Pagosa Springs Finest Guides:
Our Guide Trips:
Let us create a priceless and memorable trip for you and your family! Our guided fly fishing trips are designed to accommodate all skill levels from very beginners to the most experienced anglers. Throughout the entire experience it is our goal to provide our guests with the best knowledge and skills and to ensure a great time on the water! Give us a call to book your guide trip as they do book fast!
Buy your fishing License online https://www.cpwshop.com/purchaseprivilege.page
Guided Trip Prices:
1/2 Day Trips: Full Day Trips:
1 Person $300.00 1 Person $400.00
2 Person $375.00 2 Person $450.00
3 Person $425.00 3 Person $600.00
2 Hour : Introductory to Fly Fishing. All equipment included. You will be learning everything you need to get out on the water.
1 Person $150.00
2 Person $200.00
3 Person $250.00
All Full day trips include Lunch, Flies, Terminal Tackle. Rods, Reels and Wading Gear if needed. 1/2 Day trips include all of the above except lunch but drinks and snacks will be provided. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have. Not included is a Colorado Fishing License, the cost is $16.75 per day or guide gratuity. Please obtain your license before the day of the trip. Here is a link to buy your fishing license online. https://www.cpwshop.com/purchaseprivilege.page. 1/2 Day Trips are 4 Hours on the water and Full Day Trips are 8 hours on the water.
Specialty Guided Trips:
This trip includes all equipment needed to learn the art of Czech Nymphing. Learn Leader set up, Rods, Flies, Reading the water. Limited to 1 person per trip. Lunch is included on full days, 1/2 day includes drinks and snacks.
1/2 Day $350.00 – Full day $450.00
The Chama River In New Mexico:
Fishing License Cost $ 22.00 Which can be bought online. If choosing this trip please purchase your license the day before the trip! Full Day Only.
1 Anger $395.00
2 Anglers $450.00
3 Anglers $600.00
The following is a list of strongly recommended items for your safety and comfort.
- Sunscreen for high-altitude protection,Hat with visor,Polarized sunglasses for eye protection and to permit superior vision on the water.
About your guide. Our guides are personable, experienced and knowledgeable about fly fishing, the outdoors and the areas in and around Pagosa Springs. They are all certified in First Aid and CPR. Should you have any questions, or particular desires for your day, please ask your guide when they give you a call to go over the day with you. They will go the extra mile to make your day a memorable one!
- Colorado Outfitters Lic#3127
- San Juan National Forest Permit # PAG718
- We are an Equal Opportunity Provider in accordance with Federal Law and is operating under special use permit with the San Juan National Forest.”
My name is Neil Gleason, I’m 30 years old and I’m from Northwest Arkansas. I grew up hunting and fishing in the Ozark and Ouachita mountains. My dad and some friends bought a hunting cabin near Pagosa Springs in 1994 when I was 6 and we’ve been coming on hunting and fishing trips every year since then. Growing up I fished mainly for large and small mouth bass on rivers and lakes around home. My dad introduced me to fly fishing around the age of 16 and since then my passion for it has really grown. In my early 20s, if I had the gas money you probably find me on the tail waters of the white river.
After high school I joined the Army and served four years including a tour in Iraq. When my contract ended I moved to Oregon and worked as a firefighter for the Zigzag Hotshots for two years. In Oregon, I spent most of my time off on the Salmon, Sandy and Deschutes rivers. I moved to Pagosa in 2016 and became an elk and turkey hunting guide. I had always wanted to guide fly fishing trip‘s and in the spring of 2018 Dave hired me, and I’m looking forward to the years to come with Williams Creek Angler!
Terry E. Arrington
I grew up in Southern New Mexico and like most of us started fishing with my Dad using worms under a bobber. My obsession with fly-fishing started during college, when my brother-in-law introduced me to the long rod on trips to the White Mountains of Arizona.
While living in Texas, I honed my fly-fishing skills chasing warm water species, especially during the spring white bass runs, and got my trout fix with trips to the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country and the Blue River and Lower Mountain Fork of Oklahoma. Vacations and summers were spent in the Rocky Mountains chasing as many trout as possible. While I have fished most of the major rivers in the West, I enjoy the solitude of a back country small stream and beauty of a high alpine lake most of all. One of the top reasons for choosing the Pagosa Springs area was the proximity to so many streams and lakes, not only in Colorado but also New Mexico, Utah and Arizona …so much water and not enough time!!
A CPA by trade, my wife and I moved to Pagosa Springs in May of 2016 and I started guiding shortly afterward. I love sharing my passion of fly fishing especially with those who are new to the activity.
My wife Susan, who shares my love of the sport, and I are actively involved with Running Rivers, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado whose mission is to facilitate the connection of people with healthy freshwater ecosystems through novel recreational events, educational activities and on the ground projects. The organization’s flagship event is the Flyathlon…a multi-sport event that integrates three activities that are currently surging in popularity in the Western US …trail running, fly-fishing and craft beer (RUN.FISH. BEER). The events have raised over $100,000 with funds being used for restoration projects for native trout waters. Susan and I are also members of the Upper San Juan Search and Rescue organization.
We have two children, a son and daughter-in-law who reside in South Carolina with our two grandchildren, and a daughter and son-in-law who live in Oregon. While we wish they were closer at times, their adventurous spirits have led us to explore areas that we would not have done otherwise, such as backpack trips in the Pisgah National Forest and float trips down the Deschutes River where I landed my first ever Bull Trout!
Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up fishing the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” For as long as I can remember, I loved the experience of fishing- being outdoors, preserving the habitat, respecting the fish, the excitement between fishing buddies when you reel one in. I was HOOKED.
Mountain living has always been an attractive lifestyle so I moved to a small mountain town in Southern New Mexico where my mom lived to give it a shot. I met my wife there who was a local. With the help of her, friends and family, I learned to love and understand the mountains. I caught my first Rainbow Trout on a fly rod and fell in love with everything about it.
The love of snow, the love of wilderness and the love of fly-fishing drew us to a more resourceful state, Colorado. Steamboat Springs was our first landing where I learned the intensity of the environment and the climate. After a while, we craved a slower pace, discovered Pagosa Springs and as soon as we could, made the move.
It didn’t take long to fall deeply in love with the area, the rivers, the mountains, the wilderness and the people. I couldn’t believe it when I was presented with the opportunity to work with Williams Creek Angler where I could share my passion for the outdoors, fly-fishing and the beauty of this area.
As a youngster, Gene spent the majority of his free time roaming the lakes and woods of southern Michigan, fishing and hunting with his father. He moved to Colorado in 1979 and landed in Breckenridge in the spring of 1980. For more than 30 years, Gene worked in the Adaptive Ski Program of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; the last 20 years as the Program Director. In 2013 he was inducted into the Disabled Skiing Hall of Fame for his many years of work with people with disabilities and special needs. He now occupies a considerable amount of his time guiding and fishing. Guiding fulfills his love of teaching and getting people outdoors. He has been a professional fly-fishing guide for more than 13 years. You can usually find him exploring the streams of the Upper Piedra River valley with his fishing buddy Josie, a small black Lab. His wife Lisa will occasionally get out of bed in time to join the two of them, although she prefers the evening bite! For Gene, introducing folks to a sport that leads one to some of the most beautiful places on earth is the best aspect of guiding.