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Trout bite is on in South West Colorado

Capt. Scott Taylor
June 27, 2010
Pagosa Springs - Freshwater Fishing Report

The rivers and streams are all looking great in South West Colorado, and all the streams can now be safely wadded. The fish on all the waters seem to be very healthy and in good shape. The water flows should maintain good levels throughout the summer. With a few rains a month, this will keep the fish active and feeding longer through out the day. Then we will hit the Monsoon Season, rains every day a 5pm. This always provides us some great fall fishing. We have been on a 3-week dry spell, but next week looks good for some mountain precipitation. The rainy summer days in the mountains can bring some of the best dry fly action of the year. So if you are booking a trip, and there is a chance of rain, you could be in for some great actions. Remember "The fish are already wet"!

The last month has been very busy, with the high water in town and on the local streams we were fishing every day below the dam or on Navajo Lake. The flows through out the month have been around 500, they just bumped it up to 850. The wade fishing has been good as well as the float trips. I was doing a lot of sight fishing with nymphs on the wade trips, using #9 or #10 shot, and sometimes no weight at all. It is really a lot of fun to get intermediate anglers looking for the "Wink" of a trout's mouth, and then set the hook. This is especially challenging in a foot of still water, but very rewarding, knowing that you have now stepped it up a level.

Lee Soskin and I had a day on the lake in early June. His goal was to get his 9wt. wet in preparation for a fall bonefish trip. We got the fly rod going, and Lee caught his 1st pike on the fly! The pike ate a white Pop's Bugger on the fall. The fishing was slow from mid morning till noon when some rain moved in. During and after the rain, the bass fishing turned on, and we landed around 20 fish, we even had 2 or 3 doubles! Then at the last stop of the day, and just about last cast, Lee hooked into his biggest pike. Just as I was landing the pike in the pike cradle the hook came out! Some how the fish still stayed in the cradle, and Lee got his picture.

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Michael and Alyssa camped up at the Sportsman Campground, and had great time fishing in the Pagosa area. You can check out Michael's fly fishing blog out at - http://theflyguide.blogspot.com/2010/06/williams-creek-and-san-juan-river.html . Alyssa caught a beautiful brown from the lower flats. It put up an amazing fight and didn't want to come near the net. Alyssa even let Michael land a few. For more info on the their trip, be sure to check out their blog.

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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.

Hungry for Adventure?
Pagosa Outside Adventures - Rafting, Biking, Kayaking, Tubing
Downtown Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs Fishing Forecast:

Condtinued good fishing with some great fishing with mountain storms.

Target Species:

trout, bass, pike

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Join a Pagosa Springs Fishing Guide for a great day fishing on Southwest CO's high mountain streams and Northern NM on Navajo Lake and the " Quality Waters" of the San Juan River. Species fished on a guided fly fishing trip, include Bass, Pike, Trout, Crappie, Salmon and more while Fly Fishing Pagosa Springs, CO. Fly fishing and spin fishing trips with artificial lures and flys are offered on Navajo Lake, and fly fishing only trips are offered on the "Quality Waters" of the San Juan River.

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High Country Fishing Charters
558 Ginger Cir.
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: 970-946-5229
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