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Upper San Juan in Pagosa Springs Colorado
The 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 floats
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 season
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.

The trout
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
Guide trips on the upper San Juan include:

  • Professional Guide
  • Flies (including secret guide patterns)
  • Terminal Tackle
  • Hearty stream-side lunch with drinks
  • Transportation (if needed)
  • Rod/Reel and Waders/Boots

Upper San Juan float trips do not include: Colorado fishing license and
customary gratuity for the guide

If 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 bill. Right there you and your group are saving over $40 per angler.