The Ramblings of a Fly Fisherman

Williams Creek and the San Juan River

I just returned from a camping trip in Pagosa Springs, CO. Honestly, I couldn’t say enough good things about this place. Most of our local fishing was done at Williams Creek and while the browns in this area were quite challenging to fool, they were a lot of fun and willing to take larger patterns such as salmon flies and hoppers this time of year. We fished from the Williams Creek Reservoir to about 6 miles downstream noting the best success around the pastures located near where the road starts heading up into the higher hills. The water here is a little fast for a small stream and very clear so watch your approach and don’t overlook the smaller pools as I found a few nice trout in those locations. Patterns to have with you include salmon flies, ants, and a variety of stone flies.

We also headed south to the San Juan River. If you are anywhere near this area, I highly recommend taking a float trip down the San Juan south of the Navajo Dam. We met up with Scott from High Country Charters and booked a full day trip down this section of river. The trout here are big, strong and plentiful. Scott and Steve were able to show us a few good nymphing techniques and get us on top of some impressive fish. Weekends can be crowded so be sure to arrive there on a week day to avoid the crowds and maximize the fun.

Fishing Williams Creek

Alyssa's Monster Brown on the San Juan River

My Big Rainbow on the San Juan River


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