winter fly fishing

Still water fly fishing you just have to experience
This pond has become a fantastic place to fish regardless of ability. If you are just beginning in the sport of fly fishing, or if you have years under your belt on all types of water you will find Root Pond to be a special and exciting place to wet a line.

The fish are big and strong. These "football" shaped rainbow, brown and brook trout are so strong they will rip the rod right out of your hand. The trout range from 1 to 4 pounds with 7 pounders lurking deep in the weed beds. They absolutely love to crush streamers and the gulping dry fly takes are very cool. Be it a diet of crawfish or damsels we have no idea why these fish are so incredibly wicked and strong. Many of these fish have abnormally large girth.

Root is also a fantastic bird sanctuary. So if you like trout and claim to be a bird-nerd, then Root Pond is a great fit for you.

Root Pond
Private 8-acre lake west of Durango Colorado that is home to big, mean and aggressive trout. This deep clear lake grows some monster trout that love dry flies. We have exclusive access to Root Pond that we fish from the comfort of our drift boats. Hang on, these fish are total tuff.

Root Pond Guide Report, Flows and Hatches

Ice, yep Root Pond freezes over in early to late November. We look to be back on the water sometime in March.


Predictions and forecast
The trout just keep getting bigger and bigger with each season and this year we hope to have a chance at fish in the five to six pound range. Are there bigger ones? We'll just have to see. When all of our other fisheries are muddy from snowmelt, Root Pond is a perfect place to spend the day.

Fishing is pretty good with leeches and small nymphs. If the weather is still very warm we will continue to "rest" the fishery. Our main season starts at ice out (early March) and last till July 4th.


Root Pond Lake Levels
Levels are average to slightly below average for this time of year.

Root Pond Insect Hatches
Midges, cali baetis, dragon flies and damsel flies. Ants, beetles and hoppers.

  • Spring: Midges
  • Summer: Midges, ants, beetles, hoppers
  • Fall: Midges
  • Winter: ICE

Insects and food in the system
Caddis pupa (both cased and free), caddis larva, midge larva and pupa, mayfly nymphs, stones, worms. Creek trout also rely on terrestrials as a main food source. Hoppers, ants and beetles.

Root Pond Trophy Trout details
Most trout in Root Pond are a Donaldson-Bailey cross. They definitely show off their steelhead traits with long power runs and thrashing leaps. There are also a few cutbows and brown trout lurking about.

Guided Fly Fishing on the Root Pond
We offer full day guided float trips on Root Pond. The pond is deep and clear, allowing full view of fish cruising weed beds, rock points and long flats in search of grub. We float fish the mini lake from our standard drift boats or skiffs. This gives the angler the ability to spot fish, lead the fish with a cast and hopefully hook and play it. We also offer a combo trip in the spring; fish Root Pond in the morning, then finish the day on the Dolores.

Root Pond Hatches
Summer hatches on Root Pond include large midges, damsel flies, cali baetis, ants and dragon flies.
  • February-March: Some midges, fry, crawfish, aquatic fleas-good streamer fishing
  • April: Giant midges, cali baetis, fry, crawfish, aquatic fleas-great streamer fishing
  • May: Midges, may flies, ants, damsels, dragon flies, fry, crawfish, aquatic fleas
  • June: Damsels, dragons, hoppers, fry, crawfish, aquatic fleas
  • July/Aug/Sep: Too warm to fish
  • Oct/Nov: Midges and streamers
Insects and food in the system
Damsel flies, dragon fly, crawfish, midges, sedge, aquatic flea, snails, may flies and ducklings.

Fly patterns
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