Spring fishing in SW Colorado
<p>Wolf Creek Ski area closed for the season yesterday with 10 inches of new snow, and a 112 inch base! The year to date snow amount was 397 inches, about 50 - 75 inches short of normal. Still with around 10 feet of snow on the ground, we are going to have a good spring run-off.
As the temperatures start to warm run off will begin, and make many of the streams and rivers un-safe for wadding and discolored. We have 2 rivers that fish very good during run off, and of course we offer trips on Navajo Lake.
Yesterday I was out with Ron Hedrick. He was here hunting turkeys and wanted to get in some fishing as well. We went to the Blanco, south of Pagosa Springs. The air temp was 31, the water temp was 42, and it was partly cloudy with no wind.
We climbed up huge cutbank, and checked the stream for fish. From our overlook we spotted two areas of larger rainbow trout on spawning redds, and higher up the pool we spotted feeding fish. Ron and I left the spawners undisturbed, and chased the fish that were not interested in the spawn.
The fish were pretty hungry. They ate every pattern we threw; we even got one on a Royal Wulff! They dug the hear's ear and micro egg the most. All they wanted was a good drift. The dirt road we came in on is closed to traffic, until May 15 each year. We hiked in about 1/2 a mile before we started to fish. The fly's we offered the fish, were most likely the first fly's they had seen since the road closed in Oct. We ended up 12 trout and several misses for the afternoon. Now Ron has to try for his turkey.
Ron with a nice trout on a snowy morning.
Ron with another nice mountain trout.
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.