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…

The Un-Spook-Able School

Duranglers co-owner Tom Knopick just got back from his 2nd annual hosted trip to Andros South (April 23-30, 2011).  The trip was great and a good time was had by all. Success on the Bonefish flats has lots to do with weather conditions and with sunny skies you just get more shots.  On the second…

Duranglers Andros South Bonefish Trip

Duranglers just competed its 2nd annual hosted trip to Andros South Lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas.  The staff at Andros South Lodge does an awesome job and it was a great trip with a full house of 12 anglers. Andros is without question one of the great Bonefish destination on the planet and…

Animas River Conditions 4/12/11

The Animas is a free flowing River and conditions can vary dramatically in the spring.  There will be times it is in great shape and times when it is unfishable.  With warmer weather the snow starts to melt then with a cold snap the river will come right back in. As of today the conditions…

San Juan River Flow Forecast

It is still very early in the game to know exactly how spring flows will shake out below Navajo Dam but here is what we think we know at this point.   It seems very likely that we will have a spring flushing flow of 5000 cfs for one week, with one week to ramp up…

April 2011 Tip Of The Month

Lately the Animas is looking very good and has yielded some decent Blue Winged Olive hatches and fish looking up.  Look for this trend to continue until we get weather that brings us moisture or the runoff begins.  At that point it will be Streamer time.  With a foot or two of visibility, we should…

San Juan River 3/29/11

The San Juan River below Navajo Dam continues to fish very well.  The fishing has been solid all winter and early spring with good flows of 500 CFS.  Midge hatches have been strong from late morning into early afternoon throughout the Quality Water section.  Blue Wing Olives can be found daily from Texas Hole down. …

Duranglers Fly Fishing Festival

    JOIN US AND OUR INDUSTRY FRIENDS FOR TWO DAYS OF FUN, EDUCATION, CLINICS AND DEMOS   April 1 & 2, 2011   SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday April 1, 2011 Strater Hotel     Movie Night 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM       Michael White “Fly Fishing Adventures – Casting Around The World” 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM       …

Good News For The Piedra River

The Piedra River is one of our faverite waters in the Durango area and has everything a trout stream should have.  It has a very healthy population of  Trout (Rainbows & Browns), riffles, pools, long glides, small fish, big fish, remote canyons as well as good road access.   Recently the Colorado Division of Wildlife…

Five Rivers Trout Unlimited Banquet

Our local Trout Unlimited Chapter’s spring fundraising banquet will be held on April 2nd at Fort Lewis college. Tickets are $40/person or $75/couple, and include dinner. We have tickets for sale here at Duranglers. There will be many fabulous auction items including some great trips.  They will auction off trips on the San Juan, Animas,…

Pike Fly Fishing Clinic

With the warming days of early spring the surface water temps on Navajo Reservoir have been pushing above 40 degrees.  This is good news for fly fishing Pike anglers because the warming water temps will bring Pike into shallow water.  Our other Pike fisheries should open up soon.  Expect the ice to come off Totton…

March 2011 Tip Of The Month

Lately the Animas has been fishing decent from about 10 to 3.  Midges are coming off and, as the weather continues to moderate, we should see more fish looking up.  Look for days with moderating temps and get out there before the low elevation snow dirties up the Animas.  If no serious bug activity, nymph…

Loyal Tee

We just partnered up with a new Colorado company and we think are doing some cool stuff.   Loyal Tee is a t-shirt collective featuring beloved local landmarks.  Check them out at http://www.loyalteeshirts.com/