Duranglers November Fishing Report – Creeping Winter

5 November 2015
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5 November 2015, Comments: 0

Duranglers November Fishing Report – Creeping Winter


From the much celebrated snow storm we had the past two days to a drop in temps, we are noticing it more and more: winter is creeping up on us.  Many of us have responded accordingly by throwing on an extra layer in the morning and working on our winterizing chores of splitting wood and tuning up vehicles.

Before the snow really flies and the ski slopes are at the top of everyone’s priority list, there is some good fishing that must be had this month.  First on our list is the San Juan River (when isn’t it first?).  With a forecast of sunny and mid 40s, we should expect to see some good hatches of midges and baetis coming off mid-day.  November is a sweet month to be on the San Juan River because we tend to find ourselves with large stretches of water all to ourselves.

In fact, having large stretches of water all to ourselves could be a theme for November.  The Animas can be particularly sweet in November when the mercury drops and everyone else is watching football.  Remember to go smaller with your bugs (unless you want to try a streamer slow and deep).

A few other options right now are the Lower Pine and Piedra on the Ute reservation as well as any kind of inlet you can find.  Big fish have been moving from lakes into feeder creeks and rivers for the past month or so.  Browns are spawning and the rainbows tend to follow and gorge themselves on eggs before the big freeze.

And, if you happen to be a severe creek junkie, you could always go toss small indicator rigs into deep, tight pools for small fish.  It may yield a few fish until the snow gets too deep.


Insects and Natural Food Sources

If you have any questions on a specific river; please call the shop for more info.  970-385-4081

Recommended Fly Patterns


San Juan River:
 Animas, Piedra, Upper San Juan, and SW CO rivers:


Rio Grande:
Lower Dolores:


  • · Trout – Sowbugs, Leech patterns, chronomids, small baitfish and streamers, Simi Seal Leeches.  Barry’s Carp Bitters


High Country:
  • · Attractor dries:  16-20 – Humpies, Stimulators, Royal Wulff, Royal Chubby, H&L Variants, Purple Haze.
  • · Attractor nymphs:  14-20 – Prince, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tails, Soft Hackle Wet Flies, Dirty Bird
  • · Small streamers such as buggers and Simi-Seal Leeches
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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