Fishing


From Fourmile Lake to Navajo Dam, the Ski and Bow Rack will get you ready to go with expert advice and top of the line outfitting!


Pagosa Springs, CO Fishing

Ski & Bow Rack has the widest selection of fishing gear for fly fishing, spin fishing, or bait fishing. Our Flies, bait, and tackle supply is the largest in town, with great brands like Anglers Accessories, Black's Flies, Bosstin, Loon, Orvis, Pacific Fly, R.L.Winston Rods,  Ross Reels USA, Ross Worldwide, Scientific Anglers, SIMMS, Solitude Fly, Trout Hunter, Panther Martin, Dardevle, Kastmaster, Luhr Jensen, Rooster tail, Rapala, Blue Fox, Mepps, Rebel, Strike King, WilletteWorks, Zoom and many other lures.

Our rods & reels include Orvis, R.L. Winston, Ross USA & Worldwide, Scientific Anglers, Quantum, Eagle Claw, the Ugly Stick, and Okuma. We even have something for the little ones: Disney rods from Mickey Mouse to Tigger!

"Largest Selection of Bass Fishing Tackle in the Area."

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 "FREE!" Fly Fishing/Fly Casting Lessons Every Saturday from 10 am. to 12 pm.
(Limited to 6 people please call to reserve a spot) (970)264-2370.

 

Fishing Rentals

  • Spin/Baitcast Pole and Reel 24 hours - $6
  • Fly Fishing Rod and Reel 24 hours - $15
  • Waders & Boots 24 hours - $15
  • Fly Rod/Reel and Waders & Boots 24 hours - $25

 

Fishing Guides


Ski and Bow Rack has Southwest Colorado's and Northern New Mexico's Best Guided Fishing Trips with the most experienced guides in the area! Please call today for more information 970-264-2370 or contact us here.

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." -Henry David Thoreau

  • Get Your Fishing Rentals
  • Take a Fly Fishing Class
  • Fly Fishing Guide Services
From Fourmile Lake to Navajo Dam, the Ski and Bow Rack will get you ready to go with expert advice and top of the line outfitting!

Rates:
All Full-Day Wade Trips: Please Call (970)264-2370 or email for Details
1 person: $325
2 person: $375
3 person: $450

(Add $50 per person fee for Los Pinos/Pine)
(Add $100 per person fee for EFR)

Half-Day Wade Trips:
(San Juan River, CO)
1 person: $250
2 person: $275
3 person: $325

River Float:
(San Juan River, CO. & NM. or Rio Grande River, CO.)

Max 2 people per boat: $450


Lake Float:
(Vallecito Lake, Spin or Fly)  

Full Day 
1-2 people: $450
3-4 people: $550 
  
Half Day 
1-2 people: $350
3-4 people: $450

Full-Day Guided Trips include lunch & drinks, transportation, and all fishing equipment.
Half-Days do not include lunches.

Not Included in Prices on Guided Trips: Fishing License or Gratuities for Guides.  

 
Private Waters:

Snow Angel Ranch, Pagosa Springs, CO

The Snow Angel Ranch is one of the best kept secrets of the area. Enjoy catching trophy-sized trout of all four species in one of the three Lakes or in the creek while feeling like you've taken a step back in time.
Very beginner friendly and easy access with very positive results.
Accessible & Fishable: April to November

Navajo River, Chromo, CO

The Navajo River is an amazing trout stream located 23 miles from Pagosa Springs. With some habitat improvements done on the stream, expect  large trout of all four species. The Navajo River is a beautiful river valley with trophy-sized trout and here Grand Slams are possible.
This location is more suited for intermediate to advanced anglers in fair to good physical shape, though beginners can benefit greatly from this once in a lifetime experience.
Accessible & Fishable: March to December

The East Fork Ranch, Pagosa Springs, CO

The EFR is located just a few miles NE of downtown Pagosa Springs. The EFR has rarely been fished in the last 100 years, and we are the first Guide Service ever to guide this very exclusive private property. Come enjoy catching Rainbow, Brown, Brook, & Cutthroat Trout on one of the many pools in our 5 miles of the East Fork of the San Juan. Try some smaller creek fishing in the canyons of Quartz Creek or on one of the lakes.
Good location for all physical and angling abilities.  
Accessible & Fishable: May-November
("Additional Rod Fees")


The Los Pinos (Pine River Tailwater), Bayfield/Vallecito, CO
 

The Los Pinos/Pine River Tailwater is a bottom-release tailwater fishery that is totally private from the base of Vallecito Dam to Ignacio, CO. As a tailwater, this river is an extremely fertile fishery because most of the landowners along the Pine manage their properties as Wild Trout, Fly Fishing Only, and Catch & Release Waters. The Pine River & its trout are best compared to the Frying Pan or Taylor Rivers minus the people and fishing pressure. Crystal-clear waters, lots of insect life (food), and Very Large, Old, Wise, Wild Trout, make fore huge fish on light line with small flies. This is a truly unique fishery with average-sized trout of 20"-24" & 4-6 lbs. with fish up to 20+lbs lurking about.
Recommended for advanced, experienced fly fishers, easy access, but strong wading abilities are a bonus to land these beasts. Be ready to Run or Swim!!! 
Accessible & Fishable: Year-Round!  
("Additional Rod Fees")

Public Waters:

