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The Quality Water section of the San Juan River below Navajo Reservoir is arguably the best trout river in the world. The San Juan offers big fish, lots of them, and you can catch them 365 days a year!
|250||Stable.||Good! Midges & BWO’s. Dries on the right day.||Red Analid, flash midge pupa, RS2.|
Flowing through Pagosa Springs on its way to Navajo Reservoir, the “upper” San Juan is a good freestone river with good caddis and stonefly hatches.
The Dolores River below McPhee Reservoir doesn’t get allocated enough water to blossum into the river it should be. Keep an eye on the little water it is getting and remember every drop counts!
This freestone river spills out of the high country and through a beautiful forested canyon. The limited access on the river should not be a deterent in exploring this great river.
Spilling out of the Weimunuche wilderness, this classic trout stream offer good dry fly opportunities and a surprising diversity of fishing opportunities and a surprising diversity of fish. Duranglers also has some outstanding guided private water on the Piedra!
|456||Falling||Stoneflies coming off. Flows are a bit high.||Buggers, Stonefly nymphs and dries. Dry/dropper.|
This is the section below Vallecito Reservoir. Bordered by private property on both sides for its entire length below the reservoir, you can only fish it if you are lucky enough to own property on it or if you take a guide trip with Duranglers!
|650||Irrigation flows.||Good||Prince, buggers, stonefly nymphs and dries. Dry/dropper.|
The difficult fly fishing on the Florida River will not be attractive to every angler, and beginners should take some time to hone their skills on other rivers before going there. Those who are willing to put in the necessary effort to discover its scenic wonders as well as its secret trout holes will be amply rewarded with much more than wild trout.
|77/224||Irrigation flow below Lemon||Improving below the dam.||Dry Dropper|
One of the last free-flowing rivers in the state of Colorado, the Animas is a unique and rare treasure. With the newest and one of the best Gold Medal Water sections in Colorado, the Animas is a river that should be on your list of places to fish.
|1130||Falling.||Good, caddis and stoneflies.||Streamers, buggers, stonefly dries and nymphs.|
Gunnison (Black Canyon)Real-time River Data
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison River offers one of the greatest wilderness/fishing experiences in the lower 48. The river has a good population of rainbows and brown and some of the best hatches around. Every angler should put our three-day float on their “places to fish before I die” list!
Rio Grande (30 mile /Wagon Wheel)Real-time River Data
The Rio Grande is a classic western river. It is a great dry fly river with one of the best Salmonfly hatches in Colorado. The flow is partially controlled by a dam, but the many tributaries add significant flow during spring and wet weather.
Fishing Durango Colorado is very numerous and diverse. There is of course the famous San Juan River below Navajo Dam along with the larger freestone rivers like the Animas, Piedra and Dolores. But there are also more small mountain streams than can be fished in a lifetime.
|Moderate||Falling||Most are fishable.||Attractor Dry.|
San MiguelReal-time River Data
Flowing out of the “hip” town of Telluride, the San Miguel is a small river/ large stream that offers some great fishing and pretty good access.
|557||Falling.||Decent, but a bit high.||Prince nymph, buggers|
Frying PanReal-time River Data
One of the classic tailwater fisheries in the West. It gets crowded, but the fishing can be great! Don’t leave home without some Mysis shrimp patterns.
|108||Stable.||Good||Mysis, midges, Olives.|
Roaring ForkReal-time River Data
The top section of this good freestone river. Wave to the movie stars and millionaires while you catch some great fish! The Roaring Fork gets pretty big by the time it gets to Glenwood Springs before it joins the massive Colorado River.
|337/3600||Starting to come down.||Runoff conditions.||Wait|
UncompaghreReal-time River Data
The newest tailwater fishery in the state. The Unc. (we like to call it) has two faces. The overly manicured part of the river is a little like fishing at Disneyland. The “wild” section is a real river.
|86||Stable.||Good||Midges & BWO’s|
|Decent condition.||Stable.||Most of our lakes are fishable.||Buggers.|