Durangler’s News!

Area Waters:  With the moderating temperatures and our current snowpack condition, we are seeing wonderful conditions on the Animas for streamer fishing.  Numerous big fish are being caught by both wade and float anglers.  One of our shop staff was out last evening wade fishing across from the Dog Park with a new pattern he’d…

Hermosa Park Road Open!

  Since the Forest Service opened the Hermosa Park Road on May 1, we now have access to the East Fork of Hermosa Creek.  With the early snow melt the East Fork in the Catch and Release, Native Cutthroat section is beautifully clear and running nice and full.  As a result the dry fly fishing…

Why can’t I catch fish on the Animas?

Almost 30 years ago when I first fished the Animas, there were a few caddis, a few sculpin and a few large brown trout. Since then, due to many factors, water quality and bug life has improved dramatically; so much so that in 1996 A stretch of the Animas was designated as Gold Medal. So,…

Animas River Fishing Report 2/6/12

Fishing Report Courtesy Of Duranglers Guide Spencer Schreiber        Conditions on the Animas River are more favorable for fishing than they normally are through the cold month of January.  It is definitely winter in the Durango area, but we are not seeing the really cold nights that can turn the river into something…

February Fly Fishing Tip Of The Month

Historically, February is a great winter month for fishing the Animas and the San Juan. Longer days and slightly warmer temperatures can bring on some good midge hatches and occasional BWOs. Don’t be afraid to get out on those snowy days, when temps aren’t too bad. These are the days to see fish feeding on…

December 2011 Tip Of The Month

With Christmas just around the corner, its time to start thinking about those special gifts for all the anglers in your family. We have most all of the Summer clothing on sale along with selected Sage Rods and Reels and Lamson Reels. We have some great beginner and youth rod & reel packages for those…

San Juan River Project Complete

The habitat project on the San Juan River below Navajo Dam has been completed and flows have been restored to 500 cfs on December 1, 2011. Descriptively, the work has included creating a detention pond in the outlet of the Rex Smith Wash so as to prevent siltation of the area in and below the…

November 2011 Tip Of The Month

November is a great time to get out on the river; no crowds and still good fishing. With the recent moisture, flows in the Animas are holding up and should make for some great nymphing or possibly dries on the right day (there is the chance for midges and olives to start coming off). If…

Andros South Bonefish Trip

Lets Go Fishing!! Duranglers Tom Knopick will be hosting our 3rd annual trip to Andros South Lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas.  The staff at Andros South Lodge does an awesome job and this is truly a great trip.  Andros is without question one of the great Bonefish destination on the planet with endless diverse…

Sage One Fly Rods

Come on in to the shop and check out the new Sage One fly rod.   The Sage One is quickly developing a reputation as an easy casting rod with a huge sweet spot. Both new and experienced anglers will appreciate how easy it is to make accurate casts at any distance.  The One is a…

Fishing Report 10/11/11

Fall is here in the Southwest, the leaves are looking great, and we have received our first blast of snow in the high country.  Despite the recent snowfall many of our local waters are still fishing great!  The San Juan is flowing at a steady 500 cfs and is fishing well.  The fall is one…

October 2011 Tip Of The Month

Thanks to the recent rains in late September the Animas, the Piedra and the high elevation creeks continue to have decent flows and are quite fishable.  The Piedra and creeks should fish well into late October and, possibly, November. Fish the creeks mid day when day time temps come up a bit. The Animas fishes…

September 2011 Tip Of The Month

Good summer rains have us going into fall with good flows on all of our local streams and rivers, some of which may be temporarily off.  On the Animas, hopper and hopper/dropper rigs are working well. We are also seeing some midge and small mayfly activity so nymphing small San Juan patterns might help find…

2011 Dos Mosca Tournament

Last Friday and Saturday (Aug 5 & 6) was the 15th Annual Dos Mosca Fly Fishing Tournament.  It is a great fundraiser for our local Big Brothers Big Sisters and celebrates the Animas River, which runs through Durango.   The basic rules are each anglers gets two flies (Dos Mosca) each day, one dry and one…

August 2011 Tip Of The Month

Well, the monsoons are active and the hot weather has abated somewhat.  As we go into August our area waters are holding up nicely and fishing well.  As our monsoon rains continue, we should see our waters fish well on through the month.  It’s terrestrial season so don’t be without hoppers, ants and beetle patterns. …

Fishing Report 7/21/11

It’s the time of year we live for here at Duranglers, when all our local waters can fish great.  Currently flows and conditions are just about perfect on all our waters. The Animas, Dolores, Piedra, San Juan, Los Pinos, La Plata, Florida Rivers and more mountain streams than can be fished in a lifetime are…

Rio Grande Season 2011

We just finished our 2011 Rio Grande season (Mid June to Mid July) and it was a good one.  Great flows, water conditions and lots of Bugs.!!   Here is Ellen with a nice Rio Grande Rainbow and Duranglers guide Mark Engler.  Yes on a dry fly!!  It was a size 12 Para Madam X with…

San Juan River At 5000 CFS 6/13/11

My buddy John Munn and I decided to check out the San Juan today and do a little wade fishing.  The River fished great!  Nothing on top but indicator fishing with size 22 red and cream larva did the trick.  Most people don’t think of the San Juan as wade fishable at these flows but…

Dolores Bruiser 6/11/11

Flows were dropping on the Dolores River below McPhee Dam and Duranglers guide Tom Knopick help angler Fred Elbert find the Bruiser Brown trout.  While floating the river on 600 CFS Fred tossed his sizer 2 Black Flash-A-Bugger into a deep back eddie and without hesitation this guy exploded on the fly.  Nice Fish! Tight…