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The Animas River and other local Durango area fishing reports.
Pine River Report 10/10/16
The Pine continues to fish very well heading into the fall season. The water has dropped to 177cfs and is going down a little each day. Fish are still active and eating heavily with big temperature swings throughout the day. Flies of choice have been zebra midges in black and olive sz 16-22, girdle bug sz 8-10, flashbang midge in red/white/black sz 16. This is a great time of year to target large fish on the Pine. If your interested in booking a trip on the Pine River below Vallecito Dam please contact the shop for details. Thanks and tight lines!
The Animas river has been fishing very well for quality rainbows and starting to see more action from the browns. Nymphing and streamers have been most productive. The fish are still sitting close to fast water and are feeding very actively. The flies of choice have been smaller caddis, mayfly and midge patterns such as pheasant tails sz 16-20, hares ears sz 16-20, red and chartreuse copper johns sz 14-20, beer beatis sz 16-18, Rs2's in gray, olive, black sz 18-22. Streamers like the black and yellow home invader, olive sculpin patterns, tan crawfish and the tequeely. Get out and enjoy some of the best fishing of the year.
All these are on the Animas in the gold metal water!!
The colder weather we have been seeing around Durango has really kicked the fish in the Animas into feed mode. Both nymphing and streamer fishing faster runs has been productive. There still has been an occasional fish on the bank looking for hoppers to drop in as well, so keep an eye out for those guys. The water is low and really clear so being stealthy is key for the big boys. The water temperatures are dropping into prime levels right now, get it while the getting is good. Flies of choice have been Hares Ear sz 16, Pheasant Tail sz 18 and a Black Circus Peanut.
May - The Pine river is prime at the moment with flows around 400 cfs. The fish are eating consistent throughout the day on caddis larva, mayflies, and stoneflies. Patterns like the Pat's rubber leg, Hares Ear, Sow bug, Zebra Midges and Sculpins are catching fish. If your looking to get on the Pine for a great day, contact the shop for details about our private water options. Tight lines!
March - The river is looking great at the moment with clearing visibility and a stable cfs of 400. With the cooler temps in the high country we are seeing the clarity improve and so has fishing. Nymphing has been producing the most fish with patterns like caddis larvas, hares ears, stonefly larva, baetis nymphs. The larger fish are being caught with leeches and streamers like Mayer's mini leech, sparkle sculpins, circus peanuts and meat whistles.
January - The Animas was very productive the past few days with warmer weather and overcast conditions. Nymphing was most successful although I think casting some streamers would have moved a few fish. Hares Ear, Sawyer Pheasant Tails, and Caddis larvas were the flies getting the most action. The fish are fairly spunky considering it's the middle of January. Nonetheless, the incremental winter weather effects the angler more than it does the fish. If you hit the water prepared for the elements you can have some very rewarding days!
December - Pine River Report. The river is very low and skinny at the moment with 60 cfs. The fish are mostly sitting in slow deep water but don't overlook the head of the run where it's a bit more riffled. Fishing was really good for about 3-4 hrs. starting around noonish. Most productive pattern of us was the gold ribbed hares ear sz. 16. We had some eats on a few midge larva's and emergers as well. The weather was clear and sunny but still chilly with temps in the 40's. Southwest Colorado offers great winter fishing opportunities so take advantage. Cheers and tight lines!
For previous local river reports go to our Archive of local water reports.
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