: San Juan River - The river is currently flowing around 170 cfs near Pagosa Springs. The water clarity is clearing up after the annual spring runoff. Nymph fishing remains the most effective method to catch trout. The streamer fishing also remains excellent. San Juan worms in almost any color are currently working, as well as small midge and caddis patterns. Expect the dry fly fishing to pick up in the coming weeks. The fish will be looking for caddis and PMD adults on the surface. Be prepared to use lighter tippet and leaders as the water clarity continues to improve.
Reported by: Colorado D.O.W
Lures & Spinners
The San Juan River originates high in the
Colorado San Juan Mountains. The freestone river flows through the mountain town
of Pagosa Springs then travels through the picturesque Mesa Canyon. After a few
miles through the canyon the river landscape changes to ranch land before it
ends in Navajo
Fishing access is somewhat restrictive, but there is some public access wade fishing through Pagosa.
An agreement with property owners in Pagosa allows anglers to utilize the high
water mark to access much of the river in town. The best time to fish the San
Juan is in early spring, following run-off and autumn.