Fishing Reports by Captain Scott Taylor
About The Author:
Company: High Country Fishing Charters
Area Reporting: South West Colorado
Bio: Scott Taylor has been guiding fishermen since he was 20 yrs old. His experience led him to start his own guide service in Vail, CO for 12 years before becoming a Charter Captain on the Gulf Coast of Florida. With 6 years experience on the saltwater flats of Pine Island Sound, Scott specialized in sight fishing for Redfish, Snook and Tarpon! Now in the summer time Scott runs the only charter service out of Colorado on Navajo Lake - High Country Fishing Charters! In the winter Scott is the Training Coordinator and Ski Instructor at Wolf Creek Ski Area, just outside of Pagosa Springs. Scott is Full Cert. instructor with 16 years experience at the Vail Ski School. Scott has appeared 2 times on ESPN, and once on High Country Outdoors. For information on guided fishing trips, or for Private Ski Lessons at Wolf Creek with Scott, please send an Email. The main style of fishing offered on Navajo Lake is fly fishing and light tackle (spinning & bait casting) with artificial lures and fly's. On the quality waters of the San Juan River trips are fly fishing only, instruction being the specialty. Teaching how to cast, when to cast, how to work the fly or lure, and when and where to fish. I am a very patient instructor / guide, and enjoy teaching new anglers to fish with either spinning gear or a fly rod. For the more experienced angler, I also teach techniques to improve accuracy and increase casting distance.
[Pagosa Springs,CO] With mild temperatures and no snow in the high country, we are still having some great days fishing around Pagosa Spring. On the streams above 9,000 feet the best fishing time is around 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The window for good fishing is getting smaller, but it is still a great way to enjoy the mountains
[Pagosa Springs,CO] The seasons are changing! Snow in the high country (7 inches at Wolf Creek Ski Area), yellow aspens, red and orange oak brush. This is a great time to be in Pagosa Springs. The day time highs have been in the mid 70’s with temps around 38 a night, making for some great sleeping weather. That is good news for the trout. The water temperature has dropped considerably from the highs around 72 degrees only 3 – 4 weeks ago, to between 50 – 60 degrees (depending on elevation).
[Pagosa Springs,CO] It has been a very busy July and first part of August, after August 19th town will start to slow down with a lot of schools starting back up. Then there will be another bump with the start of hunting season in late August. The fishing continues to be good with water levels staying fishable and afternoon showers keeping the water temperatures down.
[Pagosa Springs,CO] At Sunset Ranch the fishing has been great in between blown out days. Last week Jeff and I had a family out there with visibility in the 8 – 10 inch range. That can scare some anglers away, but we got into a bunch of fish. We were throwing some of Pop’s special San Juan worms,
[Pagosa Springs,CO] The Blanco, Turkey Creek, and numerous other small streams all have fish that want to eat dry flies. The fish have not been very selective; they just want a good drag free float.
[Pagosa Springs,CO] The guides were fishing lots more water during May, than a typical year. Low snowfall and an early melt, means that run off is over. While this may be good for fishing in May and early June, let’s hope for a wet summer to keep the water levels in check come October, and not let Navajo Lake run too low.
[Pagosa Springs,CO] Today we went to Navajo Reservoir. It was snowing and blowing up to 20 mph at 8:00 am, but we had a plan, and stuck to it. Even with the tough weather, one of our main goals was to see how some of our new Tarpon flies were swimming.
[Pagosa Springs,CO] Last week’s warm temperatures broke all the ice on the upper San Juan River and the flows went from 150 cfs to 850 cfs this morning. Run – off is starting. As the lakes start to lose their ice, the fishing should be good on them.
[Pagosa Springs,CO] Did 3 floats last week on the lower Juan, and fished a few hours on the town stretch. Below the dam the fishing has been very good on the warmer days. If you can hit the river when the temperatures are in the mid – forties and higher the fishing should be good. With that said, currently it is in the 30’s and snowing in Pagosa, I should be fishing instead of writing this report. I think it would be a good BWO afternoon!
[Pagosa Springs,CO] I really like the improvements that were done on the Quality Waters of the San Juan River in NM! There were spots that I have only caught a few fish in the last 5 years, that were now loaded with fish.
[San Juan River,CT] The fishing below the dam on the San Juan River has been very good! The water is still on the dirty side, Navajo Resevoior is turning over, but that is not bothering the fish. For the last few weeks we have been catching fish on red larva, grey and black kf's, grey fluff baetis, and my new HCPT, a micro tubbing pheasant tail
[San Juan River,CO] The BWO hatch is on!! If you have never fish the BWO hatch on the San Juan, now it the time. The fishing should be good through mid-November.
[San Juan River,CO] The fishing has been very good in the mountains with cooler waters due to the afternoon rains. The lower San Juan is fishing better than all summer. Check out the full report.
[San Juan River,CO] The fishing is very good, and I would like to thank the guides for all their hard work.
[San Juan River,CO] Runoff is almost over, some of the best fishing of the year is on the way. The ant fall should be coming soon if we get some big rains!!
[Blanco River,CO] Spring run off is on the way, but there is still good fishing in SW Colorado.
[San Juan River,CO] I had two trips out on Navajo Lake last week. The fishing has been on the slow side with most of the water temps at 49 degrees. We did find some back, muddy water at 52.
[San Juan River,CO] Great fishing on the Juan. Guide Steve Baird was out with Parker and Kyle, for their first time fishing with a fly rod. Went skiing one day, and fishing the next. Onlyl in SW Colorado!
[San Juan River,CO] You can still get your dry fly fix on the San Juan River.