Fall fly fishing in Pagosa Springs, CO
<p>The fishing has been great! With some recent rains the local high country streams have turned back on after lower warm waters of August. A few of the trips last week it was a bit cool wet wadding. The dry / dropper rig was slamming the fish, they haven't been too picky, but most of the fish have hit the dropper. I have been using a brass bead head for a little weight. If you fish a tungsten bead your dry will be sinking all day. My dry has been either a foam ant or foam hopper. If I found fish actively rising, I would throw a parachute Adams above them.
Down on the San Juan we have had some killer days in the last two weeks on wade trips. Some of the mornings we nailed them on size 26 desert storms (also tied in black and dark brown), size 26 and 28 midge larvas in tan, black, and olive. Mid- morning size 26 chocolate kf emerger. Then we would switch to grey foam, brown foams, fluffy's and CDC rs2 in grey. The flow all week was at 900 cfs, this morning they dropped to 815 cfs. The flows are great right now.
Don't forget all of our new areas that we are fishing in the San Juan National Forest.
The streams of the upper San Juan are not at ALL like the San Juan in New Mexico. These unspoiled rivers and creeks start just miles above where we will be fishing. The 10,000-foot peaks that are still packed with snow in July feed these intimate rivers on their way to the Navajo Reservoir and then the Tail water section of the San Juan that everyone knows. Some of the many streams that we are permitted on through the San Juan National Forest are the West Fork and East Fork of the San Juan, Quartz Creek, Wolf Creek, Turkey Creek, The Upper Piedra, and the Rio Blanco. These streams are great for beginners and experienced anglers alike. We will access most of the fishing areas on foot or on a 4 wheeler. The fish average 8 – 15 inches and are eager for dry flies and dropper rigs. Small steams will often give the beginner fly fisherman many more opportunities to hook fish on the dry fly.
Loagan and a big bow form the lower Juan.
Logan on a tiny stream at 9,000 feet!
About The Author: Captain Scott Taylor
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.