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The Animas River is a free flowing river that offers fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, nature viewing and a relaxing place to spend time. The Animas begins as a small stream north of Silverton and flows south through Durango Colorado. The Animas flows through Southern Ute lands before meeting with the San Juan near Farmington New Mexico.
Fishing the Animas for brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout is available year-round. Winter offers nymph fishing in the deep pools for feisty trout. As spring snow-melt occurs in March and April the fish move to the banks, runs and pockets. Streamers, nymphs and dry flies will take willing trout that can grow from 8 to 20 plus inches. Late April through late May makes for tricky fishing but great rafting due to high river flows and limited visibility. After the high, muddy waters subside June, July and August offers excellent dry fly fishing. Fall is a magic time with the changing leaves and fantastic fishing.
The Animas is a great rafting river with a lot of diversity. The Animas is rated class 1 to 5. The town waters are a fun and bouncy class 1 to 3 ride that is great for the family looking for a little thrill. The waters south of Durango are a bit more on the mellow side. Class 1 to 2 waters with most of the river flowing through Southern Ute land (permit required to put-in and take-out). The upper Animas, from Silverton to Rockwood, is a challenging expert-only run with class 4 and 5 rapids. Guide services are available for the upper Animas as well as the Durango waters.
Fly fishing guide services: Animas Valley Anglers Fly Fishing Guide Service, Rocky Mountain Angler
Rafting and Kayaking: Southwest Whitewater, Mild To Wild, Four Corners River Sports, Flexiable Flyers, and Durango Rafting Company.