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Guide Services

With Sandstone Anglers you get many years of experience guiding this amazing river. Our Head Guide, John Tavenner, has been guiding here since 1988. You can rest assured our guides know the San Juan and your trip will be a success.

You have the option of floating the river from a comfortable drift boat or wading its fantastic waters. Float trips are the best for your first time on the river or for more novice fishermen.


Our Fishing Trips

To ensure we meet your needs, Sandstone Anglers offers three types of guided fishing trips:

  1. The Quality Water Float is a three-mile float through the Quality Water stretch starting at the Texas Hole and ending at the Quality Water Designation. This section has 10-15,000 fish per mile that average 15-20 plus inches in length. This trip is best suited for novice anglers and a must for your first time on the San Juan River. It is a very relaxing way to fish and see the river. Bring your waders on the float trip because our guides prefer to wade some select spots along the way.

  2. The Quality Water Wade allows you to experience the San Juan up close and personal with its residents. The San Juan is a broad, shallow river and easily accessible to the wading angler. The Quality Water Wade is an excellent option to reach the areas inaccessible by boat - The Catch and Release areas above Texas Hole as well as the best areas below. The wade trip offers more opportunity for dry fly fishing and requires some physical endurance. You'll learn much more about the river on a wade trip.

  3. The Lower San Juan Float begins in the Village of Navajo Dam and floats through eight miles of private water. This is strictly a full day float as the trip runs entirely through private land in an area of the river that is very pristine and has no public access (except by boat). On average the fish are smaller than in the Quality Water, but you can have some of the best dry fly fishing here. The Lower San Juan is great for anglers who enjoy streamer fishing, a rare treat on the San Juan. This trip is recommended for more advanced anglers looking for a challenge and change of pace on the San Juan River.


Peak Season Rates (March 1 to October 31)
Prices include Tax

Float Wade Lower River Half Day
1 angler $325 $300 $350 $225
2 anglers $375 $350 $400 $250
3 anglers   $425   $275

Off Season Rates (November 1 - February 28)
Prices include Tax

Float Wade Lower River Half Day
1 angler $300 $275 $325 $215
2 anglers $350 $325 $375 $235
3 anglers   $375   $260

Check Availability and Reserve Trips

*Guided trips, float or wade, include rods and reels, all flies, tippet, split-shot, strike indicators and lunch. Clients are responsible for NM fishing license, waders, sunscreen, polarized sun glasses and camera. Wader rentals are available. Prices do not include gratuity. A $50 deposit is required to confirm a guide trip reservation. Please call us at 505-334-9789 to reserve your trip.

Our Clients Say:

"Fishing the San Juan is like a day in paradise. Fishing it with John Tavenner is like a day in paradise with your best friend. That is, if your best friend is a master guide. John's guiding style is the perfect mixture of sure-handed professionalism and passion for the sport. In the few short days I get to spend each year with John, I learn more about casting, hatches and how to read this wonderful river, than I do in dozens of trips alone or on other rivers with other guides. And just as importantly, you couldn't pick a better guy to spend a day fishing with. If you're looking to get the most out of those precious few days you get to spend fishing, spend them on the Juan, and make John part of the trip." - Austin D. Potenza II

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83 CR 2929
Aztec, NM 87410

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