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Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM

Experience the San Juan River fly fishing trip of your life on the San Juan River in New Mexico! Fisheads guides know the river and how to fish it. No matter what your age or level of experience, we'll show you a great time! Float and wade trips available. Newly remolded rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, Fly-Tying Tables, Flat-Screen TV's, Direct TV programming and the cafe has the best food in the county.
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67 of 68(99%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
Review 1 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Best Lodge on the San Juan,
October 14, 2012
By: Booger
"Chris has established a long over-due quality lodge, restaurant, fly shop, and guide service at a reasonable price. Our room had a private patio that opened directly onto the San Juan River. The room was large and clean and comfortable. The food is excellent and is prepared by a talented chef. Chris knows the river too. Check out Fisheads San Juan River Lodge before you book anywhere else. You won't regret it! By the way, it is located on the river in the middle of the community of Navajo Dam."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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great day,
June 28, 2014
By: Redbridge
from san juan nm
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"Dave was a excellent teacher, guide. Great trip. Thanks"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Great time,
June 24, 2014
By: PhylSF
from Santa Fe, NM, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Bubba provided us with a great fishing experience.
"My husband and I had a great time fishing the San Juan. We had a super guide. The rooms were comfortable and the cafe offered good food. It was one of the best trips we have taken in Northern NM. We are planing to return."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Great Float on The San Juan river,
June 15, 2014
By: redwing11
from Colorado, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Very knowledgeable and personable
"Had a great float with Tanner the guide. My wife's 1st float and Tanner put her on over 20 fish. I also caught 20 fish with the largest being 19'5" rainbow. Had 3 very nice brown trout."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Chris does it right!,
June 2, 2014
By: ElGato74
from Las Cruces, NM, USA
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"Everything was great. The facilities, the dining, the employees and the float trip were all exceptional. I've been coming here for 35 years and the overall experience was the most professional yet."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Second, but not last trip,
May 27, 2014
By: Shinerboybruce
from Shiner, TX, USA
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"Excellent trip, great results with an excellent guide"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Fantastic Fly Fishing,
May 26, 2014
By: WillMaas
from San Juan River, New Mexico, USA
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"Had a great experience and an excellent guide (Tanner) with Fishead Guide servce."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Our first experience Fish fishing,
May 25, 2014
By: TigerLillie
from Navajo, NM 87328, USA
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Additional Thoughts:He is fabulous!
"We had the BEST experience for first timers. Our Guide, Mike Garrett took the time to show us so many things we would be experiencing on our first time. Like how to strip the line, proper way to mend, on and on....I personally soaked it up like a sponge. Then in the boat, he was the best and most patient instruction. We had him 2 days in a row, catching fish. Never critical but helpful. My Orvis equipment performed beautiful. Thank you everyone!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Great Trip,
May 18, 2014
By: Tony31
from Elizabeth, Co
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Additional Thoughts:Mike did a great job with us and worked hard to put us on fish and give tips to improve our experience without over doing. I always learn something on these trips and this was no exception.
"The facilities were excellent and the staff was first rate. Could have used a few more items on the menu but food was great."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Chris Taylor Rules,
May 12, 2014
By: MikeeBlueDun
from Salida, CO 81201, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Worth every dollar
"My first visit to the Juan & in a driftboat.
40 years fishing the dry.
Chris is at the top of his game. He taught me the basics of the streamer, nymphing, attractor with a dropper(s), casting from the boat, watching the bubble. Where to place what on the line to go deep or shallow and yes, using the dry with a dropper.
Terrific communicator with a funny vein when I goofed up. I will recommend him to my fellow fisher friends when they do the San Juan
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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another great trip,
May 6, 2014
By: lk2fish
from Durango, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:good teacher
"I emailed chris from fishheads on wed night about a trip on friday I
had my answer in less than a hour , no problem & did I need a room . I booked the trip on thursday morning and fished friday this is my 6th trip with fishheads and
all have been GREAT ..
