Cabin Fever Spring Special!
March 1 - April 30

AVA Trips Include
Guide trips in Colorado and on the San Juan River (New Mexico) include:

  • AVA Endorsed Professional Guide
  • Free Flies (including some secret guide patterns)
  • Terminal Tackle
  • Hearty stream-side lunch with drinks
  • Transportation (if needed)
  • Rod/Reel and Waders/Boots (if needed or requested)

If you or any one in your group needs to use a rod and reel and/or waders and boots for the day, no problem! We supply high-end gear at no extra cost. Most guide services tack that on to the bill. Plus many charge for every fly used and/or lost. Right there you and your group could be saving over $50 or more per angler.

Adding a third Angler
Three person wade trips are only available on select trips and are subject to availability. Cost is based on our two person rate plus $125 for the third angler. Additional taxes and fees are not included ($10). Trips taking place on private waters will be billed the single angler private land fee.

Animas Valley Anglers Guide Rates for the 2018 Season
We offer the best fly fishing guides in southwest Colorado and northern New Mexico on the World-class San Juan River. Our goal is to get you, regardless of ability into the best fishing situation and help make your fishing vacation the best it can be. All of our guide trips are catered to you, our guest.

We are still working on our on-line booking feature, but in the meantime just drop us a line or click our e-mail form. Clicking the "Booking" buttons will land you on our email form. Fill it out or just call us! Looking forward to having you out on the water.

Colorado Fly fishing

Colorado Guided Fly Fishing
Great waters during the prime-time of the fishing season. Guide rates cover Animas float and wade trips, Upper San Juan floats near Pagosa Springs plus the Dolores, high country creeks, headwaters as well as remote hike and wade trips on the Pine and Florida. Still water fishing on regional lakes are also included in our Colorado rates.

Colorado trips do not include: Colorado fishing license, permit &
fees ($45) and customary gratuity for the guide.

San Juan River Fly Fishing

San Juan Quality Waters and Mid River
The San Juan River is alive with insect hatches and actively feeding trout 365 days a year. Fish can be caught using an array of techniques; dries, streamers and the ever productive nymphs.
It is a world-famous river for a reason, lots of fish and lots of big fish. The waters that flow from Navajo Dam offer technical trout on small flies and light tippet. Have an AVA guide show you the tricks and techniques to help you hook-up on these trophy trout.

Mid river float or wade trips are located below the Quality Waters and offer anglers more diverse waters and at times a less crowded experience. This section of river is great for kids or new anglers. All of our San Juan wade and float trips are the perfect trip for beginner, intermediate and experienced anglers.

San Juan QW and Mid River trips do not include: New Mexico (NM)
fishing license, NM tax & fees ($45), and customary
gratuity for the guide.

Rio Grande Float Fishing
Rio Grande float trips are one of our most requested and popular trips of the season. The Rio offers some of the best dry fly and streamer fishing in the West. Depending on flows float season starts in late March and goes through the fall. Salmon fly, Golden stones, stones, caddis, PMDs, tricos and drake hatches start in June and last through the summer months. Great streamer fishing in late March through early May. Fall offers steady hopper, streamer and popper fishing. All fly fishing ability levels will enjoy the Rio.

Rio Grande float trips do not include: Colorado fishing license, permit and
fees ($45) and customary gratuity for the guide

San Juan Lower River
This is a very special section of river flowing 13 stunning miles through public and private ranch land. Spring offers great streamer and nymph fishing for feisty browns and bows in the deeper pools. Summer and fall months offer consistent nymph, streamer and dry fly fishing to eager trout feeding in riffles and long runs. This adventure is only available as a full day trip due to the float distance. Perfect for beginner to expert anglers alike. This section sees limited float or wade pressure.
No crowds, wild fish and stunning scenery. Another client and guide favorite.

We do offer a condensed version of this trip utilizing private put-ins and takes-outs as well as wade fishing when flows allow. We also offer a 1/2 day option for the lower Juan. Click private waters to see the options for the lower river.

San Juan Lower River trips do not include: New Mexico (NM) fishing
license, NM tax & fees ($45), and customary
gratuity for the guide.

4x4 Jeep Adventure & Fly Fishing
This fly fishing adventure is one part 4x4 Jeep trip, one part scenery and one big part trout. As you travel the rugged mountain roads in the comfort of a modern 4X4 jeep you will be taking in one jaw-dropping vista after another. Wildlife and wild flowers are abundant, and so are the trout that call the headwaters home. The fishing is on small non-crowded waters that are teaming with trout. This is a very full day trip that offers the adventure of a jeep trip with fantastic fly fishing for wild trout. This special trip has limited availability, please feel free to contact us for info and to book this trip.

4x4 Jeep trips do not include: Colorado fishing license, permit &
fees ($45), jeep rental ($175) and customary gratuity for the guide.

Historic Train and Trout Fly Fishing Adventure
This is a wonderful trip offering anglers a glimpse into the past while fly fishing crystal-clear streams for brookies, rainbows and cutthroat trout with breath-taking views in every direction. After a fun morning of fishing enjoy a relaxed ride back to Durango on the historical Durango-Silverton train. What a great way to spend a day!

Details: We meet our guests at the train depot parking lot, then travel to Silverton for a long half days fishing adventure. After lunch we drop our guests off in Silverton to meet train and ride the historical rails back to Durango. Our guests vehicle will be waiting for them were we left it in the morning. This trip is offered in the summer and fall months. Fly fishing train trip is perfect for photographers, families and anglers of all abilities.

Durango-Silverton Train and Trout trips do not include: Colorado fishing license, permit & fees ($45), train tickets and customary gratuity for the guide.

private waters

Private Waters Guided Trips
We offer some fantastic private waters for trophy trout. Our private waters are available on regional streams as well as still water. Fisheries include the Animas, Pine and more. Get away from the crowds and book a day on a special day on fantastic waters. Limited availability, so book your trip today.

Private water trips do not include: Rod fees, Colorado or New Mexico
fishing license, fees ($45) and customary gratuity for the guide.