San Juan River in Pagosa Springs Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The San Juan River drains the Continental Divide in the basin below spectacular Wolf Creek Pass and parallels U.S. Highway 160 into a scenic ranching valley for 20 miles until it reaches the bustling community of Pagosa Springs, where about 1 mile of extensive trout-habitat improvements have been created right through town. A nice hole in Second Box Canyon on the Piedra River. Photo Key Species: Brown trout, rainbow trout.
The fishing: Brown trout up to 20 inches, but averaging 14 to 16 inches, are being caught in this stretch, along with a growing population of rainbows up to 14 inches long. Worms, PowerBait, and salmon eggs are the baits of choice, but most people use flies and lures on this rehabilitated stretch of river. This stretch of the San Juan River offers every major hatch to be found on Rocky Mountain big rivers, beginning with midges and caddis flies pre-runoff and then mayflies, stoneflies, and terrestrials post-runoff."