The mighty San Juan river is full of trout of all four kinds depending on the sections you fish.  The headwaters provide great small stream fishing to eager trout on any of your favorite flies while the lower sections get progressively more technical.  The river flows into lake navajo and below is the famous tailwater section with over 10,000 fish per mile.  The river begins up in the colorado high country and meanders down into the town of Pagosa Springs before it heads into Navajo reservoir.  The fish vary greatly in size depending on the section with the tailwater holding the largest fish.  The town section suffers from overheating so it’s best to fish in spring or fall as it is currently stocked regularly.  Fish can be picky on this river so it’s best to bring your “A” game and be ready to put some time in to find some good fishing.  With some patience and effort you can catch some great fish and have some awesome memories.

Upper Section

The upper section includes the headwaters down to the town of Pagosa Springs.  This section contains brook, cutties, rainbows and browns so you have a chance to catch a grand slam.  Fish are eager in this section and it’s the easiest place to catch fish on the San Juan.  Access is readily available as you get into national forest.

Middle Section

Through the town of Pagosa Springs is mostly public and there is great looking water that holds mostly brown and rainbow trout.  Best to fish when the water is cooler and flows are past run off stages.  It fishes like a freestone in this section and is a great place to spend a day.  Lots of tubers come out in the summer making fishing tougher, but if you get up early in the am, no ones usually on the river.

Lower Section

This section is technically in NM and requires a different license, but it is worth mentioning on this river explorer app as it has over 10,000 fish per mile and holds some large fish.  Access is easy, but the fishing can be technical.  Flies can be super small requiring small tippet and perfect casts to fool trout.  If you can find the right pattern for the day the fishing can be lights out and easily worth the 6+ hour drive to access the river from Colorado/Denver Area.