Upper San Juan East and West forks: The upper San Juan is not at ALL like the San Juan in New Mexico. This unspoiled river starts just miles above where we will be fishing. The 10,000-foot peaks that are still packed with snow in July feed this intimate river on its way to the Navajo Reservoir and then the Tail water section of the San Juan that everyone knows. This is a wonderful river to fish for a day or a week. The river will fish well all summer and fall (if there is a good snow pack) and offers a great day of dry fly action to anyone who is up for the adventure. We have access to several section of Forrest service land along this river all a little over a hour north of the Lodge and less then 1 hour from Pagosa Springs. Dry fly only is the general rule on this river, but a beadhead or a streamer run through the deep pools might produce a real lunker. Most fish are 8-15" but fish in the 20" class are taken all summer. The East and West forks of the San Juan are the largest of the rivers that we guide in the Pagosa area and are also freestone rivers (no dam); pocket water, deep crystal clear pools and small rapids are the best holding water for the trout here. Stoneflies, caddis and baetis make up a big portion of the fishes diet here but hoppers, streamers and other terrestrial patterns also all hunt up fish! The upper San Juan is truly solitary angling at its best and well worth the trip! Leave the office at home and come see the wonders of Southwestern Colorado and get away from it all! This river system is the farthest form our lodge on the San Juan but worth the drive, or a GREAT choice for people staying in Pagosa Springs or even Durango.
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