San Juan River

The San Juan should be on every angler's list of trout fisheries to visit. It can be fished 365 days a year and hosts thousands of fish per mile. This river is home to many trophy caliber fish and can be a trip of a lifetime for many anglers. The San Juan can be described as a “trout factory” due to the high number of fish per mile and the year round cold water.

San Juan river fishing trip

San Juan Trip Options

Lower San Juan

Full Day Float Only
April-May, September-October 

The Lower San Juan is a scenic desert float with banks lined with cottonwoods and russian olives. Less populated than the upper sections, the lower has a special feel about it. This section of river holds primarily brown trout with an average size of 15-17 inches. There is great opportunity for trophy sized fish through this section of water. Because the river flows have to be right, we cannot float this section year round. Depending on the time of year, people can throw dry dropper setups, streamers, or single dries. There is plenty of application of indicator fishing through this section as well.

Quality Waters (QW)

Half day or Full Day float 
January-April, November-December 

The most well known section of the San Juan River is known as the Quality Waters. This is a four mile section starting at the mighty Texas hole. Although this section can be very busy during certain times of year, the winter is not one of them. Winter fishing the San Juan is an experience everyone should have.

Lower San Juan Full Day $650
QW San Juan Full Day $600 (Winter $450)
QW Half Day $450 (Winter $300)
Half Day Wade $400

Winter Months: Dec 1st- March 1st

All Full Day floats have lunch/drinks included.
All gear is provided unless people want to use their own.

What you need to bring for a guide trip:

  • Sun Glasses¬†
  • Hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Proper clothing for expected weather
  • Fishing License (for Colorado purchase here and for New Mexico, purchase here)

What to Expect

Meet up with your guide at a predetermined location anywhere from 6:30-8:00 depending on your float. Fish until about 12:00-2:00 and stop for lunch. We take 8 hour full days so depending on when you started you may get off at 4:00 or you may get off at 6:00. We will plan so that it works out for everyone.