Scott Taylor

The fishing is excellent below the dam on the San Juan River, especially if you like throwing dry flies! Most days the BWO's are on the surface around 1:00 pm, you can start fishing grey foams, and chocolate foams around 10:30 am. My best set up in the afternoon has been a BWO dry (parachute, dun, no-hackle, sparkle dun) followed by a grey or chocolate fluffy. I keep the fluffy dry by putting it in dry fly shake. They will eat the fluffy in the film until about 4:00 pm, then they seem to mostly key in on the dry (emergence is over).

All of the local streams are still fishing very well after an early season snow storm dropped 44 inches of SNOW in 3 days. We had a mini spring run-off and now the streams are in great shape with water levels higher than normal for this time of year (which is great for the trout). We are still hammering them with hopper dropper rigs. Any dry dropper rig will get some attention.

Out at Sunset Ranch I have been throwing streamers looking for the big browns. Early November to mid-November is when the browns usually start pre spawn in our area. So if you are around, go chuck some streamers! I make out best with a tandem rig, first fly a smaller size 10 12 white streamer, then a foot back something bigger like a Nappy Head, or a Pop's Bugger. The best thing about November is the crowds are gone.

Tight lines,

Scott Taylor


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Kyle Rickert with a nice bow.
Kyle Rickert with a nice bow.

Steve Baird showing of a fish from the backwates on the Juan.
Steve Baird showing of a fish from the backwates on the Juan.

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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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