Fishing


"Fishing? Wait, aren't you guys a Ski Shop?"


Yeah, we know. "Ski and Bow Rack" doesn't exactly sound like the full service fly shop that it is. But don't panic. Name or not, we've got you covered for all your fishing needs in the beautiful San Juan Mountains.

Certainly, there's a whole lot of fishable water here. So where do you start? Ha. At the Ski and Bow Rack, of course!

We've got up-to-date fishing reports color-coded to the fly bins for a quick, at-a-glance pickup of the flies hatching in the area. And if you want to spend some time talking with our friendly, helpful guides, they'll happily talk your ear off about where to fish, what to use, and the latest and greatest gear we have in the shop.

Not a fly-fisherman? Got your back, too. Our selection of spinning rods, reels, and lures for trout are second to none in the area--and we know just how to target trout throughout the year.

Perhaps you've found that trout, while they're nice and all, aren't really your cup of southern sweet tea and it's time to get back to a baitcaster, slopping frogs over the weeds for Largemouth, don't scramble back home just yet. We have some of the best Largemouth and Smallmouth fishing in Colorado right out our back doors and we have the equipment to get you on them. From St. Croix casting rods, and Shimano and Lew's baitcasting reels, to crankbaits, spooks, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, swimbaits, hair jigs, and a whole host of plastic baits, our bass offerings are like nothing else around.

And if you happen to hail from the midwest and feel like ice-fishing in NICE weather, get ready to have an experience on the ice like never before, but stop in to get the latest 13 Fishing, ice combos, jig heads, and finesse plastics first. Then go fish in a t-shirt. You'd never know you could ice fish without an expensive shelter so comfortably.

What this all really boils down to is that if you like to fish (doesn't really matter how--unless you're of the dynamite camp), don't you dare drive by without stopping (imagine your grandfather wagging his finger at you when we say that; it'll help).

Want to know what we carry?

Alright. You asked.

13 Fishing, Anglers Accessories, Beaulah Rods, Berkley, Black's Flies, Blue Fox, Bosstin, Daiwa, Echo, Gamakatsu, Heddon, Kastmaster, Lew's, Loon, Luhr Jensen, Orvis, P-Line, Pacific Fly, Panther Martin, Power Pro, R.L.Winston Rods, Rapala, Rebel, Rooster Tail, Ross Reels USA, Scientific Anglers, Seaguar, Shakespeare, Shimano, SIMMS, Solitude Fly, St. CrioxThe MEASURE NET, Trout Hunter, WilletteWorks, Z-Ray, Zebco, Zoom and many others.


Stay up to date on all the local fishing activity by coming into the shop or calling us at 970-264-2370.


 

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

 




"Oh Snap! I forgot my rod!"

Really, there's never been a better time to upgrade then, eh?
But there's always the case where you have fly back and don't feel like checking a rod for the flight, and yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.
We do have some rental gear available if you just want to chase some fish for a day on a budget. Now you can breathe easier, right?

  • Conventional Rod and Reel (Open or Closed Face) 24 hours - $9
  • Ice Fishing Packages 24 hour Rentals- $45 & $95

 

"And if I need a little guidance...or a lot? What's the deal with your Guided Trips?"

So here's the skinny: give us a call to book your trip. Sometimes we can make walk-in's happen, but most of the time we look at the schedule, give a shrug and a sigh, and say, "Sorry, we're booked." The sooner the better, as our guided trips fill up quickly, especially during the summer.

And if you've never fly-fished a day in your life, but have always wanted to try, a guided trip may be just the thing for you. Our guides are excellent instructors (very patient) and will help you develop healthy casting habits, train you to read the water, tie on flies, the works, basically, and mold you into a confident, independent angler.

But perhaps you're a seasoned veteran. Take a guided trip to get the low-down on how to fish the area, then spend the rest of the week slamming fish instead of trying to figure it out on your own. Besides, there's always some little trick-o-the-trade you can learn to make life easier later.

Rates: Please Call (970)264-2370 or email for details

Full-Day Private Wade Trips:
1 person: $400
2 person: $475
3 person: $575
(Additional $25 rod fee per person at select locations)

Full-Day Public Wade Trips:
1 person: $350
2 person: $400
3 person: $500


Half-Day Private Wade Trips:
1 person: $300
2 person: $375
3 person: $475
(Additional $25 rod fee per person at select locations)

Half-Day Public Wade Trips:

1 person: $250
2 person: $300
3 person: $400

Full-Day Float - San Juan River, CO:
Max 2 people per boat: $500

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 out of 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
Additional Rod Fees: N/A Full Day Only

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
Additional Rod Fees: $25 Full Day Only

Public Waters:

San Juan National Forest

Ski & Bow Rack is permitted to guide some of the best public waters in the San Juan National Forest, including Williams Creek, the Piedra River, Weminuche Creek, the East Fork of the San Juan River, Turkey Creek, and many others. The National Forest boasts a wide variety of fishing opportunities, from small creeks brimming with eager 6-14" wild trout, to larger streams home to trophy fish over 20". Clients who fish these waters have a good chance of catching the "Colorado Grand Slam" - rainbow, brook, brown, and cutthroat trout in a single day. Many of these fisheries are easily accessible by vehicle, but there are also some excellent options for single-day hike-in fishing trips for those who would like to venture a little further into the backcountry.

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)


*Ski and Bow Rack guides provide only the best fishing equipment from Korkers, R.L. Winston, Ross Reels, Simms, Orvis, & Scientific Anglers.

* Ski & Bow Rack is an equal opportunity employer and service provider operating under special use permit on the San Juan National Forest.

 

 

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.