Scott Taylor

The fishing has been very good on all of our local streams. We had two days last week that were tough with some high water on a few of the streams and the San Juan River. Even with the high water we did find some streams that were not affected by the much needed rain. It looks like we are approaching the Monsoon Season (afternoon rains). This generally does not affect our fishing, but if you were out hiking Pagosa Peak, you would want to plan that hike early in the day. It's not the rain, but the thunderstorms you have to be aware of.

We have all been very busy, and it is tough to keep up with reports this time of year. It is hopper dropper time. That makes it easy.

Normally our reports include more info on the fishing, but I thought this might be a good time to thank the guides for all of their hard work, and pass on a thank you email that I just received.



Just a quick email to send a hearty "Thanks" to High Country Fishing Charters! My daughter called you late in the afternoon on Thursday, June 30.... We had driven up to Pagosa Springs just to have a "look around" and Lauren commented, "Wouldn't it be fun to learn to fly fish while we're here?" we called and you answered! My husband and I were pleasantly surprised to learn that you were even "entertain" the thought of such a late booking, but you all were great!

Jeff called us and we set a time to meet the next day. He was great, we brought with us nothing but our ignorance and a sandwich and he supplied everything else! The experience as great! Jeff patiently worked with each of us and very quickly we were casting with confidence. It was beautiful country, a good day to be on the river and Jeff was so kind to be so dedicated to Lauren's successful catch.... and by the afternoon, Success!!

I'm attaching a picture of our happy girl. Thank you for making our experience the best!

Warm Regards,

Karla Wagner

Scott Taylor


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Fish Species: Trout
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Lauren with her first fish on the fly!
Lauren with her first fish on the fly!

William Hall with his biggest fish yet.
William Hall with his biggest fish yet.

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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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