San Juan River, New Mexico

November 18-21, 2021

Beautiful weather and a scenic drive through Moab, Durango, and other towns to fish the San Juan river below the Navajo reservoir was a treat.  Eight members (plus a non-fishing guest) were able to wade and guide-float this internationally famous water. Home of “The Kraken”, a 30″, 20+ pound brown trout that has been caught over half a dozen times over the past few years.

A simulated mount adorned the wall of Fishead’s San Juan River Lodge where many of us stayed.  Fishing tiny drys, emergers, and nymphs and deep-diving euro nymphing flies got everyone onto fish. Shallow braids and glassy tailwater allowed us to observe numerous rises to tiny gnats, beatis, and other small mayflies and kept us encouraged to try for the many hungry and sometimes picky sipping trout.  There’s nothing like trying to hold a 20+” rainbow on a size 20 fly and 6X tippet!  Indeed, the San Juan is a place to catch large rainbows and browns and try one’s fishing prowess.