animas river fishing reports
san juan river fishing reports
The Animas River and other local Durango area fishing reports.
25th May - (Brian) The Pine is continuing to fish well with multiple shots at catching a trophy fish. Fished today with fellow US Fly Fishing Team member Randy Hanner and his wife Jamie. Jamie landed the big one today catching a large Brown Trout on a Czech Caddis.
Flies: Hare's ear and Copper John, Czech Caddis
24th May - (Brian) We floated the upper San Juan south of Pagosa Springs today and had a great day. We are offering this trip for the next couple of weeks while the water is high enough.
Even caught a 13lb Carp on a five inch streamer! We caught mostly Rainbows which fought as though they've never been caught before. 16 inch fish fought like a 24 inch fish.
Flies: Prince, Frenchie, bunny leeches
24th May - (Orion) We've been out the last two days fishing for Pike. First day solo on my pontoon boat then yesterday with Ben Hahn. We fished Puett Reservoir. Compared to Vicento reservoir this place is a pike factory with deeps from 15ft. to 3ft. and tree's and brush sitting in water it's Pike Heaven! The pic attached is the biggest one from 4hrs of fishing. Ben at one point went 5fish for 5casts! The water color is a little tough at the moment but once it clears up a little this is going to be Pike Magic!!!!
17th May - (Brian) River is running clear and big. Fishing was good throughout the day.
Fly: Micro Mayfly
17th May - (Brian) Animas River Float 5-13-13
Not as many fish caught today but the fish that were caught were nice fish. Water is starting to get bigger and more off colored as day went by. Big streamer fishing was the best way to fish, dark and bright colors were the key.
Fly: Sex dungeon
Animas River Float 5-10-13
Good streamer fishing with dark colored flies. Fish the banks and move flies slow through the deep pockets.
Olive and Black circus peanut
15th May - (Orion) Vallecitio Res.: It's just the begining of the Pike Season!!! We sight cast at a couple fish we saw crusing. I hooked up on a monstar for a min. The Strip Set is a huge part of hooking these fish cause of the bone and teeth in their mouth. I got a 2 1/2 pound smallie and a 18inch. rainbow and robbie got a hammer-handle pike. Not a bad day for the first trip of the season and it's only going to get better!!!
8th May - (Brian) First float of the year on the Animas River today and it was great! Not many fish but the fish we caught were nice ones. The clarity of the river was decent but dark or bright streamers worked the best. A nice trico and baetis mayfly hatch came off around two o'clock but only saw a couple fish rising. As water clears fishing should be even better.
Flies: Circus Peanut, Tequeely, sex dungeon and red worm
6th May - (Orion) Fished the Animas today at 1,400 cfs in coffee colored water. The fish are still eating streamers! See the video.
5th May - (Brad) We fished Navajo Lake on Sunday. The smallmouth are starting to move. It should be great really soon.
29th April - (Brad) This past Friday the flows in the Pine were about 45 cfs. with low clear water. The river fished really well for most of the day. Stuck a few fish on a black Sculpzilla, but most fish were eating a red Pig Sticker fished on a dry-dropper rig.
29th April - The warm weather has started low level run-off so now the Animas is unfishable. Wait for a cool change.
24th April - (Brian) The Pine. Incredible day today on the Pine River. My best ever big fish day. Dam control released flows today and we were there at the right time. The water turned off-color and we switched from technical 6X small midge and baetis dry dropper to 4X "meat" nymph rig. The Rainbow measured 27" and I'd bet close to ten pounds. The Brown was a little longer but not as hefty.
pats rubber leg
21st April - (Nick) Fishing was great on the Animua this morning. It was fishing as it should with big rainbows eating big caddis larva in heavy water. Don't be afraid to fish the faster water. The best technique for us this morning was fishing a super short indicator rig with a couple of AB split shots fished on the bottom and getting very close to snags and structure. Make sure you are running at least a 3x rig. It is going to be important when you gotta put the breaks on something big heading for a boulder!
20th April - (Orion) The fish are still eating steamers!!! Bright colors still seem to be to getting the most hits. The fish are beginning to move about now so fish all water if it looks good and see what happens! There are a lot of hoppers on the banks of the river now. As soon as the fish start keying in on them on a windy day, it's going to be dry fly time. So keep an eye out.
17th April - (Nick and Cole) A nasty sand storm has been in the area the past few days and its making fishing tough with the 50 mph winds. But nonetheless we still got out and landed a few nices browns on streamers. Tequelly's and rainbow trout patterns have produced along with sculpin patterns. The goal is to put as much life and action into the retreive as possible. The river is looking good and hasn't really started runoff yet. This time last year the river was already above 1000 cfs. This is good news with a decent snow pack and more snow in the forecast this week for the high country.