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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San Juan never disappoints,
May 4, 2014
By: dhighbe
from Las Vegas, NV, USA
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"Marcus was great on the river. He was easy going and knew exactly where to fish and more important how to catch a lot of quality trout on a half day trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Awesome,
April 22, 2014
By: Geddy
from Albuquerque, NM, USA
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"Both guides, Marcus and Chris, were friendly, funny, and very knowlegable of the river and equipment. They were very helpful in the method and when to set the hook to catch as many fish as possible. Never caught so many fish in my life."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Trout-a-plenty,
April 21, 2014
By: Dorado222
from Surprise, AZ
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"Fisheads is an excellent guide service and we always have an excellent time with Chris. We tried some new techniques on our recent trip and it resulted in many big trout!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Best Kept Secret,
April 21, 2014
By: braaap
from Hobbs, NM, USA
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"This place is awesome! We stayed in our toy hauler up the street and did not stay in the cabins. My husband stayed in the cabins last year and said they were decent. Not a place my mother would like to stay (she's a bit high maintenance). The food at the shop is delicious! The smoked trout is to die for!! I also had a glass of the wine they serve from the winery down the street and ended up going to the gas station and buying them out it was so good! Our fishing guide Robbie was really good too. We caught tons of big fish and enjoyed his company. I would like to bring my dad and brother up here next year. We fish in Gunnison, CO every year and this place blew their fishing out of the water. The average size fish you catch here is the biggest fish in the Tyler. I bet we end up making this an annual trip! Thanks!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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GREAT RIVER/EXCELLENT ACCOMMODATIONS,
April 19, 2014
By: Wally1756
from Dallas, TX
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Additional Thoughts:When there for two or more days, would like to stick with the same guide
"The San Juan is a great river to fish. Each trout you catch will be bigger and fatter than any previous fly fishing experience you've had before!
Fisheads is a good place to stay...they have clean rooms, that are very convenient to the fly shop and restaurant. They feature the best guides in the area...we'll be back!
Try to stay there on a Friday night...Prime Rib night...outstanding!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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5 / 5
Great fishing, Great guide,
April 14, 2014
By: HFvine
from Los Olivos, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Ben made the trip perfect!
"Fished 3 days with Ben Hahn the last week of March. I have fished with many different guides over the year and I felt Ben was one the best guides I have ever fished with. Why? He is very creative and employs methods that are not the norm but get incredible results! Bottom line, Ben is fun to fish with."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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A fantastic introduction....,
April 6, 2014
By: Chuttie
from Navajo Dam, NM 87419, USA
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"First time fishing with Fisheads, first time on the San Juan, and it was a great day!
Ben was a great guide, teacher, and sportsman. I am pretty much a rookie with a fly rod; but between the river, guide Ben, and lots of luck...managed to catch fish all day long. It was a fantastic introduction to the river and fly-fishing. When my shoulder recovers, I am anxious to get anther day on the river!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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San Juan River on April fools day,
April 6, 2014
By: algar01
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Additional Thoughts:Very knowledgeable. Totally focused on there clients..
"Excellent outfitters. Have everything you would need for some awesome trout fishing. Guides, fly shop,great restaurant,and friendly knowledgeable people.Had a great time.caught lots of fish.
I have one complaint and it is about the rooms at the lodge. There is no place to sit in the rooms. There were 4 on our trip and I saw other groups of the same number. People have a tendency to congregate in one room,to talk about there day,plan the next day,talk flies etc. and there is no place to sit. Everyone ends up on the beds. And the beds end up not so comfortable for sleeping. I almost hate to include this because everything else there is so good. But it was something I noticed the very first day.
Great place,hope to visit again someday.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Fisheads of the San Juan River, NM
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Don't look elsewhere,
April 1, 2014
By: Stan14
from Schwenksville, Pa.
"My friend and I just returned from fishing with Chris again (3rd time) for 2 days after an absence of 8 years. We were blown away by the total package that Fisheads has become. Clean, comfortable lodging, excellent comfort food that has no local equal, and a bevy of savy guides who can put anyone on fish and correct their techniques for catching them as well. Fisheads is the only option for doing this unique, world-class fishery right. Accept no substitutes because there aren't any."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes