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This is an Archive of Fishing reports from the Animas River and other local Durango waters.

We have a separate archive for the San Juan Reports.

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February 17th - Fishing is good provided you take the time to find the fish.  They are schooling together in slow moving deep pools and troughs.  Several very large brown trout have been caught nymphing.

Flies:
Nymphs:Caddis larve, czech nymphs, small baetis and midges
Dries: small parachute adams and griffiths gnat
Streamers: olive and white bunny fur weighted streamers.

February 13th - The Animas fished well today and streamers seem to be the way to go. The fish are podded up in the deep holes and not willing to move far for food so these pools need to be fished thoroughly to induce strikes. There were a good number of midges coming off around noon and a riser here and there so that's something to keep in mind as well.

February 9th - Jerome and Brian report that the fishing is excellent! The current flow is 279cfs. The recent snow melt has reduced the clarity a little but this is a good thing.  Fish are moving well to eggs followed by a smaller nymph dropper. Generally try princes, pheasant tails, and copper john's.  Big fish are running down streamers.  Big Uglys!  Ch zuddlers, circus peanuts, large buggers.

November 24th - [Jerome] The fishing on the Animas has been good with fish taking midgesd and a few straggling caddis larvae.

November 14th - Kokanee have been coming up the Florida River. We have two miles of private access on this stretch.
Fishing was excellent yesterday for Kokanee and trout feeding behind the salmon. The Salmon are a decent size this year. They vary in size year to year but this year we've found some that are over eighteen inches. We've caught several large Brown trout that feed downstream of the salmon. Most of the fish were caught using egg imitations and pheasant tail variations but we can also produce a "attack" strike using larger streamers.

October 15th - Electra lake is Hot!  Fish are aggressively eating bugs.  Best patterns are streamers in particular black and green rubber legged buggers.  Eggs and leeches dead drifting also produced some great eats.  Electra is seasonal so opportunities at these large active fish is limited. 

Pine River -  Flows are under a 100cfs this provides a great opportunity to get flies to the large wild fish. 

September 27th - Pine:  Fishing very well on purple psycho prince #16, various small baetis patterns, including #20 black phesant tail nymphs & #20 olive BLM nymphs.  Flows are very good for wading at this time of year (390cfs).

East Fork of Hermosa Creek:  There are still some hoppers about but the advice is to use smaller standards and beetle patterns.

Recommended:
#16 green bottle humpy
#14 purple haze.

Animas:  After the rains have subsided everything is now clear and there are good flows making for great fishing.  At the moment the best results have been on streamers as we move into autumn and the big browns begin to change colors in anticipation of the spawn.  Steven reported taking a 16" brown on a mouse pattern a few evenings ago.

September 18th - [Brian] We fished lower florida and had an excellent day on the Private section. We recorded a grand slam with all 4 species being landed.

It was a great dry fly day with the fishing feeding all day long. After the period of wet weather has passed the fish are enjoying the clear conditions.

By the end of the day we were streamer fishing and that proved particularly successful as well.

Recommended flies:
Cdc Ant - Black
Mini weighted bunny leach

September 15th - [Jerome] The Pine is fishing very well with big healthy fish feeding strongly.  Long and deep nymph rigs are required in order to fool these wild fish.  I recommend longer rods to help move around these heavy rigs. 

Recommended Flies:
BTB RL Hare’s ears #14-16
BTB RL Flashback Pheasant Tails #14-16,
Green GTB RL Copper J’s Sz 14-18,
GB Angel Case Emerger PMD/BWO Sz 16,
Trigger Nymph GB BWO Sz 20. 

Random fish are looking up to late afternoon BWO and Caddis hatches however nymph rigs have been producing the best. 

September 11th - East Fork Hermosa, Lime Creek, and Cascade Creek are all fishing very well using dries.  Elk Hair Caddis in Tan size 16-18,  Stimulators in royal, red and orange size 14-16,  PMX in red and royal size 14-16,  Para Adams in 14-16. 

Stay up high on Hermosa the lower river fish have been removed for the reintroduction of cut-throats.  The meadow is fishing well but the fish are spooky.  On lime and cascade move away from the parking areas they get hit hard.  If you’re willing to move around you may be surprised the quality of fish that come out of such a small watershed.   

September 4th - Good fishing on lime creek all day long. Good flows, nice size fish (6-13") cutthroats, brooks and rainbows all on dry flies. Fish were in deeper pockets and pools.

Recommended patterns include-
Small hoppers #12
Ant patterns #14-16

August 30th - The Animas River (340 cfs):  We have experienced another mud slide on the Animas about 10 miles downstream of Silverton, which has made the river through Durango very off color in recent days.  Flows from the recent rains have increased the flow slightly from last week and the water is starting to clear but will be off color for a few more days, at least. 

