Animas Lunch Report – 9/15/15 – Goodbyes and Hellos
As you may or may not have heard by now; our shop manager Kyle has left us. That’s right, Kyle is gone. He up and packed his bags, loaded up the family, and headed back east to settle in Wisconsin; close to extended family. We commend Kyle on his big change, wish him luck, and already miss him.
Fortunately for Kyle, his move has landed him smack dab in the middle of the Wisconsin Driftless region of trout streams, musky country, midwest bass heaven, and a short drive from great lakes steelhead. Goodbye ya little jerk.
Most often, with goodbyes also come hellos; and we would like to say hello and welcome to Duranglers newest addition Rob Schmidt…
Actually, new is fairly relative since Rob spent much of his college years working the counter, shop floor, and as a guide for Duranglers. So maybe it is just “welcome back Rob”. Rob moved back to Durango from New York for much the same reason as Kyle left: family. Stop in the shop and pick Rob’s brain about East Coast striper fishing, pike fishing, trout conservation, elk hunting, duck hunting, spey casting, guiding…heck, just stop in and pick his brain about anything related to the outdoors. Chances are he is an expert.
Currently, the Animas is flowing at 274 cfs. Midday temps are hanging around 75 with afternoon showers showing here and there. With the temps cooling down, trout have been a lot more apt to eat on top midday. Good hatches of Blue Winged Olives are usually popping late mornings and afternoons. Hoppers are still taking fish, but the first frost is coming soon which will put the kibosh on terrestrial time. Make sure you have some good streamers; fall is meat hucking time for brown trout looking to bulk up before the spawn.