Soaring Eagle Lodge on the San Juan River
2019 Dates: April 22nd - 26th, June 17th - 21st, & October 28th - November 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.
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 takeout. 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. Afterward, 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; Soaring Eagle Lodge provides an experience that sets them apart from other accommodations. Their cuisine has distinctive American regional flavors incorporating continental techniques. They 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 they 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 catch, 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
- 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
Terms and Cost
2019 Hosted Dates and Pricing based on double occupancy / 4 nights – 3 days of fishing!
April 22 – 26, 2019 – – $1,495 per angler – FRA host TBD
June 17 – 21, 2019 – – $1,495 per angler – FRA host TBD
Oct. 11 – 15, 2019 – – $1,775 per angler – FRA host Steve McLaughlin
Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019 – – $1,495 per angler – FRA host TBD
- Pricing based on double occupancy. Private rooms available for additional upcharge. Taxes, gratuities and alcohol not included
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 303.494.1375or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
At the 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 the 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.
This was our first hosted trip with FRA and it exceeded our expectations. Great communication, trip was better than advertised, and reasonable pricing. Randy was an excellent and knowledgeable host. We look forward to future trips with FRA!
As always FRA provided us with exceptional service and another amazing destination fishing trip.. The length of this trip worked great for us. We will be going back to the Soaring Eagle lodge on the San Juan River. So impressed with everyone at the Soaring Eagle.. They knew our names before they even met us. Customer service to me is always key, and we received outstanding customer service from FRA and Soaring Eagle Lodge! Thank you so much for a much needed very "fishy" fly-fishing trip.
This was my first trip with Front Range Anglers. The entire trip was top notch. Our host was very friendly and competent. The food and lodging was exactly as promised. We had a great guide.