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Fishing and Accomodations

The San Juan River has its headwaters high in the Rocky Mountains near the continental divide. It flows through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona before emptying itself into the Grand Canyon.

The section we will be fishing lies in North Western New Mexico and one of the most renowned tailwater fisheries in the country. This outstanding fishery was created by the construction of Navajo Dam in 1962. The dam is 400 feet high and 3/4 of a mile long, the water released at the base of the dam is consistently around 41 - 42 degrees. Perfect trout habitat!

The management of the New Mexico Fish and Game and the New Mexico State Park system has created and maintained this outstanding fishery. The first 3.75 miles of river below the dam has been given the designation of "Quality Water." The Quality Waters offer some of the most consistant fishing conditions, with fish averaging between 16 - 18 inches, although 20 - 24 inch Rainbows and Browns are not uncommon! Fish this size would be considered a trophy on any other river. Recent studies have shown that the river is supporting 15,000 fish per mile through the Quality Waters. The fish and game service estimates between 75 and 80 thousand fish for the almost 4 mile stretch.

As Quality Waters all fish must be immediately released un-harmed. The fishing is restricted one rod per person and to the use of 2 single hook barbless flies.

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