Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Spring Has Sprung in the High Country!

Spring Break is in full swing now at the Wolf Creek Ski Area, but we are still fishing on the Lower San Juan River with both wade and float trips and when the conditions permit on the upper San Juan at Sunset Ranch and thru the town stretch. Most days in the spring the temperatures in Pagosa are 35 – 50 degrees. So if you come to town and are not going skiing, lets go fishing.

The fishing below the dam has been good with some bigtime midge hatches from mid – morning on, and the water clarity is getting better every day. The lake has stopped turning and the greenish color of the river will soon be gone. The one good thing about dirty water is that the fish can’t see us either and we can use some larger flies than we typically use on the Lower Juan. Now that it is getting clearer we can get back to the sight fishing that we all love on the Lower Juan. The snow pack in the last few weeks has changed greatly. The Ski Area had over 100 inches of snow in 10 days, and if we get a few more storms we might get lucky and have enough water in Navajo Lake for a few days of flushing the river out with flows around 5,000 cfs. It has been a few years since we had enough water to flush the river.

            Spring Tarpon fishing is right around the corner. Steve and I will be in the Everglades April 1st to the first week of June. Jeff, Dave, Alex and Andy will be holding the fort down in Pagosa. If you have ever had the itch to fly fish in the saltwater or have fished other areas in the Salt you need to check out Fly Fishing in the Everglades Nat. Park and the 10,000 Islands on the West Coast of Florida. For the upcoming Tarpon Season, I am offering readers of this fishing report some big savings. For fishing trips in April & May of 2015 that are 3 days or longer, the rate will be $450 a day. A savings of $100 a day!

Make sure to visit the Laid Up Charters web site (http://www.laidupcharters.com).

Here are some pictures from the Dave Mitchell group last week.

Tanner with a big Brown!

Shane with his first trout on the fly.

Shane with another Brown.

Tobby getting it done!

The boys with their "Heck Yeah's"!

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
 Downtown Pagosa Springs, across from Kip’s

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

Need Ski Rentals?
Pagosa Ski Rental (PSR)
Downtown Pagosa Springs