Streamers are still your better option, with darker colors (black & purple) being better choices in the stained water. 

Try sculpzillas and bunny leeches.

Hermosa Creek, Lime Creek, Cascade Creek continue to fish very well using dry flies.  The hopper fishing very good right now and most of the hoppers we are seeing are in the size 10-14 range in both tan and yellow. 

Recommended patterns include-
#14-18 Royal Wulff,
#16-20 Parachute Adams,
#12-14 Crystal Stimulator,
#10-12 Head Turn Hoppers and
#12 Fat Albert Tan

Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir (60 cfs):  PMD, midges, some caddis and hoppers continue to do well.  The flows remain low and the fish are becoming even more spooky on sunny days, especially when fishing dry flies. 

Recommended Flies:
#18-20 Baetis patterns,
#12-14 Caddis,
#10-12 hoppers in tan and yellow as well as dry dropper patterns such as Parachute Adams dropping to a BH Wire Caddis or Flashback Pheasant Tails.

August 29th - Upper Florida River private two mile section. Fished very well but all fish were wild fish and very spooky.

Flies: Corn fed caddis, cdc caddis

August 27th - Upper Florida River private two mile section.
Fishing was a lot of fun, we were able to fish big dry flies all day long.  The fish were generally located in feeding lanes in above a foot of water. Most fish were smaller size 6-8 inches but managed to catch several fish in the 12-14 inch range.

Flies: Royal Wulff and H & L Variant

August 23rd - The Animas River (270 cfs):  Flows continue to drop and recent monsoonal patterns have turned the river from clear to muddy to clear again over very short periods.  The better fishing for larger fish continues to be on streamer patterns, with the stockies eating any of a number dry flies and nymphs.  

Recommended patterns:
#2 or 4 Muddy buddies
#CH Zuddlers (black and olive),
#16-18 Elk Hair Caddis (peacock and olive),
#16-20 BH Pheasant Tail’s
#16-20 BH princes
#14-16 Caddis Emergers.
  
Hermosa Creek, Lime Creek, Cascade Creek are fishing very well using dry flies.  The hopper fishing very good right now and most of the hoppers we are seeing are in the size 10-14 range in both tan and yellow.  

Recommended patterns:
#14-18 Royal Wulff
#16-20 Parachute Adams
#12-14 Crystal Stimulator
#10-12 Head Turn Hoppers
#12 Fat Albert Tan. 

Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir (60 cfs):  PMD, midges, some caddis and hoppers continue to do well.  The flows remain low and the fish are becoming even more spooky on sunny days, especially when fishing dry flies. 

Recommended Flies:
#18-20 Baetis patterns
#12-14 Caddis
#10-12 hoppers in tan and yellow
Parachute Adams with droppers:
BH Wire Caddis
Flashback Pheasant Tails.


August 18th - [Brian] Pine river. Fishing was good yesterday with action throughout the day. There were good hatches of large caddis, midge and pmds all day.

The fish were mostly deep with a few sporadic rises here and there.

The best flies were:
frenchie #14
Czech caddis with orange collar,
standard pheasant tails
mercers micro mayfly.

August 15th - [Jerome] Conditions on the Animas River (340 cfs) are fair to good:  Similar to last week with clear water conditions and steadily dropping flows.  Large fish are still moving well to streamers on overcast days and smaller fish are responding well to traditional nymphs and dries near the edges.

Recommended patterns:
#2 - 4 Muddy buddies black and white
CH Zuddlers (black and olive)
#16-18 Elk Hair Caddis (peacock and olive),
#16-20 bead head Pheasant Tails
#16-20 bead head princes,
#14-16 Caddis Emergers.
  
Hermosa Creek, Lime Creek, Cascade Creek are all fishing very well using dry flies.  The hopper fishing very good right now and most of the hoppers we are seeing are in the size 10-14 range in both tan and yellow. 

Recommended patterns:
#14-18 Royal Wulff
#16-20 Parachute Adams
#12-14 Crystal Stimulator
#10-12 Head Turning Hoppers
#12 Fat Albert Tan. 

Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir (60 cfs) continues to fish well:  PMD, midges, some caddis and hoppers continue to do well.  The flows have dropped again and the fish are becoming a little more spooking on sunny days  Try using 18-20 Baetis patterns, 12-14 Caddis, 10-12 hoppers in tan and yellow as well as dry dropper patterns such as Parachute Adams dropping to a BH Wire Caddis or Flashback PTs

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Sean - taken on the animas on a black peanut circus.


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