Grande float trips
Animas Valley Anglers
offers float trips on the legendary Rio Grande River near Creede and South
Fork Colorado. This is a larger river with mostly mellow waters making
it a comfortable float from the raft or drift boat. This river flows through
some incredible country and its simply a blast to fish with lots of fish to the
fly and massive insect hatches.
offer float trips on several
sections of river near Creede,
Colorado. We float over 50 plus
miles of the Rio. We are one
of the few outfitters who is
legally permitted to guide the
upper Rio north of Creede. These
sections include Texas Creek,
Rio Ox Bows, Hog Mountain, Rio
Grande Campground, Marshall Park,
Antlers, Broad Acres, Deep Creek,
Wason Ranch, La Garita and Wagon
On any given day an angler can expect to see several of the Rio's plentiful
mid-sized brown trout move to the fly. The average fish is around 14 inches
while fish in the 16 to 18 inch range are not uncommon. There are also some
very nice bows that live in the Rio. The Rio does have some monsters lurking
about, but this river is really about the sheer number of fish to the fly.
When the hatch is thick and the fish are
on, each angler can see well over 40 or 50 fish to the fly.
you like casting dries? Good,
because the Rio is primarily
a dry fly river, but the streamer
fishing can be excellent early
and late season. There are a
couple guides (mostly Will) who
fishes bass-style poppers when
the Rio brownies are high in
the water column aggressively
Many of our fishing guests will stay in
historic Creede Colorado. This small mining town
has not changed much in the past hundred years
and is the hub for most of our trips on the Rio.
Most guide days start around 8 and after we run
the shuttle, we fish from 8:30 or 9:30 to 4, 5
or 6 in the evening. After a long day on the water
we'll clean up and head for dinner at the Creede
Hotel were Dave Toole and his staff put on a five
star meal. After dinner some guests will turn in,
while others like to check out the Creede Repertory
Theater or enjoy spirits at one of the watering
holes were tales of the days fishing can be heard
over a game of billiards.
The float season on
the Rio is in full swing by early June and can last
well into July. Of course this window depends largely
on the area snow pack and releases from 30 Mile Reservoir.
There are also early season float opportunities in
March and April. Early season fishing can be unpredictable
when it comes to weather, but the fishing with streamers
nymphs and poppers can be out of sight.
The Rio is 2 hours east of Durango. We meet our clients in Durango, South Fork,
Creede or Pagosa Springs and then head to the river. Often times we prefer
to meet in Creede or South Fork since we like to set up camp in the area while
the fishing is hot. We prefer to book our Rio Grande trips as a two day minimum
trip due to the distance of the river from our home-base in Durango. However,
if you only have one day and your dying to fish the Rio, it may be possible
for us to arrange a meet in that area and make it happen.
trips and lodging
This is an amazing place and dates fill up fast, so book know for the true
Colorado experience. There is plenty of lodging for our guests in and around
the Creede/South Fork area. Some have a bit more character than others so just
ask and we'll put you in touch with our favorites. Feeling lazy or too busy?
Let us book a place for you for a small additional fee. This is a fantastic
trip for any level of angling experience.
Rio Grande Guide
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.