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Fishing Report - The Animas River

October 28, 2019

Conditions on the Animas River are prime at the moment and fishing has been excellent. Blue Winged Olive's (BWO's) have been hatching and the fish are gorging on them. Nymphing has been most productive but we are getting them on dries also. The stockers have been putting on weight and are growing fast! Some brute stock and survivors are also being catch that are bigger! It's so nice to be out on the Animas again and catching fish. Fall is a great time to swing streamers!

Patterns

Magic Fly Nymph16-20BWO, Rusty
Phasant Tail Prince Nymph14-20Natural, Olive
BWO Comparadun Dry18BWO
Hi Vis BWO Dry16-20Olive, Natural
Sculpzilla Streamer8Black, Olive

As of: December 13, 2019

Animas at Durango
169 cfs

Previous Reports

September 28, 2019

Fall is the best time of year! Perfect waters clarity, great fall colors and consistent fishing. The Animas has been fishing good considering all the up's and down's over the past year. The fish have settled in and are moving throughout the river finding their own water. Nymphing has been most productive but we are catching a few on dry flies. As we move into fall more, the streamer bite will be the way to go!

Be careful for spawning brown trout and please do not walk on the redds. This is where they spawn and you shouldn't fish to them if you seen these areas. Allow the next generation live on!

Patterns

Graphic Caddis Nymph12-16Tan, Olive
Magic Fly Nymph16-20Baetis, PMD
Big Bones Caddis Dry12-18Tan, Olive
TA Bunker Streamer4Brown Trout
Tequilly Streamer4Yellow
Blue Wing Olive Comparadun Dry18BWO

August 29, 2019

The Animas River has been fishing extremely well. With no rain the past couple weeks, the clarity has returned back to normal. Water levels are low so wading is much easier. With the Colorado Parks and Wildlife stocking the river 3 times in the past 2 months, we are catching a lot of fish. Mostly 14 inch stockers but there has been some bruisers hooked, landed and lost over 22 inches. It is shaping up to be a fantastic fall on the Animas. The only thing to be cautious about is the water temps. In the afternoon's the temperature are approaching 65 degrees. Do your fishing in the morning and carry a thermometer. Check the temps throughout the day and consider stopping if the temps go over 65 degrees. September is just around the corner and that usually brings cooler water temps. In the meantime, go out and enjoy!

Patterns

Cased Caddis14-18Natural
Frenchie14-18Brown/ Natural
Pheasant Tail14-18Natural
Meat Whistle4Black, Olive
Parachute Hoppers12Brown, Tan
Chubby Chernobyl8-12Tan, Olive, Royal, Gold

August 10, 2019

With the monsoon season in full force, fishing conditions are hit and miss. Heavy rains in the Hermosa area have been pushing mud, dirt and ash into the Animas turning it off color. There will be short "window of opportunity" between storms until the monsoons end. Be sure to fish when the water clears because the windows have been producing. After the 2 fish stockings in July, there has been some quality rainbows and browns. Streamers have been the ticket!

Patterns

Tequelly4Yellow
Little Swimmer Articulated4Rainbow
Cheech Leech4Black, Cowboy, Tan

July 25, 2019

We are finally reaching fishable flows on the Animas! The dropping flows combined with the fact that the river has recently been stocked means that now is the time to go! Current flows are fluctuating around 2,000 cfs so hucking big streamers is our go-to method of fishing. While the flows are dropping, they are still high so exercise caution if you choose to fish the Animas. Seek out the slack water in front of and behind boulders, along the banks and around other river structure. Streamers are the most productive way to cover lots of water but working deep nymph rigs in slower runs will also produce strikes.

Patterns

Sculpzilla#4-10Natural, Olive, Black, White
Dungeon#4-8Olive, Black, White, Crawfish Orange
Sparkle Sculpin#2-4Natural

July 07, 2019

It's looking like the Animas is starting to finish up with runoff soon. The river is slowly dropping everyday, and the clarity is improving as well. Streamers and nymph rigs are going to be the way to go, focus on all of the soft water along the banks. We should start to see some Caddis coming off soon, and hopper-dropper season is right around the corner!

Patterns

Galloup's Dungeon2Black
Home Invader2Black
Sparkle Minnow2Flash
Girdle Bug4-10Black/Coffee
Devil Jig14-16Black/Gold/Green
Duracell16Purple

June 14, 2019

On June 9th the mighty Animas reached 7000cfs and seems to have peaked, at least for the moment. Ever since that day it has been hovering around 6500cfs. It's hard to say what will happen in the coming weeks but we are not experiencing the upward trend in flows. The snow-pack statewide was somewhere around 500% of normal for this time of year and 1300% in the San Juan Basin. We could very well see another peak above 7000 cfs, but it will all depend on the weather patterns. For now, go rafting! If you're feeling lucky work the banks and slack water!

Patterns

Sex Dungeon4Black, White
Girdle Bug8Coffee Black

April 23, 2019

River is running quick and dirty. Get your whitewater toys out and get after it! It is going to be a big water year, be careful out there and have fun! Fishing conditions are poor.

Patterns

Meat Whistle4Black, Olive
Articulated Cheech Leech4Red/Black, Olive, Cowboy

April 12, 2019

The Animas is having some early snow melt and is muddy, but short opening may occur. During this time of year the river will fluctuate in flow (CFS) and color. When we experience warm weather and river swells and becomes dark chocolate, with little fishing opportunities. If a storm rolls in and Purgatory Resort get snow along with freezing temps, the river drops, sometimes significantly, and water clarity can improve. This is the short window to try and fish. Streamers and large nymphs fished along the bank can be surprisingly productive.

Patterns

Gallups Tips Up4Black, White, Yellow
Near Enough Sculpin4-8Natural, Olive
Pat's Rubber Legs8-12Coffee, Yellow
Prince Nymphs10-14Natural

March 29, 2019

The Animas River is starting to see spring runoff conditions. The water clarity has deteriorated and waters temps have dropped. Over the next few months the conditions will fluctuate with the weather, but a few angling opportunities might be possible. If water clarity improves, there might be a short window to test the waters by fishing streamers. Post runoff at the end of June or first part of July will be the next best opportunity to fish the mighty Animas. Until then, be patient!

Patterns

Gallops Sex Dungeon 4Black, White, Olive
Sculpito 2Tan, Olive
Cheech Leech4Red/black, Cowboy

February 26, 2019

The fishing has been fairly slow but fish are being caught. The water is picking up color in the afternoons due to low elevation snow melt.

Water temps have been cold so the fish are lethargic and aren't moving much. Streamer fishing has been fairly steady with a few quality fish coming to net. Slumpbusters, conehead mudders, and articulated dungeons. Nymphing caddis larva and pheasant tails are producing.

Patterns

Caddis Larva14-18Olive
Pheasant Tail14-18Brown
Slump Buster8Rust, Black
Conehead Muddler6White
Dungeon6Brown