Scott Taylor

With mild temperatures and no snow in the high country, we are still having some great days fishing around Pagosa Spring. On the streams above 9,000 feet the best fishing time is around 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The window for good fishing is getting smaller, but it is still a great way to enjoy the mountains. On several of the smaller streams, the guides got into a bunch of spawning browns. Some of them were very big, and it makes you wonder where they were hiding all summer!

The flows below the dam on the San Juan River are at 529 cfs today. The lower has been fishing very well. Fish are still keying in on baetis (chocolate and grey foam wings emergers) and of course midge patterns. The stretch in Pagosa is running at 47 cfs and is gin clear. During the early afternoon I have been fishing adult midge patterns to rising fish at the top of the runs. The best patterns have been Griffith's gnat or black biot midge. When fishing the deeper holes nymphing I have been fishing the natural looking patterns without any flash. With the clear water, the flash has made them shy away. Fish are also still chasing streamers.

I have been spending most of my time on the lake chasing pike. It is hit and miss, on trying to figure them out. We have been throwing big EP peanut butters, Sling Blade spoon fly's, and bunnies. We have also been throwing the hardware at them when we have trouble locating them on the fly. Big spoons and the Dynamic Dynamo HD Trout lures.

The ski season is right around the corner. If you come out in the winter you can mix some fishing in with your ski trip. We offer float and wade trips on the lower San Juan year round. The temperatures are usually 20 degrees warmer than in Pagosa!

Scott Taylor


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

Need Fly Fishing gear? See Pop's

Let it Fly

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


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Pagosa Outside Adventures - Rafting, Biking, Kayaking, Tubing

Downtown Pagosa Springs


Need Ski Rentals?

Pagosa Ski Rental (PSR)

Downtown Pagosa Springs


Fish Species: Trout, Bass, Pike
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Justin with his first trout on a dry Fly!
Justin with his first trout on a dry Fly!

Nice November Pike.
Nice November Pike.

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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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