190 Talisman Dr Suite C-6 Pagosa Springs CO 81147

Guided Trips

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! Rivers we fish are the East and West Fork of the San Juan, Wolf Creek, Turkey Creek, Upper Piedra and Williams Creek.

Buy your fishing License online

Due to the Covid-19 regulations on National Forest land all clients will need to follow our guides to the fishing location.

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. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions you may have. Not included is a Colorado Fishing License, or guide gratuity. Please obtain your license before the day of the trip. Here is a link to buy your fishing license online.  1/2 Day Trips are 4 Hours on the water and Full Day Trips are 8 hours on the water.

Specialty Guided Trips:

Czech Nymphing:

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 Trout Stalker Ranch Chama New Mexico:


This Ranch is located just south of Chama New Mexico 45 minutes south of Pagosa Springs. Experience breath taking views of the surrounding mountains and the Chama Valley while fishing for trophy trout.

Have opportunity to catch trophy Rainbows, Browns and Tiger Trout on over a mile of the Chama river and 2 trophy lakes. The smaller Chamita river offers some great small stream fishing.

Rod Fee: $125.00 not included in our guiding fee.

Snow Angel Ranch: Pagosa Springs


This is one of the best kept Stillwater secrets in Pagosa Springs. Tucked away in the mountains of the San Juan National forest, is a secluded valley originally homesteaded in the 1890’s, this is Snow Angel Ranch. The ranches 3 lakes are a perfect place for the experienced fly fisher to hone their Stillwater skills for Trophy Trout. Better yet if your looking to get your kids into Fly Fishing this is the place you want them to learn. Also on the ranch is a  fully equipped Historic Cabin that Sleeps up to 4 for $150.00 a night. Ice fishing trips are also available.

Rod Fee of $100.00 per per person is not included in the Guide fee.

 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


Ice Fishing trips:

We can tailor your trip from beginner, family style, to the advanced and avid ice fishing angler. We use the latest ice fishing gear, techniques, and knowledge to give our clients the best Ice fishing experience possible. All the tackle and warming hut is included. These trips are cold so we encourage our clients to dress warmly have a good pair of gloves, warm waterproof boots basically warm just what you would to ski!

All Ice fishing trips are for 1/2 Day 4 hrs.

The cost is:

$300.00 for one angler.

$375.00 for two anglers

$425.00 for 3 Anglers

There is a $75.00 rod fee per person for the private land fee in cash that goes directly to the land owner.

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.
  • Warm sweater or fleece jacket and waterproof rain jacket (mountain temperatures are cooler and weather can change rapidly).

    Warm socks are essential as mountain water is always cold. Non-absorbent nylon pants or polypropylene long johns, if available, are best under waders.

    Change of clothing, including socks, in case of getting wet.

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!

As with other service providers, tipping your guide 20% is customary.

Cancellation Policy:

All trips require a 50% deposit on the day of booking, cancellation must be made 7 days prior to trip if canceled after the 7 days a $50.00 cancellation will be charged.

  • 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.”

Our Guides

Jon Thomas:

I grew up in South East Louisiana “Sportsman Paradise” with a rod in my hand. No not a fly rod but a cane pole and a open face spinner. I spent most of my days playing outside, hunting and fishing on our family’s property. Our family spent every weekend fishing somewhere. It’s what we did and my oldest memories of our time together. After high school and college that is where the real adventure started. Geaux Tigers!!

I enlisted in the US Air Force and began my travels around the world. My first duty station was at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. I was hooked! Colorado had me, new rivers, snowboarding, and mountain biking and outdoor minded women. I met the love of my life there and we have two children. Our son who is 21 and our daughter who is 12. We were lucky enough to live and play in Japan and Alaska just two of the other wonderful opportunities we have shared together over our 20 years of service to this great nation. Yes the fishing is amazing in both places. After retirement from the service my wife chose Pagosa as our family home.  I am currently the Radiology Lead at the Pagosa Medical Group (Urgent Care).  I am extremely fortunate to be here and have the ability to work a few days a week.  Thank you Air Force retirement.  I spend the rest of the time fishing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and snowboarding.  I always have a rod in my truck.  I throw line 200 days a year.

Fly fishing was always just out of my reach; I did a little but could not find someone willing to invest the time to help me make the switch. I get it. Everyone’s free time is precious because of our everyday lives. Then it happened someone took the time and I haven’t looked back.

People who know me always talk about my passion for the things I enjoy in life. I am intense but I love what I love with all I have and invest myself into it. I have become addicted to all thing “FLY”. I am starting the endless journey to learn all styles of Fly fishing. Czech nymphing and tying my own flies have taken over a majority of my free time. No complaints here.  My wife likes it too; I’m more “relaxed” now.  I’m always looking for my next adventure fishing / looking for new streams and challenges.

Why guide? I never want anyone to miss the opportunity to experience that fist take on a dry or bump on a tight line rig. I have the time and passion to teach. Fly fishing has given me the chance to see the wonders of CO.  Anyone will tell you when you are fishing with a fly rig there is a lot going on and it requires total concentration. This allows you to focus on the fish and not the rest that is going on in your life. The perfect break from reality. Believe me Pagosa offers opportunities no place else does. Just drive 10 miles in any direction this is Paradise and we live and play here. I hope to see y’all  out there.

“Les a le bon ton Roulet”

“Let the good times roll”

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!

Justin Fauskee

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.

Gene Gamber

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. He is also our ice fishing guide.


John Delaney

John is a Colorado native who’s passion for fly fishing started at an early age. His grandfather taught him to tie flies at the of six and he was swinging a fly rod shortly after. Johns fishing knowledge comes from his mentors and countless hours spent fishing and exploring the rivers and lakes of Colorado. John has a true passion for fly fishing and enjoys sharing his knowledge, tips and techniques. 

John and his family live in PagosaSprings Colorado, where they are often fishing, camping, and enjoying the outdoors