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Premium and Specialty Trips

on Private Water

Full Day Private Waters
Single angler .............. $425
Two anglers ............... $500
1/2 Day Private Waters
Single angler .............. $375
Two anglers ............... $450

Rod fee are not included and
are listed to the right.

Not included: Colorado fishing license, rod fees and customary gratuity for the guide.

AVA Trips Include
Guide trips on the San Juan River (New Mexico) and in Colorado include:

  • AVA Endorsed Professional Guide
  • Free Flies (including some secret guide patterns)
  • Terminal Tackle
  • Hearty stream-side lunch with drinks
  • Transportation (if needed)
  • Rod/Reel and Waders/Boots (if needed or requested)

If you or any one in your group needs to use a rod and reel and/or waders and boots for the day, no problem! We supply high-end gear at no extra cost. Most guide services tack that on to the bill. Plus many charge for every fly used and/or lost. Right there you and your group could be saving over $50 or more per angler.


Adding a third Angler
Three person wade trips are only available on select trips and are subject to availability. Cost is based on our two person rate plus $125 for the third angler. Private water fees are additional.



Guided Private Water Access
Animas Valley Anglers offers private water fly fishing trips with an opportunity to fish crowd-free waters for stunning and at times large "trophy" trout. Over the years AVA has built a number of friendships and partnerships with private land owners who allow us to help better serve our fly fishing clients. These are some of the best waters in the region, if not the West. Limited availability, so book your trip today.


Pine Song on the Pine River
This tailwater fishery, located directly below Vallecito Reservoir, offers anglers a stunning setting and the clear currents of the Pine River. The river is rich with insect life and is home to a solid population of stunning wild trout. Most of the Pine River below the dam (99.9% of it) flows through private property and this one is the best.

This section of the Pine is managed as a wild trout fishery and is 100% catch and release. This section is also not stocked. Every rainbow, brown and cutbow is wild (from time to time a stocked rainbow from the lake will get sucked through the dam). Fish size ranges from 10 to 20 inches with "un-landables" hooked every season. These waters give an angler a legitimate shot at a 25+ inch fish.

Will has been fishing and guiding this section since his Duranglers days, and has been given access to guide this special fishery once again. Space and availability is very limited, so drop us a line to see if these special waters are available while you are here visiting us.

Rod fees are used by the owners of the property to maintain the land and special waters.

Private water trips do not include: Colorado fishing license,
private water fees and customary gratuity for the guide.

Isgar Ranch on the Animas
This is a fantastic stretch of river with lots of great runs and riffles, deep tanks and high quality trophy trout. Some of the largest trout on the Animas have been caught in the waters that flow through this spectacular ranch. Will Blanchard, head AVA fly fishing guide has been fishing and guiding the 2 miles since 1992. This is a premier section on the Animas River, just minutes from Durango.

A few short miles south of Durango the Animas flows through a checker board of private and Southern Ute lands. A quarter mile from the start of the Southern Ute land lies the large Isgar Ranch. The late, Art Isgar ranched and farmed the property for many, many years with his wife Anne. Art and Anne have been so generous over the years with river access to Blue Lake Ranch B & B guests, AVA guides as well as AVA fly fishing clients.

Rod fees from guided float and wade trips on the Isgar Ranch will be donated in Art Isgar's name to the La Plata County Historical Society and The Animas Museum.

Private water trips do not include: Colorado fishing license,
private water fees and customary gratuity for the guide.


Craig's Ranch on the Animas
This section of river offers great runs and riffles plus a couple deep tanks that chunky rainbows and browns call home. This is a great section on the Animas River and is only a few minutes from Durango. The Craig's Ranch borders private and Southern Ute land.

Rod fees are used by the owners of the property to maintain the land and special trout waters.

Private water trips do not include: Colorado fishing license,
private water fees and customary gratuity for the guide.


Root Pond trophy trout lake
Another one of those places that will really surprise you. What the scenery lacks in mountains and pines, the trout make up in size and power. The 8-acre pond is located near the Dolores River, so Root Pond and Dolores split days are available (and kinda fun). We float Root Pond out of our drift boats and is simply a blast. Plus it is a great fishery when all of our other waters are muddied from spring run-off.

Rod fees are used by the owners of the property to maintain the land and special trout waters.

Private water trips do not include: Colorado fishing license,
private water fees and customary gratuity for the guide.