Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish and can be some of the most fun you have ever had. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a fly requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting and just like with anything that requires technique, instruction can and almost always does make a big difference in those who say they have tried the sport to those who love it and in turn make it a part of their life. This is nota sport you will do once. You will learn more every time you put a fly rod in your hands and succeed only if you keep practicing, progressing, and actually fishing! Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food sources, to provoke the fish to strike (bite at the fly).
Fly fishing can be done in fresh or salt water. If there are fish swimming in it, you can fly fish it (examples in slideshow below). North Americans usually distinguish freshwater fishing between cold-water species (trout, salmon, steelhead) and warm-water species, notably bass although I have not encountered a species of fish that has refused a fly. Techniques for fly fishing differ with habitat (lakes and ponds, small streams, large rivers, bays and estuaries, and open ocean.)
We have many different types of water and places to choose from when deciding where to fish. We can hike 2-10 miles round trip and get lost in the back country of the Rockies, or we can take it easy and fish some of the exclusive and private water available to you through Piedra River Anglers. When thinking of the options, we would like to remind everyone that altitude DOES make a difference in how aggressive the back country can feel.
To learn about where to fish and how to fish for certain species please feel free to email any questions you might have.
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Half Day Public Wade: 1 Person $250 Half Day Private Wade: 1 Person $300
2 People $300 2 People $375
3 People $400 3 People $475 Full Day Public Wade: 1 Person $350 Full Day Private Wade: 1 Person $400
2 People $400 2 People $475
3 People $500 3 People $575
(Plus $25/Person Rod Fee on Private)
Float Trips (Advanced Anglers Only)
San Juan River: $550 (1-2 People/Boat )
"While visiting Pagosa Springs, CO in the fall we decided to go fly fishing. Being first time fly fishermen we really didn't know what to expect. Thats where Jamie stepped in and made our day. With his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm he patiently schooled us, from suiting up and rigging our gear. With gear in tow we set off on our journey down the San Juan River. First the lessons on how to maneuver on the rocks, then what type of targets to look for and finally Casting 101. My husband Brian was first and within 45 minutes of his first casting lesson he had landed a 19 inch Colorado Razorback sucker fish. Later that day he landed a 20 inch Brown Trout. What a day! Although, I was no where near the 20 inch range I landed a pretty little Rainbow Trout that made my day after losing what Jamie anticipated to be a 18-20 inch Rainbow.
Jamie's experience and knowledge made for a wonderful fly fishing experience. #Wewillbeback.
Brian & Laura
"Greatest fishing trip we ever had! Jamie was like the messiah of trout fishing and we were his disciples! He was very patient and caring as we navigated the river and listened to the young sage of fly fishing! We caught a lot of fish and learned more than we could ever use but most importantly we gained a new friend with Jamie! I would highly recommend using Him for your next guided fishing trip! We will be going back in the spring and summer and he will be getting a call from us!"
"I met Jamie the summer of 2014 in Yellowstone National Park and we spent a lot time fishing together. Later that year he told me that he was guiding in Colorado and I had to make a visit. I was fortunate enough to have Jamie guide my brother and I Fall of 2015 in Pagosa Springs, CO. I was blown away by he professionalism and knowledge considering his short experience in that area. He put us on a ton of great fish all week and showed me the smart way to fish. I considered myself a fairly experienced fly fisherman prior to this trip, but I left Pagosa Springs with a Masters in the sport. The last day of our trip he hooked me into a large rainbow trout. I hadn't had any previous experience with a fish of this size (24" 7lbs) and certainly wouldn't of been able to land it without his constant guidance. After about 35 minutes of fighting the rainbow, we eventually landed her and was able to finish the trip on a high i've never experienced. I would recommend Jamie for any style of fly fishing because I know his dedication level to the sport is unmatched."
Fishing with Jamie is like fishing with an old friend. Put me on fish immediately with my wife. On our trip to Colorado, we found him at the last minute and it ended up being a highlight of our trip. I recommend him ten times out of ten.
"In November of 2015, my brother invited me on a fly fishing trip to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He said that his friend, Jamie would be guiding us throughout our six days in the mountains. I was eager to learn as much as I could. After a tedious, five hour drive from Denver, it was quite refreshing to meet such an upbeat, positive person. Jamie's contagious enthusiasm immediately reawakened our excitement to begin an epic fishing adventure. He explained to us our itinerary for the week, which clearly indicated that he put a lot of thought and effort into planning our time there.
Every day was incredible and somehow each day seemed better than the last. We woke up before sunrise, ate breakfast and were on the water by eight. Without Jamie's extensive knowledge of the area, we would have never known how to find such amazing spots. Each morning he drove us to a remote back country location, then we suited up and hiked the rest of the way. My brother already had the basic fundamentals of the sport down, so Jamie spent a majority of his time coaching me. Within minutes of the first day, he had me catching fish and by lunch, I landed an eighteen inch rainbow. Fortunately, it wasn't beginner's luck. Thanks to Jamie's excellent guidance, I was able to consistently land good size fish. Knowing that my brother was on a mission to catch a monster that had escaped him months before, Jamie put in relentless effort to help him. On the last day of the trip, my brother caught the fish of a lifetime. It was a 24' rainbow and took roughly 35 minutes to reel in. It wouldn't have been possible without Jamie's careful guidance.
Without question, this was the best fishing trip I'd ever been on. Jamie's level of expertise and professionalism was nothing short of impressive. It was obvious that he reached such a high level so quickly because of his dedication and passion for sport. I would highly recommend Jamie Aponte as an expert guide for any type of fishing and an unforgettable experience.
From a happy customer whose expectations were well exceeded."