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!
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!
|Sex Dungeon||4||Black, White|
|Girdle Bug||8||Coffee Black|
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.
|Meat Whistle||4||Black, Olive|
|Articulated Cheech Leech||4||Red/Black, Olive, Cowboy|
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.
|Gallups Tips Up||4||Black, White, Yellow|
|Near Enough Sculpin||4-8||Natural, Olive|
|Pat's Rubber Legs||8-12||Coffee, Yellow|
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!
|Gallops Sex Dungeon||4||Black, White, Olive|
|Cheech Leech||4||Red/black, Cowboy|
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.
|Slump Buster||8||Rust, Black|