Animas River Lunch Report – 6-23-17 – The Longest, Fastest Day

23 June 2017
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23 June 2017, Comments: 0

Animas River Lunch Report – 6-23-17 – The Longest, Fastest Day

So it has been a few weeks since we last put out an Animas Lunch Report.  The plan was to transition over to video reports; but as plans usually go, life happened.  Well, more specifically, Duranglers summer life happened.  We have been rocking full bore with the summer season.  The town is busy and our guide calendar is booked almost full for the next few weeks.  The longest day of the year came and went 2 days ago…and it was one of the fastest in the shop.  Well, at least if felt fast because we were so busy.

Expect video reports out next week…but in the meantime here is quick down and dirty of what is going on in our area. (for more flows, bugs, and flies; check out our Reports Page.

The Animas is finally coming down and clearing up today.  Caddis are coming off in DROVES and it looks like float fishing should be solid starting now!  Black Stimis and Peacock Caddis are a must have if you are floating (or wading).

The San Juan River Quality Waters are also being dropped.  After 50 days at 5000 cfs, it’s time for a change.  Wade fishing will be picking up as the flows come down, and fish may key in on smaller bugs.  Of course, small midges are in order, but annelids and BWOs are also an important food source.  With the coming rains of our July Monsoon season, ants will be on the water.  Watch the weather.  On of our new favorite rods we have been fishing on the San Juan is the 9 1/2 and 10 foot Sage X rods.  The extra 6 and 12 inches really make getting good mends and long drifts with nymph rigs an easy task, and we have even been fishing them with Euro nymph techniques.  These rods are

The big question lately has been: “How is the Rio?”  The answer is “good…really good”.  For those with a float trip with us on the books, get ready.  It’s been solid.

Other notables are the Pine, Piedra, and Lower Dolores: all coming down and shaping up for solid fishing.  The high country is also coming into solid fishing condition and fish will be looking up.  Get a map, get out, and explore.

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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