30/17

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The fishing on the Animas is very weather dependent right now. The early heat wave we experienced brought the water up pretty fast and dirty. It has cooled down lately and the river came down and cleared. Streamer fishing has been our go to lately, and we have been seeing some really nice meat...

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San Juan Fishing Report 3/30/17

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The fishing on the San Juan has been pretty darn tough lately, but we've been working hard and managing to find some fish. My go to has been a black bunny leech, but yarn eggs and chamois leeches have also been successful attractor patterns. Best midge patterns have been red larva, cream pupa...

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Animas River Fishing Report 11/24

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The Animas is fishing well right now, flows are low and clear. Mostly midge hatches and a few BWO will be strongest in the warmer hours around mid day. We've had luck fishing caddis larva followed by a beats imitation such as a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail Nymph. Zebra or Disco midges in size 18 have...

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San Juan River, NM Fishing Report 11/24/16

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The San Juan River below Navajo Dam, NM is fishing well right now. It got pretty darn tough there in October, but thankfully the angling pressure has eased up on the Quality Water Section and the fish are eating a little better. The biggest issue right now is the moss in the river. I was told by...

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Animas River Fishing Report 10/19/16

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The Animas is fishing really well right now. The leaves are falling and the browns are getting frisky. Cooler temps have brought out the BWO's and even some tiny tricos, as well as solid midge hatches. I haven't heard too many reports of risers, but the nymphing and streamer eat is on. Try standard...

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San Juan River Fishing Report 10/19/16

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The San Juan is looking beautiful right now with the golden cottonwoods lining the river. The fishing in the quality water has been a little tough lately, due to smart fish and quite a bit of moss coming down. The morning nymphing has been tricky, go to 6x and tiny flies (22-26) to fool these...

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Animas River Fishing Report 8/25/16

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The Animas has been fishing well, and flows are down to wadeable levels. The float fishing this year was super good, we managed to land some extremely large, mean, healthy trout. Streamer patterns were the way we fooled most of these brutes and they will still produce fish in the lower water but...

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Animals River Fishing Report 5/21/16

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The Animas is in full runoff mode now and fishing will be slow until flows drop. Try big black or flashy streamers tight to the banks or eddy lines. In the evening, toss a elk hair Caddis or stimulator along the edges of the banks. Twitching these dries downstream right up against the banks can...

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San Juan River, NM fishing report 5/21/16

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The San Juan below Navavo Dam, New Mexico is doing a spring release, currently flows are around 4,000 cfs and will continue to rise until somewhere sround 5,000. Heads Up Flyfishing will only be offering float trips through the high water period due to the dangers of wading at these increased...

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Private Water Fishing Report

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There are lots of options for anglers looking for a little seclusion and great fishing right now. Please give us a call or email to discuss private water options as they are dependent on weather and water levels. We love to get away to these special places too, so book early, we limit all of our...

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Animas Fishing Report 3/28/16

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The Animas has been fishing well lately. Flows are up a little and the River has gotten a little dirty here and there, but is running clear most days. Small baetis emergers sizes 16-20, and midges 18-20, have been producing fish. Killer mayfly and STD baetis have been my go to in size 18. Size...

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Pine River Fishing Report 3/28/16

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The Pine has been running a little low right now, but we're still managing to get into fish. They're spooky because of the low water, so long leaders and light tippets are a must. Be sneaky and wear drab clothing to avoid scaring the big one before you get a chance to cast to him! The plus side...

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Fishing The San Juan

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This is the second article in a 3-part series, covering the San Juan River.  It is not a comprehensive look, but rather a series meant for those first-timers who hit the water sight unseen and flyfishers looking to try something different. Location:  Middle section of the San...

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A Special Day on the Lower San Juan river

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I wanted to tell you about an epic day of fishing that I shared with anglers Mike Atwell and Van Rollo last week. We caught fish, nice fish, but that’s not what made the day so special. What set that day apart was the relationship between Mike and Van, the fun we had, and the...

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