Animas Valley Anglers
Guided float or wade fly fishing trips for trophy trout (plus nice regular sized trout) on the San Juan River Quality Waters in northern New Mexico as well as the Animas River near Durango Colorado in southwest Colorado. Animas Valley Anglers offers year-round professionally guided fly fishing trips on all the great waters of the Southwest. This includes the famous San Juan below Navajo Dam, Animas, Rio Grande, Dolores, upper San Juan, Pine, Piedra, Florida, mountain creeks, private waters and regional lakes. Beginner to expert anglers welcome.

Our Southwest mountains have received much needed snow giving our snowpack a solid bump. As of mid February the Animas/Dolores drainages have climbed to a little more than 50% of normal. The Rio Grande side is up to 55%. Forecasts show more moisture on the way. We have kicked off 2018 with a bang! It has already been a big fish season with Skillet, Bailey, Will and Derek all slipping big fish in the net this winter. Our mild winter has made for such great fishing.

If you have not meet Derek Ems yet you need to. He is quickly becoming one of the top guides in the Southwest. He is humble, patient, fun, knowledgable and "fishy" as heck. Guests just rave about him. He just completed his fist full guide season with AVA and has proven he has what it takes to be one of Animas Valley Anglers head guides. Click his photo for bio (will be posted soon).


Bailey Conaty brings so much awesomeness to AVA. This will be her 3rd season with AVA. From running the AVA ladies clinics to float and wade trips she brings a lot to a guide trip. Patience and fish smarts makes her one of the best guides in the region. If your wife or girlfriend is looking for coaching by a lady Bailey is the one for you.
Click her photo for bio (will be posted soon).


February 15th 2018. The San Juan and Animas are two of the best winter fisheries in the West. The Animas is low and clear with steady fishing mid-day. Midges and caddis nymphed at various depths are most productive. For you streamer junkies you'll be stoked to hear with the mild weather some fish are on the chase. The Juan below Navajo Reservoir has been a lot fun with trout focused on midges, leeches and junk patterns. Nymphs are king right now, but you can find fish on dries. The San Juan flow will drop 350 CFS to 300 CFS on Friday February 16th. The Pine is way low right now and we are looking forward to flows increasing this spring. Stay tuned for more info.