Animas Lunch Report – 6/2/16 – Upsides and Downsides

2 June 2016
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2 June 2016, Comments: 0

 Animas Lunch Report – 6/2/16 – Upsides and Downsides

Animas Lightner Junction June 1 2016

A mixture of two waters, one on the upside of runoff and one on the downside.

The temps and flows this week are setting up a nice little weekend for the Animas River Days celebration.  We are betting flows will hit 5,000 cfs by Saturday…but that remains to be seen.  Durango is sitting on the upslope of runoff, and we are just waiting for the peak to hit.

The downside of runoff season is that finding some water to fish can take a little creativity.  We wrote a piece a while back on Fly Fishing During Runoff that may give you a few ideas of water to fish.  Just get creative and you will find willing fish to eat.

If fly fishing just seems like too much trouble right now, how about this: get outside and just do something.  Go for a walk or bike ride, explore a new trail, bust out the climbing shoes or the mountain bike.  Get out and camp or watch the carnage at Smelter rapids this Saturday.  Pursue something new just to do it.  Birdwatching or plein air painting or photography.  Call up an old friend you haven’t talked to in a while and get coffee at one of our many fine outdoor coffee shops.  Scout some new water.  Go for a mountain drive.  Just get out and enjoy where we live.  Be bold.  Explore something new; even if it puts you out of your comfort zone.  It’s a beautiful time to be outside and there is so much to do.  Summer season has officially started here in Durango and it is a fantastic time to get out of doors.

While we are all chomping at the bit to get to the water and catch as many fish as possible (myself included); it’s nice to just enjoy all that Durango has to offer.  Stoneflies will be popping soon enough, why not take a quick breather before the long days of casting and rowing are here just to be outside.

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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