animas river fishing reports
san juan river fishing reports
The Animas River and other local Durango area fishing reports.
1 January - (Nick) The Animas fished well! We landed two fish, but hooked a couple of big fish on beads and buckskins! All the big fish we hooked were chillin in tail outs and deep slow seam lines!! Not too much more than one big split shot needed at the moment. Find a deep hole with no silt in front of it and work it hard!
20th December - (Nick) Animas is still fishing very well! The cold weather has got the fish moving around, even some really nice rainbows! Fish were sitting really deep in slow seam lines next to boulders and ice ledges, make sure that you got plenty of split shot on to get down to these guys! Best flies were big Crayfish patterns dead drifted/twitched under an indicator, with eggs, two bit hookers, and wooly buggers all catching fish!
5th December - (Cole) Well the snow was flying and the temps were just above freezing but was super happy with the outcome! Fish the deep slow water in pools,
along rocks and the tail outs of runs! Small flies seem to be the best. A size 20 gold bead Franks Flashy landed this fella. Also had some action on baetis patterns and also eggs. Stop by the shop and grab any supplies you may need for the river.
1st December - (Nick) The animas has been fishing well in the afternoons and slow in the mornings! The most productive rigs have been streamers, either white, brown, or yellow colors are working! The nymph fishing has been productive as well in deep holes with woolly buggers with an egg or little midge dropped behind it!
9th November - (Nick) The fishing today was pretty steady on the Animas with decent numbers and a few nice fish in the mix. The only rig that caught all fish was a double wooly bugger rig both of which were dead drifted under an indicator with lots of split shot fishing the deepest holes we could find.
15th October - (Nick) The animas is fishing well right now for nice rainbows and the occasional look from a big brown. Its getting ready to turn the corner any moment now and the big browns will be eating streamers! In the meantime keep throwing those streamers because it could be any day! Tequeelys, sex dungeons and organ donors are great streamers this time of year! For your nymph fishing size 18 pheasant tails, girdle bugs, and buckskins have all been working!
6th October - (Cole) The Animas is starting to heat up!! We floated the lower section and moved some good sized fish including this nice brown. An articulated Gallops Dungeon was the streamer of choice. The water is dropping and clearing everyday. A cold front is coming and could help to turn the big fish on!! Get out there for the fall bite!
3rd October - (Orion) The Animas is fishable again. The key to success is deep and slow it seems. Nymphing is better than the streamer bite for some reason. Size
4 Jimmy legs in orange with a smaller nymph off the back seems to be doing the trick. The dropper fly I was using was a size 12 Oops. I was using 5 med. split shot to get my nymphs down in the water. 3x tippet is also in order just incase you hook up with something big your going to want to stop it. There are still a lot of rainbows in the 8-10inch range running around as well. In a couple hrs. you can catch quite a few, work through them cause the big browns might be below them. If you want to huck streamers Black and Olive are good colors to try. Only about 3-4 days left to float it as well, covering water from a boat will give you more chance's at a monster fish!
19th September - The Animas is beginning to clear as a result of the dry weather. The conditions keep improving as the river comes down. Check in with the shop for the latest conditions. 970-3829978.
26th August - (Cole) The Pine River above Vallecito Reservoir is a beautiful section that goes on for miles. This water has some of the best quality and quantity of fish you can expect to find anywhere. The Pine has Colorado Grand Slam opportunities in almost every pool. Bring your hiking boots because it's a long day. I covered about 12 miles that day!
Hopper/dropper was the ticket up there. Pheasant tail flashback dropper sz.16 and any hi vis, hi floating hopper.
26th August - (Cole)The first time I have fishing the La Plata River all year and the action was good. All fish were caught on dries flies, Purple Haze #14, royal wulff #16, and crystal stimi chew toy #16. The high country season hasn't slowed down yet and with the continued rain the creeks should be fishing well into October. Get out there!
21st August - (Brad) Lately on the Pine a hare's ear and a copper john has been the most consistent.
20th August - (Nick) With the weather not getting too hot the animas is fishing well at the moment. Be prepared to throw small bugs for the bigger fish right now. In the morning there is a good hatch of tricos. Only the smaller fish are in to the duns, and a size 20 purple haze did the trick for a few smaller fish. The best rig for the bigger fish has been a size 14 rainbow warrior on top to a grey rs2 in the morning and then switching to a size 18 blood midge in the afternoon.
