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. Water is dependant on which licensed outfitter you choose to go out with. 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' affiliates and guides who are available for hire to licensed outfitters. 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.
Half Day Public Wade: 1 Person $300 Half Day Private Wade: 1 Person $325
2 People $375 2 People $400
3 People $475 3 People $500
Full Day Public Wade: 1 Person $400 Full Day Private Wade: 1 Person $425
2 People $475 2 People $500
3 People $575 3 People $600
Public wade trips are on state governed waters.
(Plus $75/Person Rod Fee on Private)
San Juan River: $550 (1-2 People/Boat )
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OUR GUIDE STAFF
Jamie Aponte. Jamie is the founder and owner/operator of Piedra River Anglers. His love for fly fishing is something he wants to share with every person who is willing to put in the work. This is after all, the most technical and difficult method of fishing and this is why Jamie can't get enough of it! Fly fishing taught him that fishing isn't just about poking fish. With the sport, there comes an understanding behind the conservation and preservation of our local waters. This is something Jamie teaches on every guide trip and he is excited to share these things with you! His love of fishing came on at an early age in Puerto Rico as a young boy out fishing with his family, mainly his father. After coming stateside, he continued to fish and learn what it means to be an outdoorsman. His parents spent many summers taking the family rafting, camping, hiking, and fishing in the Smokey Mountains and this inevitably created an addiction that brought Jamie out west. Finding Pagosa Springs on accident, he is here to stay and lives to spread his love of fly fishing and conservation to anyone who is willing to listen.
This is Edward Eckert. Eddie is a true jack of all trades. I mean, the amount of different things this guy is into and has true knowledge of is crazy. I bet the first thing you don't think is, "Hey! I bet that guy is a master cook!" Well, he is. He is obsessed with bird hunting, fishing, big game hunting and he puts his magic touch on all of these in the kitchen like no other man can. And ladies... he's single. Originally from Texas, Eddie brings a smile and extremely positive attitude that is infectious to everyone nearby and he's come to Pagosa Springs, Colorado to show you around the river! Eddie spends his summers on the water fly fishing and most of Spring and Fall chasing the bird migration. He is very close to his family in Texas and heads back frequently to visit and catch up. Eddie is eager to get you on fish and get you fishing a fly rod like pro! Let's get you on the water with him.
Meet John Pritchard. Two sentences out of this young man's mouth and you will know for sure he's from the south! Calling Charleston, South Carolina home, John came to the Rocky Mountains of Pagosa Springs to scratch an itch. The itch that comes after poking a trout on the fly! John has been a fisherman and angler all of his life but it wasn't until he picked up his first fly rod in Jackson Hole, WY that he realized he had been missing something and finally found it. He rarely wants to fish using any other method anymore which is turning him into quite the trout fisherman. He now wants to pass on the technique he has learned to those who are willing to take this sport to heart! And ladies... this one is taken so BACK OFF. Full of enthusiasm, fish tales, and an expanse of knowledge behind the sport of fly fishing, John will show you one HELL of a time out on the water.
Brad Rivas. Or B-Rad as we all like to call out to him since this nickname seems to fit him so much better. B-Rad was born and raised in the paradise that is known to all of us as Pagosa Springs, CO. He made the mistake of moving away for a very short time and came back with a longing to be submersed in his home roots. B-Rad is a husband and father. These are two roles that he takes very seriously and that fills his heart with joy. But B-Rad will also tell you that the woods, rivers, streams, and mountains of the surrounding area are almost just as much a part of his heart as his family. A true outdoorsman, B-Rad hunts deer and elk, bass fishes, has been fly fishing for trout since he was little tyke, but his favorite fish to poke on the fly right now would probably be the Northern Pike. With a massive amount of true Pagosa Springs native knowledge, B-Rad will show you a good time while leaving you with many more incredible activities to check out while you're in town!