September Durango Fly Fishing Forecast

1 September 2014
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1 September 2014, Comments: 0
September Durango Fly Fishing Forecast

The end of Summer has begun.  As melancholy as some feel, it is a fact we all have to face.  The height of summer dry fly season is past, and now it is time for other matters to attend to.  The first order of business: Fall fishing.  Now, while Fall does not have the mega hatches of Drakes and Stoneflies that the Summer boasts, there are other benefits to Autumn fishing.

The first of course is the beauty.  When else can you get out on the water in the midst of nature’s firework show in the form of changing leaves.  The high country is especially spectacular this time of year as entire hillsides ignite in golden splendor.  The settings of September cannot be had any other time of year and the high country still fishes amazingly well.

Secondly, the summer crowds have dissipated and large stretches of water can be had to oneself.  These are great days for deep thinkers and philosophical writers to be wetting a line.

Andy Florida River

Finally; streamers are back in style.  Big browns are moving for their yearly spawn and with cooling water temps, big fish will aggressively attack any vulnerable looking baitfish imitation.  Don’t rule out fishing a mouse as well; anything that looks big and edible is fair game for these hangry fish.

September is also one of the best times of year to fish hoppers as they are out in droves as we speak.  A hopper with a bead head dropper is an absolutely killer set up until our first freeze.

Don’t forget that because of the cooling temps, pike do come back to hunt in shallower waters in our local lakes and reservoirs.  Pull out the 8wt and 10 in pike streamers and get after these vicious predators.

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:
Fall Spud
High Country:

Any attractor patterns will work.  Have SMALL Humpies, Royal Wulffs, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Neversink Trude, and Parachute Adams on hand in sizes 14-20.  Small for the lower waters and spookier fish.  Try a mouse pattern if you are so inclined… If you must go under, a size 8-12 olive bugger; 16-20 Copper Johns, Pheasant Tails, and other bead head nymphs always work.  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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