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"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. We always do our best to make walk-ins happen, but the sooner you call us, the better. Our guided trips fill up quickly, especially during the summer.

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 knots -- 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.

Basically, we've got something for everyone. Beginner or pro? We love 'em both. Feel like float fishing a Gold Medal river? We've got you covered. How about a private water trip chasing trophy fish? Yep, got that, too... Then again, maybe you're more a type-two-fun kind of person, the kind who comes alive during those dawn-till-dusk adventures filled with scraped knees, huffing and puffing, and backcountry trout that have probably never seen a fly in their lives. Does that sound like you? Well, now you're really speaking our language.

Waters We Guide

Private Water

Ski & Bow Rack partners with local landowners to provide some of the finest fishing opportunities in southwest Colorado. We currently lease more than five miles of private water on the upper San Juan River; this stretch of river features a variety of both natural and man-made structure, providing discerning anglers with opportunities to catch trophy rainbows, browns, and cutthroats from spring through fall. We also lease several private ponds that are perfect for beginners and avid stillwater junkies alike. These ponds are ice-free usually from late March through late November, and provide ample opportunities for catching bows, browns, and brookies in the 20-24" range. Give us a call if you are interested in booking a private water trip. These locations fill up fast!

Rio Grande River, CO

Interested in the float of a lifetime? Ski & Bow Rack is one of the few outfitters permitted to guide the 39-mile stretch of the Rio Grande beginning at Upper Coller SWA . This river boasts the coveted Gold Medal designation, the highest designation for quality trout fishing available in the state of Colorado. The Rio is famous for its voracious trophy brown trout, but it is also home to good numbers of 16"-plus rainbows.

San Juan National Forest

Ski & Bow Rack is permitted to guide some of the best public waters in the San Juan National Forest, the largest national forest in Colorado. This area 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 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 the more adventure-minded anglers who would like to get a little farther into the backcountry.

San Juan River, Pagosa Springs, CO
The San Juan River in downtown Pagosa Springs consists of 2 miles of public water with lots of habitat restoration work and 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. A few 10-15lb. fish are caught each year in the downtown stretch. While this river sees more pressure during the summer months than most other waters in the area, it can still be an excellent option for anglers with limited mobility or those who are short on time. Plus, it is one of the few rivers in the area that is fishable year-round! 



Full-Day Private Wade Trips:
1 person: $400
2 person: $500
3 person: $600

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

Half-Day Private Wade Trips:
1 person: $325
2 person: $425
3 person: $525

Half-Day Public Wade Trips:
1 person: $250
2 person: $300
3 person: $400

Float Trips - Rio Grande River (1 or 2 ppl):
Half Day: $450
Full Day: $600
*Full-Day Guided Trips include lunch, drinks, and the use of all fishing equipment.
Half-Days do not include lunches.

*Guided Trip Prices do not include fishing licenses or guide gratuities.

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

* Ski & Bow Rack is an equal opportunity employer and service provider operating under special use permits from the San Juan National Forest and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

Ready to book? Have a few more questions?
Please Call us at (970)-264-2370 or email us for details!