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Abe's Motel & Flyshop  Fisheads  |  Soaring Eagle

Abe's Motel and Fly Shop

Abe's Motel & Fly Shop, Inc.
P.O. Box 6428
Navajo Dam, NM 87419


Phone:  505-632-2194

Where the Greatest Fly Fishermen in the world meet.  SINCE 1958

Family owned and operated business, established by Abe & Patsy Chavez, pioneers of the San Juan River.  We are an Orvis Dealer featuring a full service fly shop that fills ALL angling needs including fishing licenses.   The helpful & friendly staff fishes the river and shares up to the minute fishing information and river conditions.  The San Juan River has constant water temperature offering year round fishing unequalled in the US. Hefty Rainbows, Browns and Cutthroats are common. We are Open sunup to sundown, 364 days of the year. Great restaurant & lounge. We have an RV Park-with full hookups, handy Grocery store, Gas Station, and Boat Storage Facilities too.

Lodging:  Anglers' favorite lodging facility on the San Juan River.  Comfortable rooms with convenient housekeeping amenities within walking distance of river & hungry trout!  The rooms are spacious and most include 2 double beds and a kitchenette.

Restaurant:  El Pescador Restaurant is open early for a hearty breakfast before heading to the fabulous San Juan. Full menu, specializing in New Mexican Cuisine, plus other delicious entrées, steaks, burgers & daily specials. Picnic lunches are available for daylong fishing.  We can accommodate special fly fishing clubs &/or group needs.

Guide Service:  Born-n-Raised on the San Juan River, Inc. Guide Service.   Since 1986. Tim Chavez, Outfitter for Born-n-Raised, Inc. was in fact, born & raised on the San Juan River & fished it since he was a kid.   Featuring full day wade &/or float trips in McKenzie river dories.   Includes helpful fly-fishing tips & techniques, aquatic life information and knowledge of ideal areas to access on your own. Provides many fond memories of one of the top ten trout rivers in the world.  Easily accommodates one-on-one instruction or grand fishing groups with the largest guiding staff on the San Juan.  Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced fly-fisher, you can be sure our skilled and hospitable guides will personalize your fly-fishing adventure on the San Juan.

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Fisheads Lodge

Fisheads San Juan River Lodge
Only ORVIS endorsed outfitter
on the San Juan River.


1796 Hwy 173 | View Map
Navajo Dam, NM 8741

Chris Taylor, owner of Fisheads Guide Service, has recently purchased Rizuto’s San Juan River Lodge in the center of the town of Navajo Dam. Those of you who have fished with Fisheads Guide Service know the quality and the eagerness to please that has made Fisheads the premier guide service on the San Juan river. That same quality and service is now available in lodging on the river.

Fisheads San Juan River Lodge has eight rooms that will accommodate up to eighteen people. Each room has been remodeled, and all of them have 32” flat screenTV’s with Direct TV satellite access, microwave ovens, refrigerators and WiFi access. All of the bedding is new as are the pillows. Pride is evident everywhere in the cleanliness and upkeep of each room.

Coming on line soon will be an accommodation called “Chuck’s Place” which is a four bedroom house. The house has a master suite with its own bath, two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bedroom with a double bed. There is also another full bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and a living room with a futon and a 42” flat screen TV. As with all of the accommodations, Chuck’s Place is fully air conditioned. This will be perfect for families, and small groups that want to stay together.

Also at the Fisheads San Juan River Lodge is an endorsed fully equipped ORVIS fly shop. In the fly shop, we offer the full line of ORVIS equipment and accessories. With a minimum $50.00 order, anything you order from us will be shipped to you for free. The fly selection we offer at the shop is second to none on the San Juan. They are custom tied flies specifically for the San Juan and its unique hatches. You can also get up to date information on the river and its hatches so you know what bugs are hatching and what flies are working as soon as you get here. No wasting time trying to figure out what’s going on your first day. Start right off with the correct flies and catching those famous San Juan River trout. You will find our staff very knowledgeable and eager to help and share their experience and knowledge of the river.

By the end of July, we will have our restaurant, “The Backcast Cafe” open for your dining pleasure. The restaurant will bring great food prepared by Chef Josh Mesker, a graduate of Johnson Wales Culinary School, to the town of Navajo Dam. Josh will be offering fine dining as well as lighter fare to satiate your appetite after a great day of fishing on the river. Until the restaurant opens, we are within easy walking distance of the two restaurants in the town of Navajo Dam.

Fisheads Guide Service, the only ORVIS Endorsed guide service on the San Juan river, received the Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the Year award for the year of 2008. This prestigious award is given to only one guide service in the entire country each year, and is earned by outstanding effort and the resultant customer satisfaction in every aspect of    guiding fly fisherman and women. For complete information on Fisheads Guide Service go to

For further information on any of the facets of the Fisheads San Juan River Lodge, please call 505-634-0463.

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Soaring Eagle

Soaring Eagle Lodge LLC
P.O. Box 6340
Navajo Dam, NM 87419


Phone:  505-632-3721
Or: 505-632-5621

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. 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 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!

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.  Wading the San Juan provides for an opportunity to learn the finesse of fly-fishing to large trout eating small insects and choosing the best size, shape and color of each fly to “match the hatch”.  Not just a challenge, but a brave contest of wits!

General Information
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.  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.

Great Guides
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.  Soaring Eagle Lodge hires only experienced guides who have years of fishing experience on 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!

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