Piedra River, Wilderness in Archuleta County, CO
 
The Piedra is a very high quality "Wild" trout fishery, managed as "Artificial Fly & Lure Only, Catch & Release River" for around 18 miles of public "Walk-in or Horse-Only Access" which in turn equals less people and fishing pressure and high population of happy, hungry, wild trout.  Piedra translates to "Rock" in English which explains it well: a semi-remote to remote, rocky river flowing through beautiful box canyons, rocky rapids, and open meadows. You can expect average fish of Wild Browns & Rainbows in the 12-16" range with larger fish caught regularly. Piedra can be an awesome dry-fly river in the Summer months also with good hatches and great terrestrial fishing.
Suited best for people in good physical shape, but any angling ability from beginner to advanced will enjoy this fishery.
Accessible & Fishable: April to December

San Juan River, Pagosa Springs, CO
  
San Juan River in Downtown Pagosa Springs, CO. is managed by the CPW & Town of Pagosa Quality Fishing Project. Currently the river has had massive amounts of stream habitat work done through town and is stocked with Rainbow Trout from fingerlings - 12 inches by CPW and 12"-20" Rainbows planted by the PQFP with Browns stocked at fingerling size by CPW or Wild. There are 2 miles of public access through town with a great pool-to-pool ratio. You can expect to hook Rainbows and Browns averaging 12"-20" with good numbers of Wild & Holdover fish mixed in some up to 24+" 5+lbs. or bigger. A few 10-15lb. fish are caught each year in Downtown. If you are short on time, want to learn to fly fish, or just learn more & tune up your skills on public, more-pressured waters? Please consider booking a guided trip with one of our expert guides. Hey, you may catch the Trophy Trout of a Lifetime!
Anyone can easily fish the San Juan in Downtown no matter fishing ability or physical ability; very friendly access and fishing.
Accessible & Fishable: Year-Round!
(Half Days Available)

Rio Grande River, South Fork, CO

The Rio Grande is one of the few "Big River" fisheries in SW CO. The Rio is a broad river full of long, glassy pools with very easy, relaxing floats. The Rio is also probably the buggiest river in the area with multiple hatches daily throughout warmer months of the year and offers fantastic dry-fly fishing. High populations of average-sized Brown Trout 10-14" & a few Rainbows of all sizes reside in the upper river upstream of South Fork, and you will find lower numbers of larger 16-20" Browns & a few more Rainbows from South Fork downstream. Most years the Rio Grande will fish well from March to December and have good Boating flows from April to October. This is also a fun river to fish streamers or mouse patterns, especially in higher or murkier water conditions and will usually pick-up the biggest of fish of the year.
Friendly fishery, easy wading and/or floating on a boat or raft, the Rio Grande is an enjoyable trip for all abilities, angling &/or physical.
Accessible & Fishable: March-November.  



Ski and Bow Rack’s Guides provide only the best fishing equipment from Korkers, R.L. Winston, Ross Reels, Orvis, & Scientific Anglers.


 

 

Fly Fishing Classes

 

SESSION 1*


INTRODUCTION TO FLY CASTING (LIMITED TO 6 ANGLERS)

TIME: ANYTIME | DAY: ANYDAY | SITE: SKI AND BOW RACK

TUITION:$85 PER ANGLER

INCLUDES THE USE OF AN ORVIS FLY ROD, REEL, AND LINE.

The purpose of Session 1 is to help develop the skills and understanding necessary for basic fly casting. There will be no fishing involved in this class. Remember, it is extremely important first to learn proper fly casting in order to become a proficient angler.

Contact us for more information and availability.

*The minimum age for participation for all sessions is 8 years old

 

SESSION 2**


BASIC FLY FISHING (LIMITED TO 6 ANGLERS)

TIME: ANYTIME | DAY: ANYDAY | SITE: SKI AND BOW RACK

TUITION: $115 PER ANGLER

INCLUDES THE USE OF AN ORVIS FLY ROD, REEL, LINE, LEADER, 3 FLIES (NYMPH, DRY, AND STREAMER) BOOTS, WADERS, AND A ONE-DAY FISHING LICENSE.

The purpose of Session 2 is to help develop the skills and understanding necessary for basic fly fishing. The session will give instruction on stream etiquette, tying knots, rigging the leader for nymph and dry-fly fishing, and basic presentation for ponds, lakes, and streams.

Contact us for more information and availability.

**In order to enroll in Session 2, the student must effectively be able to straighten out 18 to 29 feet of line with proper loop control, while maintaining proper fundamentals.

 

SESSION 3***


TECHNICAL FLY FISHING (LIMITED TO 6 ANGLERS)

TIME: ANYTIME | DAY: ANYDAY | SITE: SKI AND BOW RACK

TUITION:$100 PER ANGLER

INCLUDES THE USE OF AN ORVIS FLY ROD, REEL, LINE, WADERS, BOOTS, AND A ONE-DAY FISHING LICENSE.

The purpose of Session 3 is to help develop the skills and understanding necessary for technical fly fishing. This session will give instruction on entomology, "reading the water", wading streams and rivers, techniques for nymph, dry, and streamer fly fishing, and an understanding on how to play and release a fish.

Anglers who enroll in Session 1 and 2 on the same day will have lunch provided for them at 1:15pm. Anglers who enroll in all three sessions will be fitted with waders and boots, and begin with session 1. Also, these anglers will be able to use the fly fishing equipment until 8:30am the following day with no additional rental fees.

Unless previously specified, all fly fishing equipment will be turned into Ski and Bow Rack immediately after each session.

A friendly reminder: this is not a guided fly fishing trip. This is an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing school which instructs anglers how to fly fish.

Contact us for more information and availability.

***In order to enroll in session 3, the student must effectively be able to loop control while maintaining proper fundamentals, to roll cast to a distance of 15 feet and to be proficient in false casting.