14th April - (Cole) Last night on a streamer - the Black delektable. It weighed just on 5 pounds. Also caught a nice 15 inch Rainbow on a #14 soft hackle hares ear. It was beautiful day and the water is looking amazing at the moment. So come out and enjoy the spring conditions.
13th April - (Nick) The Animas has been fishing well for big fish lately. Not big numbers at the moment but one or two big fish a day are eating streamers. I found the best results fishing two heavy streamers, or one small sculpin with a bullet weight or sink tip. Tequeelys, and small zuddler minnows, and zoo cougars are producing the big boys at the moment.
10th April - (Orion) We have been fishing mostly streamers over the last 4 days. The river went from a green tint to a brown color yesterday. We found fish in the slow deep water. We were fishing bright colored streamers - yellows and bright green. As the water is up I have been throwing a sink tip line 250grain streamer line to get my flies deeper as well.
8th April - (Nick) The Animas has been tough lately, but there are a few ways to find fish. At the moment swinging small sculpin patterns slowly in deep holes is producing a few fish. and when nymphing think san juan worms and prince nymphs. Get those bugs down to the bottom of the deep tailouts!
3rd April - (Nick and Orion) Fishing on the animas was slow and tough with the fish sitting deep at the moment in slower chop. Be prepared to load up with split shot before you hit the water! No need to wake up early, best fishing for us was after 1 pm! Also best flies were a purple 20 incher sz. 14 with a sz 18 red brassie. Even though the fishing was slow it was a great day to get out and enjoy a day of solitude on the water.
28th March - (Mike) I netted this nice male brown on a #14 buckskin. #14-#16 pheasant tail patterns and smaller streamers also seem to be getting some attention. While I had better luck in slower, deeper water, I saw lots of large rainbows schooled up in the shallow riffles.
12th March - (Mike) Fishing the Animas recently and caught some nice rainbows. I've attached pics of a couple. Caught four nice fish, all in the 18-20 in. range. Three took a #18 oops, and one took a #14 buckskin, nymphing using two #6 splitshot, fishing mostly slower, deeper pockets.
11th March - (Nick) - Animas is fishing great right now, with bigger fish still sitting in heavy deep water. Getting your nymphs down to the bottom is very important right now, start with at least 2 big splits to get in the zone! Flies to use: Oops 16-18, Chartruse Copper Johns 14-18, Rainbow Warriors 16-20, and Brown Buckskin Worms 6-12. Also baetis are just around the corner so start throwing those smaller pheasant tails in Tailouts and and shallow riffles!
3rd March - (Cole) Fishing on the Animas is fantastic at the moment. The temperatures were in the 50's and it was overcast most of the day. Fish and bug activity are starting to pick up for the spring. I was fishing with a few caddis nymphs; a larva #14, olive gold bead sz. 18. and chartreuse copper john with rubber legs sz. 16. The fish were eating aggressively in deeper slower water in most cases. It was one of the better days as of late. Spring conditions are excellent so get out and enjoy the river.
21st February - (Brian) Fishing good with the river running at 176cfs.
Find deep pocket water that isn't moving too fast. Fish are grouped together in pods, once you find one keep fishing that spot there will surely be another fish or two in the same water.
Midge and baetis are hatching so fish small pheasant tails and midge larva.
20th February - (Nick) Cindy and Toni went fishing with Nick on the Animas on Feb 19, 2013. They had a great day with lots of action on the river just before the storm moved in. We spent the day in the Gold Medal Water section of the Animas. The action was great in the afternoon concentrating on the slower and deeper sections of river. Fly's of choice were the Buckskin sz, 14-16, the Oops sz 14-18 and also had a large fish straighten the hook on a cream RS2. Overall, it was a very exciting day with some quality fish hooked. Fishing should continue to heat up until the major runoffs occurs. The snowpack is also increasing which is now about 90-95 percent of average. This a great news for the southwest looking ahead to the summer months. Come out and enjoy these conditions!!
10th February - (Brian and Nick) Afternoon fishing on the Animas is excellent! The fish are sitting close to structure in buckets, under fairly heavy water. The trick is to get those flies down to the fish by adding weight until your ticking the bottom of the river with your split shots. Flies: Pheasant Tails, Red Midge, Frenchies and Big Macs. Come enjoy the great winter fishing right in town! The water quality is excellent as noted in these photos.
3rd February - (Cole) The fishing on the Animas is picking up with the warmer weather and precipitation! Fish slow deep tailouts this time of year, and get your flies down. Recent best; are San juan worms, and big macs. This is a great time of year to be out and get some solitude on the water!
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