Animas Lunch Report – 3/21/16 – Fatten Up For Love Fest 2k16

21 March 2016
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21 March 2016, Comments: 0

Animas Lunch Report – 3/21/16 – Fatten Up For Love Fest 2k16

Andy McKinley Duranglers Animas Streamer Fishing

Some even want the meat.

That’s right, Love Fest 2k16.  They yearly wet and wild festival where cheeks get rosy in anticipation of that sweet, sweet loving making.  When you are slappin tail and bumping unmentionables, you gotta carb up if you want to keep that stamina going.  And are we ever carbing up!

I am talking about rainbow trout by the way.

Fishing perked up quite a bit this past week on the Animas.  Afternoon baetis hatches coupled with the fact that the city has finished the heavy equipment work up at 29th, and we are looking a very good late March!  I managed a few hours on the water yesterday and was able to land a good amount of stud rainbows who were up eating emergers.  It was nice to be able to actually sight fish to some chowing trout.  Water clairity is at about 2-3 feet of visibility and very green.  Flows are increasing and are currently just above 400 today, but fishing should remain good for the next few days (as we see cloud cover and cooler temps).

Rainbow Release Andy McKinley Duranglers Animas Fly Fishing

Thankfully, the browns have also followed suit and are gettin turnt with the warmer weather.  So turnt, in fact that they are pulling quick through rocks and a lot are being broken off.  Fight your fish smart and use the heaviest tippet possible and you could just land the brown trout of a lifetime right now.

As always, a lot of browns are looking to eat bigger meals of baitfish, so a streamer is a good option in the mornings and evenings.  Make sure you have a good assortment of flashy nymphs such as Copper Johns, Flashback Pheasant Tails, Rainbow Warriors, and Psycho Princes as well as BWO dries and emergers such as the Bat Winged Emerger, RS-2, WD-40, and Parachute Adams.

Andy McKinley Trying to Hide

Trying to be sneaky.

As we roll into the spawn season, please do your best to keep from fishing to or disturbing actively spawning fish.  Many of us know where these fish spawn in town, and it is a big temptation to go throw some bugs at them.  Just remember, the more they are allowed free movement to spawn un-harassed, the more wild fish we will have tomorrow.  Keep away from redds so as to not disturb any eggs as well.  Be a sportsman, don’t just be a trophy hunter for insta-fame.

Keep a low profile and watch the water for movement, and you too should have a fantastic pre Love Fest 2k16 on the Animas.

Andy McKinley Animas River Rainbow Trout March

Andy McKinley
Andy manages Duranglers Flies and Supplies online store and web content. When he is not plugging away in the basement of Duranglers, he can be found in the shop talking weird flies, throwing spey casts for few fish, eating pizza, drinking coffee, painting, and raising a family in Southwest Colorado.

His fly fishing writings have been published on blogs such as the Daily Drake and Simms Wading Room.

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