San Juan in Pagosa Springs
upper San Juan flows down from the Continental
Divide near Wolf Creek Pass through Pagosa Springs
and then works its way south eventually dumping
into Navajo Reservoir. This river is truly
a gem of a trout stream that offers the fly
fisher numerous opportunities to cast dries,
streamers and nymphs to some amazing trout.
Mesa Canyon float trips cover about 12 river miles through an impressive canyon
that has been coined by one client as "a mini Green River". The float
is mostly through private land (that we 100% respect) and has not been developed,
so it has a very real and wild feel.
The window of float opportunity for this section is fairly narrow with prime
time being the last couple weeks of May through the first couple weeks of June.
The main hatch to catch during early June is the salmon fly. We do float it
earlier, but it just depends on the snow pack. Windows in March and April are
hard to forecast, but if you can hit it right, the fishing can be surprisingly
good. Book early for this incredible float trip.
Browns and rainbows are the primary species that live in the upper Juan. Fish
average 15 to 17 inches and they fight like they're twice that size. 20 plus
inch fish are often hooked and with a bit of patience, skill and a lot of luck
sometimes we can get 'em in the net. There have even been a few monsters (6-10
Lbs!) that we have been lucky enough to see. Occasionally we'll even tie into
a monster carp or two; 6 to 15 pound carp...on the fly!
Guide trips on the upper San Juan include:
(including secret guide patterns)
lunch with drinks
Upper San Juan
float trips do not include:
Colorado fishing license and
customary gratuity for the guide
you or any one in your group needs
to use a rod and reel and/or
waders for the day, no
problem, we will supply high-end gear at no
extra cost. Most
guide services tack that,
as well as flies, on to the
and your group are saving over