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2018 Dates: June 25th-29th, November 5th-9th
2019 Dates: April 22nd-26th, June 17th-21st, October 28th-Nov 1st
Soaring Eagle Lodge is tucked behind a mesa on the southern bank of the world-famous San Juan River, three miles downriver of the village of Navajo Dam, New Mexico. The closest Interstate is 150 miles away, so driving here will involve a few two-lane roadways of enchanting views and wildlife. From the Durango-La Plata County (DRO) airport in Colorado, the Lodge is about an hour’s drive. A smaller airport (FRM) is in Farmington, NM about 35 minutes away and the Sunport (ABQ) in Albuquerque, NM is a three-hour drive once you are in that rental car. Please coordinate your travel times to include arriving for our evening dinners at 7 pm sharp, as well as to include time for your departing breakfast at 7 am.
Soaring Eagle Lodge is the premier riverside fly fishing lodge accommodating to the refined fly-fishing experience on the San Juan River. Our booking packages include your fully appointed and charming cabin, Chef prepared lodge meals – the popular breakfast buffet, our signature hospitality hour, and of course the famous evening three-course dinners. Along with the best guides around providing expert advice on fishing to wild big browns and the infamous rainbows of the San Juan, a riverbank lunch, and even instructional tips when requested. Plus our top quality fly shop is just a double haul away from the secluded and scenic Crow’s Foot fishing hole of the San Juan!
Soaring Eagle Lodge
What to expect fly fishing the San Juan River
Most fishing occurs in the Quality Waters of the San Juan, these waters begin just below Navajo Lake’s spillway and flow nearly 4 river miles. A section of ‘bait waters’ continues downriver along the Cottonwood Campgrounds and the Village, thereafter the San Juan becomes private waters. Soaring Eagle Lodge is located downriver along these private waters, allowing us to float, anchor and wade two river miles of the San Juan. In the Quality Waters, it is generally preferred to float in a drift boat. The San Juan’s legendary trout take tiny flies on light tippet, quickly putting your rod control on notice. Floating allows a guide to dance the boat and you with that mythical fish allowing the fight to play in your favor, whereas the same hookup from the static wading position, gives the trout the advantage in challenging that light tippet.
On a typical day, you wake up after a quiet night’s sleep in your own secluded standalone cabin. There’s fresh brewed hot coffee available on the breezeway by 6:30 AM and breakfast is served at 7:00 AM, giving you time to eat, check out the latest in the fly shop and walk back to your cabin and grab what you need for the day. By 8:15 AM you’ll meet your guide, get a take on the day, and hop in the truck with the drift boat in tow. You and your guide will head up the river to the put-in and launch the boat, generally at the famous Texas Hole. In moments you are floating, casting and fishing. Later in the day there will be a lunch break provided by your guide. Now with some private time to relax and refuel you’ll quietly reflect upon the sounds of the river, the sandstone formations, admiring the native flora and fauna, while discussing that special fish from the morning! After lunch, the float continues through the day, ending at the take out. The guide will put you ashore and anchor his boat, grab his truck and be back to trailer the boat. Then it’s on to the lodge to wind down a bit before dinner. At 5:30 PM the evening’s appetizers are ready in the Hospitality Suite and your three-course dinner is served promptly at 7:00 PM in the dining hall. Afterwards, you may enjoy your evening at your cabin, in the hospitality suite or out on the gazebo at the Crow’s Foot.
As the San Juan River’s only restaurant with two professional chefs; we provide an experience that sets us apart from other accommodations. Our cuisine has distinctive American regional flavors incorporating continental techniques. We offer first-rate meals year round that are certain to exceed expectations. As chefs who fly fish on their days off, they fully cherish the role we play in your overall experience at Soaring Eagle Lodge.
Soaring Eagle Lodge is proud to offer one of the most seasoned and knowledgeable guide staffs in the Southwest. From casting to catching, these guys will not only show you the ins and outs of fly fishing but drastically improve your productivity while fishing the San Juan. Our guides will customize your trip to include floating, wading, or spending a day on our secluded stretch on our private land. From beginner to experts, our guides will make your day on the river a memorable one. Full day guided trips include lunch and a minimum of 8 hours of fishing and instruction. All guides have a minimum of 7 plus years fishing the San Juan.
Our accommodations are “Angler Friendly” and set up with the fly fisherman in mind! Our riverfront cabins are within casting distance of the river. Soaring Eagle offers you an unparalleled view of the famous San Juan. Each cabin is equipped with satellite television, kitchenettes with full-size refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, utensils, redwood patio furniture, and indoor, as well as outdoor, rod and wader racks.
We specialize in tailored bookings from single anglers on a trout mission, to couples of all fishing abilities, and groups of up to 24. We can provide contacts for ground transportation from the airport to lodge. From across the country, anglers looking for that San Juan experience have been staying at Soaring Eagle Lodge year after year. Our most popular booking package is the 4/3. That’s four nights lodging with meals and three days of guided fishing – includes dinner on your arrival date, all meals and guided fishing for three days and of course breakfast upon departure. We can assist in customizing your trip, from just a hot breakfast and a single day of fishing without lodging, to multiple days including guided fishing for bass, pike, and carp on Navajo Lake. We specialize in corporate groups with all levels of fishing abilities and desires!
Details about fly fishing at Soaring Eagle Lodge
June 25th-29th: SOLD OUT
November 5th-9th: 5 spaces, $1595.00
April 22nd-26th: 8 spaces, $1595.00
June 17th-21st: 8 spaces, $1595.00
October 28th-Nov 1st: 7 spaces, $1595.00
- Lodging with meals
- Guided fishing
- Dinner on your arrival date
- Breakfast upon departure
Packages do not include:
- Transportation to Soaring Eagle
- Beer and sodas at the Lodge
- Gratuities for the guides and staff
- New Mexico fishing license
- Any incidentals purchased at Soaring Eagle
Travel Arrangements & Insurance
Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for trips. Contact us at 877.935.2975 or 303.494.1375 or email@example.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance. FRA requires all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.
At time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. if within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues. Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance is strongly advised & recommended.