14th August - (Josh) The high country is still fishing well and will stay that way for a little bit longer. If you want to go to the high country now it the best time to do it. Fish were eating #14 purple haze and #14 parachute hoppers all day.
7th August - (Nick)- The high country has been fishing well despite the rains which have been keeping everything nicely cooled off. Most of our fish were caught sitting in tailouts of pools feeding on small dry flies. longer casts were thekey to success yesterday. Dry dropper rigs proved to be the most effective method. The best flies were a foam para-hopper with a #12 rubber leg pheasant tail trailed behind!
2nd August - (Brad) We fished the high country today. With all the rain we've had, water conditions are looking good. A great time to be up there with fish eager to eat. Parachute Adams and olivePMX in sz. 12 worked well today.
26th July - (Cole) If you enjoy fishing with big dry flies and catching Brook and Cutthroat trout this is the time. Stimulators, Red/Black Humpys, Lime Trudes, Hoppers sz 10-14 are all working well. We fished with a Tenkara fly rod all day catching cutty after cutty. The Tenkara using only rod, leader and fly. No reel required. This setup is perfect for back country trips! Stop by the shop for a demonstration on how to rig!!
13th July - (Nick) We fished some small water yesterday in the morning and the fish were taking the repeat offender hoppers all morning. The water is really small and the best techniques were dapping up close to the holes.
24th June - (Nick) The high country is fishing as it should be now...easy! Fish are holding behind boulders, and tailouts eating big bushy dry flies!!!
We fished all day with a single dry fly rig with no droppers. Bright, bushy and flashy flies were the ticket! The best colors were blue humpys, and crystal stimis. More than likely any dry fly thrown over these fish will work. Its the time for these fish to fatten up! We were also using 3x as our leader!
18th June - (Brian) This is one of the biggest Brown Trout I've ever seen in all my fishing and guiding years. Mornings on the Pine have been slow but fishing has picked up around 11am. This fish was caught around 5pm and took about 10 minutes to land. He took us up and down the river multiple times. We got a little lucky that he never really took off to the other side of the river. Wish I had it on video, we both were screaming in joy once I hoisted him up over my head in the net. As soon as I scooped him out of the water the tippet broke off! It was a pretty awesome experience and one I won't soon forget. The fish took a size 16 CTB Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Prince - Chartreuse. The river has been fishing well in the afternoons with nice Caddis and Mayfly hatches starting around 11am.
16th June - (Orion) Over the last two days I've seen three firsh that were all over 28 inches!!!! I've never seen a river with so many BIG Fish!!!! Now is the time to get a fish of a life time!!! Streamers are still the name of the game for the Mega Trout!!!! Check out my new video on the photo page. It's a small one at 20 inches!
10th June - (Nick) The Animas is fishing for larger fish at the moment. There are not a lot of numbers through the day, but the size of fish is making up for it! Streamer fishing the banks with big tequeelys was working the best. This is a great time of year to catch some big boys!
8th June - (Josh) Superb day out with some great fish including a rainbow
24+ and had to be 6-8lb range. Biggest bow in the boat this year. We lost a brown in the current shortly after that was every bit as big.
The adult stone showed up with a pretty good hatch overnight. So we threw a Fluttering Stone and received favorable results. We ran a 3ft dropper with either a #14 prince, copper john, or lightning bug all which worked well. The fish were all fat and had been gorging themselves on any of the numerous hatches going on. I even saw a couple of drakes buzzing around. 590 cfs at put-in.
7th June - (Josh) Another great day out with 2 afficionados. Together these guys put over 30 fish in the boat! Stone fly nymphs again the call. Fish all fought harder than their actual size as usual. The fishery is really healthy this year with lots of wild fish being caught. 650 cfs +/-
6th June - (Josh) Great Day on the river! Four fish all topped out over 19”with the biggest fish of the day a 22” brown. The upper San Juan despite a less than average snowpack, has delivered a fantastic floating window this season. Jim and Jerry fresh off a winter hiatus got a wonderful welcoming from the headwaters of this amazing freestone river. No adult salmonflies today, however, the fish were eager to take their nymph imitations. Brown girdle bugs and 20inchers worked best, with big princes taking their share. Water is still a bit high for any consistent action with dry flies. Go deep or go home. 700 cfs +/-
4th June - (Brad) We fished high country on the weekend. Its a great time to be up there with beautiful weather and fish eager to eat most anything.
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