Scott Taylor

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. There were also spots that I have caught fish, and now they are dry. The spots that were dried up were generally unproductive, except for the occasional very selective midge slurpler! With the sections that were dried up by dams or diversions, it has created increased flows, which should decrease sedimentation in the river. Overall I am very impressed.

The fishing has been very good after the improvements in the wade area. Visibility is low, 1 2 feet at the best, due to lake turnover. The fish are still hungry and not as selective as usual. We caught fish last week, all day on almost anything red. We also did well on Iron Grey Big Mac's in 18 and 20 and small size 24 black midges. Between 11:00 and 1:00 we hit several midge hatches where we killed them on size 24 grizzly fore & aft patterns.

Tuesday I fished with below the dam with Tim Froehlich, and we did very well on eggs and a grey kf with a clear bead or a black thread head. The tough part was trying to get through all the fingerlings that were stocked last week. At first it was fun to see a strike on every cast, but then we had to hunt for the bigger fish. If we saw a bunch of small fish rising, we would walk by it, and look for water with out all the little guys on top. By doing that we got into some better fish.

Scott Taylor


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Tim is hooked on the winter fishing on the Juan!
Tim is hooked on the winter fishing on the Juan!

Lots of fish, and very few fisherman are on the river.
Lots of fish, and very few fisherman are on the 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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