Fly Fishing in the Southwest
Discover the joys of fly fishing as you learn to master techniques, read water and understand trout ecosystems. Fish in the famed Arkansas Headwaters and next spend three days on a drift boat on the San Juan River floating over tens of thousands of trout. You’ll also team up with local organizations to engage in conservation efforts.
"Fly Fishing in the Southwest" will expose students to the joys of fly fishing as they are challenged to master difficult techniques, read water, and understand the complex ecosystems in which they fish for trout. Along the way, we will work with several organizations to both learn about and participate in conservation efforts in the same areas that we fish. Students will first be exposed to some basic techniques with local guides at the Arkansas Tailwater beneath the Pueblo Reservoir before spending the next two days near the famed Arkansas Headwaters in Salida. During our evenings at the Mountain Campus, we will learn to tie some flies and further discuss the history of the region's rivers as well as the efforts to preserve them. The trip culminates with three days of fishing from a drift boat on the San Juan River beneath New Mexico's Navajo Dam. This experience offers students the chance to receive individual coaching while floating over tens of thousands of Brook, Rainbow, and Brown Trout during the course of a day. Once again, we will team up with local organizations to engage in conservation efforts in the San Juan River Basin. Students who sign up for this trip should expect to encounter some cold weather in our first few days and be willing to spend full days outside on the river or volunteering their time for conservation work. Although we will not be swimming, students should also be comfortable around moving water be capable of swimming and treading water.