Durango Fly Fishing Guides
Durango fly fishing guides from Duranglers specialize in custom guided trips to waters in the Four Corners area. Duranglers will put you where the fish are and show you how to catch them. We’ll teach fly fishing skills to beginners of all ages and provide fine points and useful tips to the expert angler. Duranglers is the finest fly fishing guide service in the region. (Outfitter Registration #671)
Duranglers year-round guide service specializes in custom guided trips to the fabulous waters in the Durango area including the famous San Juan River tailwater section below Navajo Dam. Our guided trips not only take you where the fish are, but they also provide instruction for everyone from the rank beginner to the advanced angler. We have exclusive access to miles of private water that otherwise would be inaccessible. Let us plan an unforgettable fishing trip on one of the world-class waters that flow near Durango. Some of the many waters we guide on are the San Juan, Animas, Los Pinos, Dolores, Gunnison, Rio Grande, Piedra and more creeks than you will have time to fish. Duranglers is the premier guide service and outfitter in the Four Corners region!
Can’t thank you guys enough for an absolutely spectacular day on the Juan! What a great way to start 2009, my brother and I could not have had more fun together and as my little brother said, “fishing with Joe was like fishing with a buddy…” We caught plenty of fish, I certainly caught a great buzz, but more than anything, we shared a killer day together that both of us will remember for the rest of our lives. I’ll look you guys up again in the next couple of months as I want to get my old man down there for a float trip as well.
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People have asked us what a guided trip is all about. All guide services are not equal. Duranglers custom guide service is the premier guide service in the West. Before your trip even begins, Duranglers works hard to ensure your stay in Durango and your fishing in the area will be the best it can be. We can help you pick the best fishing for when you are coming and choose the place that best matches your fishing desires. There is great fishing two blocks from our Durango shop on the Animas and it’s only a 50 short minute drive to the San Juan below Navajo Dam. We can drive a few minutes and get to the remote high country creeks, or we can make a more extended journey to the Rio Grande or Dolores River. All our guide trips are custom designed. The guide will help you have the best day of fishing possible. Duranglers can help, whether it is your first time and you want to build a foundation and avoid much of the frustration of learning on your own, or if you are a seasoned angler who is looking to refine some skills. Our guides are excellent, patient instructors who love what they do, and their enthusiasm is contagious.
Our Durango fly fishing guides also have access to private water on the Pine and Piedra Rivers for guided wade fishing trips. Both rivers are beautiful, offer privacy and give a real opportunity for a 20-inch plus fish.
This section on the Pine just might be the prettiest river we have ever fished and being a tailwater has very consistent conditions. The Piedra is a wild river in a very wild place and when it is right can be awesome. Both rivers have a good mix of Rainbow and Browns.
Along with world class trout rivers in our area; Duranglers is in close proximity to many lakes and reservoirs that offer the adventurous fly fisher an opportunity to fish for a wide variety of large fish. Duranglers offers stillwater trips on many of our local flatwater lakes where the angler can target large trout, smallmouth, and largemouth bass. Along with trout and bass; pike has become a local favorite in our area due to their extremely violent takes and size.
Captain Mark Engler has been fishing and guiding for pike on the fly for over two decades. A day out with Mark searching for pike entails the very real possibility of hooking a 20 pound fish. Contact us about our stillwater fishing.
As we mentioned above, Durango has more fishing opportunities than one could fish in a lifetime. The Weminuche Wilderness sits right outside our backdoor and includes 488,210 acres of undeveloped wilderness that is absolutely loaded with high mountain lakes and creeks. These lakes and creeks are home to many naive and resident cutthroat populations who have never even seen a human, let alone a fly!
Most of these lakes and creeks are inaccessible by vehicle and can only be reached on foot. Duranglers has partnered with local outfitters and can accommodate the adventurous angler with a wide variety of multi-day pack trip options high into the backcountry. Contact us to discuss this unique opportunity to get into the high country and catch some of the most beautiful (and possibly biggest) trout of your life!
Black Canyon Float Trips
In cooperation with Black Canyon Anglers, Duranglers offers three day float fishing trips down the wild Black Canyon of the Gunnison. A true wilderness trip, the Gunnison is limited to two commercial launches a day making wildlife encounters very common. This trophy water holds large rainbows and many feisty browns. Join us for one of the most memorable float trips in the world.
Contact us about this very unique float trip opportunity.
|River/Creek||Float||Wade||Favorite Dry Flies||Fav. Wet Flies||Other Info|
|Animas||Yes||Yes||Elk Caddis,Muddler||Prince, Sculpins||Float:June-Aug?|
|Cascade||No||Yes||Humpy, Irresistible||Caddis, W.Coachman||Public|
|Dolores-Above||No||Yes||Wulffs, Trudes||Montana S.,Caddis||Public & Private|
|Dolores-Below||Yes||Yes||Caddis, Comparaduns||P.T., RS2, Midge||Float:June????|
|Florida||No||Yes||Trudes, Adams||20 incher, Prince||Public & Private|
|Gunnison||Yes||No||Madam X, Trude||Halfback, BH Prince||3 Day Float|
|Hermosa||No||Yes||Beetle, Cricket||Diving Caddis||Public & Private|
|La Plata||No||Yes||Hoppers, Wulffs||Bugger, W.Coachman||Public & Private|
|Lime||No||Yes||Wulffs, Green Drake||Hares Ear, Caddis||Public|
|Los Pinos||No||Yes||Stimulator, Elk Caddis||Caddis & Stone N.||Public & Private|
|Piedra||No||Yes||Sofa Pillow, Humpy||Stone & AP Nymphs||Public & Private|
|Ponds||Yes||Yes||Damsels, Renegades||Damsels, Leeches||Best:May/June|
|Rio Grande||Yes||Yes||Sofa P., H&L Variant||Bitch Creek, Buggers||Float:June/July|
|San Juan Quality||Yes||Yes||Parachute, Midge Dry||Midge Pupa, WD40||Year Round|
|San Juan Lower||Yes||No||Hoppers, Caddis||BH Caddis,Streamers||Float:Apr-Nov|
|San Juan-Colo||Yes||Yes||Turcks T., Muddler||BH Stone & Caddis N.||Float-.Late June|
|Vallecito||No||Yes||Humpy, Stimulator||AP Nymph, Caddis||Public|