Animas River Fly Fishing Report

River Information

The Animas River is another location any angler traveling to Southwest Colorado should add to their list. This completely free flowing river has recieved a Gold Medal rating from the state. The river grows large Rainbow and Brown trout that can be caught in a variety of ways.  Up near it's headwaters by Silverton the river is a small, rocky freestone. By the time the river reaches Durango it gains considerable size and becomes float fishable.

Recommended Flies

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Caddis, Stoneflies, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Streamer

Fall: Midges, Mayflies, Caddis, Streamers

Seasonal Conditions

The Animas is fishable year round, and aside from peak runoff, is usually productive. May anglers enjoy targeting it's large Brown trout with large streamers and sinking lines. Rainbows are plentiful as well and respond nicely to the corresponding insect hatches of any given day. Dry fly fishing can be very good during the warmer months. 

River Access

River access is plentiful on the Animas. Whether you're looking to hike into the scenic canyon near the headwaters in Silverton, or are looking for quick and easy access through Durango, the Animas has a variety of waters available to match your particular needs.