Scott Taylor

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. We also wanted to try some on the new 9 inch Hogy soft plastic lures, with several different riggings. Next week, Steve and I head to the Florida Everglades to chase Tarpon for 6 weeks. We had a few flies that we want to tweak a bit, but over all they looked great in the water. The 9 inch Hogy looks amazing, incredible action. I was hoping for a better day on the water to try them on some Pike. I am sure they will work. The evidence of their success is this nice, chunky small mouth bass that slammed a 9 inch lure!

Last week Steve fished with Josh on the Lower San Juan. They fished the wade area and got into a bunch of fish. They spent a good deal of the day working fish on the dry fly. Josh was throwing a size 24 grizzly fore aft in the morning. In the afternoon, they switched to baetis patterns, the grey fluffy baetis in size 24 ended up being the preferred pattern.

Craig Taylor, from Pagosa went out on a float the last week of March, and got into a few rainbows and one brown trout on a quick afternoon float. The day before it was snowing in Pagosa, and the next day Craig was in short sleeves floating on the San Juan River. Got to love that!

While Steve and I are Tarpon fishing in FL, Jeff while be taking care of the bookings in May. I will still be checking emails, and taking phone calls. Jeff will also be checking voice mails. We will keep you updated on our Florida adventure through our blog -

If you are planning on a guided trip this summer give us a call and we will help you plan a great fishing trip. Our trips range from fishing the high country streams for cutthroats, private property trips on the San Juan River, Floats & Wade trips on the Lower San Juan River, and Lake trips on Navajo Lake.

Tight lines,

Scott Taylor


While you are in town make sure that you visit the following businesses!

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Located on Put hill, just West of Downtown Pagosa Springs.


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Pagosa Outside Adventures - Rafting, Biking, Kayaking, Tubing

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Pagosa Ski Rental (PSR)

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Fish Species: Trout, Bass, Pike
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Small Mouth that ate a 9 inch Hogy!
Small Mouth that ate a 9 inch Hogy!

Craig T, on the San Juan river.
Craig T, on the San Juan river.

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Scott Taylor

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.

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