Durango August Fly Fishing Report

5 August 2014
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5 August 2014, Comments: 0

Durango August Fly Fishing Report

August is here, and with it a fishing forecast we have not seen in the past few years.  Thanks to the extended monsoonal rains (that are still happening with ferocity), our local waterways are seeing a good amount of water coming into August.  This is fantastic news for those planning a fishing trip in the Durango area this month.

Because of our monsoon rains, the water temps have been keep down while the water levels have been kept at a higher flow.  This has caused fish to feed throughout the day and not seek cover from the scorching summer sun.  Local rivers are still producing great hatches of Caddis and PMDs and our high country is currently lights out fishing.  Terrestrial season has begun and trout are looking to chow down on some meaty hoppers.  Make sure to check out our our frequently updated Durango Area River Reports page before you head to out!


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:
High Country:

Any attractor patterns will work.  Have Humpies, Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Trude, or Parachute Adams on hand in sizes 10-16.  Try a mouse pattern if you are so inclined… If you must go under, a size 8-10 olive bugger, Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, and other bead head nymphs always work.  These fish are not too selective.  For lakes fish Simi-Seal Leaches, Callebaetis nymphs and dries, Adult DamselfliesFoam DamselfliesUltra Damsel Nymphs, and dragonfly nymphs as well as ant’s and beetles.

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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