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High Country Fishing Charters

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High Country Fishing Charters

We offer fly fishing trips and instruction on the local waters near Pagosa Springs, Colorado on the San Juan National Forest, private property trips and both float and wade trips on the Quality Waters of the San Juan River in New Mexico. We specialize in instruction.

Our trips can be as hard as you want or much easier. We offer trips that we hike to, use 4 wheelers, and drive to. If you are looking for a trip where you most likely will not se any one, you will be interested in a hiking trip. On the other side of the coin, is fishing for big fish. The biggest fish come with some crowds, but you will have a chance to catch big trout on the lower San Juan.

Here are some of the streams that we fish.

Turkey Creek: This is one of my favorites, of the small creeks that we guide. We can fish this section of river most of the summer and into the fall, and almost never see anyone all day. It is a small creek 4-8 feet wide in most places and a little over grown in some sections and wide open in others. It is a freestone river (no dam) lots of big boulders and pocket water mixed with plunge pools and fast drops. This great little river offers one of the better shots at a big fish then any of the other creeks in the area. We see fish in the 12-15" class often on this creek. It is easy to access there is a short down hill hike to the river about mile. This wonderful little river is full of bookies, browns, bows, and a few cuts and run from 8-15". Most fish on this river are suckers for dry flies and a #16 yellow stone or a caddis are some of the best bugs. A small beadhead dropper is sometimes fished in the deeper runs but we MUCH prefer to fish all dry flies here. The setting is Breathtaking 10,000 foot peaks all around you and nothing but miles and miles of pines, aspen, and unspoiled wilderness. All the small creeks in this area are truly solitary angling at it best; after all you came here to get away form it all right!

Piedra Creek: This river is one of the easiest to access in the areas that we guide near Pagosa. It is also one of the prettiest rivers I have ever fished. Open meadows, deep dark alpine forest all set in one of the most beautiful valleys in the area. 10,000-foot peaks surround you as you're on the hunt for brook, browns and a few cut bows. The trout are eager on dry flies and rise well all summer. If you are willing to hike for a little bit you'll get away from the water that other people fish and find willing fish in wonderful soundings. Fish on the Piedra are 8-12" and willing, dry fly-fishing at its very best in a high country setting.

Wolf Creek: This is a great small stream, not as easy to get to as many of the other's but often that is what makes the fishing better. This is a small creek 2-5 feet wide in most area and a little over grown. Brook, browns, and bows will more then make the hike well worth it, as the lack of pressure makes for over eager fish and lots of them! Small pools and pocket water with on your hands and knees approach and all dry fly action makes for a memorable day! Fish on this river are going to be 6-10" on average but every cast could yield a small stream trophy. If seeing no one on your fishing trip is what you like this is YOUR River. Unspoiled wilderness, 1,500-foot cliffs and 10,000-foot peaks everywhere you look, after your day you might have a little better idea of what heaven looks like!

Rio Blanco: This is probably the most under fished river in our area, this river is a true adventure every time. Because of the limited amount of time even our guides spend on this river it's a wonderful challenge every time. This river is the most southern of the rivers that we guide in Colorado and will fish well right at the end of runoff season, and get to low for fishing as early as Aug 1st. This river falls in the truest southwestern setting of all the southern Colorado Rivers we guide. Mesa's to the south 10,000 foot peaks of wolf creek pass to the north and a wonderful mixed setting of high dessert and mountain fertility.. Fish are eager and willing to take dry flies all season. Caddis and small stones are the main stay for this river so stimmys and peacock caddis are the normal bugs. Solitary angling at its best, unexplored, under fished, seldom seen and impossible to forget! Un-chain your self, form the day to day and jump into the unexplored and re-find your self on the Rio Blanco.

High Country Fishing Charters is an equal opportunity employer and service provider operating under special use permit on the San Juan National forest.

 Category: Fishing Type of Fishing: Fly Fishing

High Country Fishing Charters


Charter Boat NameBoat Name: Trout Bum

Charter Boat InformationBoat Info: 16 foot Don Hill Drift Boat and a 16 foot Silver King Flats boat with a 115 hp 4 stroke Mercury

Number of AnglersNumber of Anglers: 2

We Offer and SupplyWe Supply: All nessary gear and flies



Our Charter Service is Located InWe are based in: Pagosa Springs.

Cities We FishAnd we serve: Pagosa Springs, South Fork, Durango.

Waters We FishWaters we fish include: San Juan River, Turkey Creek, Piedra, East Fork of the San Juan, West Fork of the San Juan, Quartz creek, Private Property Trips.

Fish we catch.The type of fish we catch include: Trout, Bass, Pike, Carp.



Charter Fishing RatesCharter Rates: 1/2 day $300 3/4 day $350 Full day $400



Charter Captains BioCaptains 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 10 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 a Level III Certified ski instructor, and Level I Telemark with 16 years experience at the Vail Ski School.

Scott has appeared 2 times on ESPN, and once on High Country Outdoors. 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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