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Colorado Animas River

Characteristics updated 9 months ago
Flow updated about 6 hours ago
Available Segments 2

Welcome to the awe-inspiring world of the Animas River in Colorado, a sanctuary that beckons anglers to immerse themselves in the art of fly fishing. Whether you're taking your first steps or have years of experience, the Animas River offers an unforgettable adventure filled with natural beauty and the thrill of the catch. Join us as we uncover the wonders that await along its pristine banks.

Navigating the Challenges:

Fly fishing on the Animas River presents challenges that make each angling adventure unique. The river's swift currents, hidden eddies, and elusive trout demand patience, skill, and adaptability. Novice and experienced anglers can test their abilities while enjoying the rewards of this enticing fishery.

Preferred Season:

The Animas River offers exceptional fly fishing opportunities throughout the year. However, the preferred season for anglers is typically from late spring to early fall when hatches are abundant, water temperatures are optimal, and the fish are active. During this time, anglers can witness the river come to life and enjoy the best chances of landing their prized catch.

Ideal Flow Rate:

Optimal flow rates contribute to a successful fly fishing experience on the Animas River. Generally, anglers find flow rates between 200 to 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) to be favorable. These moderate flow rates provide a balanced combination of accessible wading conditions and challenging angling scenarios, ensuring a fulfilling experience for anglers of different skill levels.

River Access Considerations:

While accessing the Animas River, it's essential to be mindful of potential river access issues. Private property and limited parking areas may exist along certain sections. Anglers are encouraged to respect landowners' rights and adhere to designated access points to maintain a positive relationship with the local community. Always check local regulations and seek guidance from local resources to ensure a seamless and respectful fishing experience.

Top-Rated Local Fly Shops and Guides:

Tap into the local knowledge and insights of experienced anglers and fly-fishing guides who intimately understand the intricacies of the Animas River. Their expertise can help you identify prime fishing spots, understand hatches, and choose the most effective fly patterns. Local wisdom enhances your angling experience, providing a deeper connection to the river's nuances and increasing your chances of a successful outing.

  • Duranglers: Located in Durango, just a stone's throw from the Animas River, Duranglers is a highly regarded fly shop that offers quality gear, expert advice, and guided fishing trips for anglers of all levels.

River Stewardship and Conservation:

At the heart of fly fishing on the Animas River River lies a deep commitment to river stewardship, sustainability, and conservation. As you embark on your angling journey, practice Leave No Trace principles, respecting the natural environment and minimizing your impact. Together, let's preserve the beauty of the Arkansas River for future generations. For more information on river conservation and how to contribute, visit the nonprofit organization Running Rivers at

Characteristics & Metrics

Natural Flow / Un-dammed / Freestone
High Mountains
⋅ Aug 02, 2023
Slightly off-color
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Current Flow

Animas River - Colorado
Gage Station Temp
(ft ³/s)
(ft ³/s)
animas river at silverton, co. n/a n/a Ice
animas river below silverton, co n/a n/a Ice
animas river at tall timber resort above tacoma,co n/a n/a Ice
animas river at durango, co n/a 94.3 124
animas river blw durango pump plant nr durango, co n/a n/a 158
animas river near cedar hill, nm 32 207 Ice
* Mean data is from Tuesday - February 20, 2024
** Updated about 6 hours ago
*** streamflow is the volume of water flowing past a given point in the stream in a given period of time.(USGS)


* Based on YTD -- 2024
** Toggle legend names for an uncluttered view


* 1 segment listed for the Animas River
Name Fishy Updated
Durango BMX Track / Bike Path · Pretty Darn Fishy 7 months ago


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Craig Hoffman

7 months ago

Flows, clarity, and temp are good to go. Several mid to small browns on dries (stimulator).
Craig Hoffman

almost 2 years ago

Beautiful day on the Animas. Just below town.

Known Fish

Known Fish of the Animas River
Type Species Up To
Trout Brown 12 in.
Trout Rainbow 12 in.
Trout Cutthroat 12 in.
* Fish likely to be found. Size is a approximation.