River Fly Fishing Float Trips
We offer full day, 1/2 day and evening float trips on the Animas River. Our
float trips cover over 40 miles of water including the Animas Valley, Durango
public waters including the Gold Medal section and private waters south of town. We also
offer a special lower river canyon float that starts at the Southern Ute boundary
a few miles into New Mexico. (Only a Southern Ute can guide the Southern Ute Waters).
land access where we can also wade fish and enjoy a stream-side lunch.
Full day trips will typically
cover 6 to 12 miles of river. Half
day and evening trips will cover
3 to 6 miles depending on flows
and conditions. Even when flows
are low we continue to float fish
the Animas, usually covering shorter
distances and focusing on
deeper holding water.
mix up our days on the various
beats depending on seasonal changes,
flows, water conditions and insect
Float season can start as early as February and can last well into October
or November. February through April the fish can be found eating small dries,
nymphs and streamers. April through early June, when the river flows are up,
we fish large streamers, nymphs and poppers. In mid June, as snow melt slows,
our annual caddis hatch kicks in making for fantastic dry and nymph fishing.
July through October we cast dries like hoppers, caddis, PMDs, tricos and cicadas.
Nymphing from the boat can be also be very productive almost any time of year.
In the various float sections of the Animas, an angler has the opportunity
to cast to browns, rainbows, cut-bows and cutthroat trout. Size range of trout
in the Animas is wide open. Any given cast gives you the opportunity for an
8-inch dink or a 30-inch fish of a lifetime... you just never know who's going
to latch on!
Catch rates can vary day to day, but the river is healthy with a strong fish
population, and many of the fish are wild trout. These studly trout are quality
fish as well, you wont see many hook scars on these beauties. On a good day,
its not uncommon to have 20 fish or more to the fly!
Trips and Rates
All our guide trips for Colorado
and the San Juan River in New Mexico include:
(including secret guide patterns)
lunch with drinks
you or any one in your group needs
to use a rod and reel and/or
waders for the day, no
problem, we will supply high-end gear at no
extra cost. Most
guide services tack that,
as well as flies, on to the
and your group are saving over
float trips do not include:
Colorado fishing license and customary gratuity for the guide.