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San Juan River fly fishing is world class. This website provides useful information on fly fishing the best rainbow trout water in the US. Itís a valuable guide containing fishing reports, articles and discussions among San Juan River anglers. Take a look around and enjoy the site.
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Fly Patterns
San Juan River Fly Patters

The fly patterns listed here have proven to be successful on the San Juan time and again. However, this is not a complete list of flies that will work on this river. Many fly patterns come and go so donít be afraid to experiment and try your own. Many of the hot San Juan flies were discovered over time by trial and error. New fly patterns will often work because the trout are unaccustomed to the new look.

Generally, the fly patterns are smallÖ Mayflies18 to 22 and Midges 22 to 28. San Juan flies are tied in various colors including olive, red, chocolate and cream. "Matching the Hatch" is very important.

Many San Juan River guides have developed their own private patterns that are very effective. A quality guide is very adept in adjusting various fly patterns as the troutís feeding behavior changes. Sometimes, the guides will share these patterns andÖ well, sometimes they will not.

Midge Dry

Midge Adams

Midge Dry

Griffith's Gnat

Midge Emergers

Chocolate Foam Wing

Chocolate Antron Wing

KF Bumblebee Zebra

Duran's Poxy Emerger

Bead Bubble Emerger

Chocolate Foam Wing

Olive Flash Thread Midge

KF Zebra Emerger

Brown Biot Foam Wing

Chocolate KF Emerger

Olive Thread Midge

Midge Biot

Midge Pupa

Duran's Secret Black Fly

Glass Eye Midge

True Zebra Midge

Chocolate Black Fly Midge

Olive Bead Pupa

Zebra Black Fly

Duran's Fever Midge

Sparkle Pupa

Disco Midge

Midge Larva

Biot Not Larva

Cream MTH Midge Larva

Lemmon Larva

Black Fly Larva

Cream Paintbrush Larva

Red Thread Larva

Clear Lace Larva

Lace Larva

Yellow & White Thread

Mayfly Dry (Beatis)


Blue Wing Olive

Beatis Comparadun

PMD Hairwing

Adams Comparadun

BWO Hairwing

Beatis SparkleDun

PMD SparkleDun

Adams Parachute

BWO Spinner

Pale Morning Dun

Beatis Cripple

Mayfly Nymph

BWO Nymph

Hare's Ear


Mayfly Emerger

BWO CDC Emerger

Olive Beatis Merger

RS2 Emerger

Foam Wing RS2

WD40 Emerger

BWO Half Back

Other Flies

Black Beetle


San Juan Worm

Bunny Leech

Beed Scud


Carpenter Ant

Sparkle OJ

Wooly Bugger

Fly Images Courtesy of:
Jude Duran of Customflys Fly Tying & Guide Service at
The Blue Fly Cafe at
Aztec Anglers

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