Pond private waters and
Pond is an 8-acre private
trophy trout lake that
Animas Valley Anglers has
exclusive access to fish. Root
Pond is tucked away in draw
Durango, hidden amongst the rolling
Pinto bean fields surrounded
by Pinion Pine, sage brush and
small willows. The
fish are big and strong.
rainbow trout are so strong
they will rip the rod right out
your hand. Monster
trout ranging in size from 1
to 7 pounds, and they crush streamers
and dries. Be it a diet of crawfish
or damsels we have no idea why
these fish are so incredibly
mean and strong. Many of these
fish have abnormally large girth.
Late February or early March kicks off our Root Pond season and extends to early
July. Our fall season starts in late September and goes through October depending
on air air and water temps.
the spring, fish destroy streamers
and will pounce on midges. The
midges, looking like bats, are
large compared to their San Juan
cousins. April through June is
when the cali baetis and damsel
flies hatch. There will be thousands
of blue adult damsels flying
and mating all over the place,
and it is common to see mating
pairs snatched from the air by
an aggressive, impatient trout.
Due to the high protein diet
some fish are as big around as
they are long. Fish size ranges
from 13 to 24 inches.
Catch rates can vary, depending on hatches and fishing conditions, but 20
fish to the fly per day, per rod is fairly typical.
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.
pond is deep and clear, allowing
full view of fish cruising weed
beds, rock points and long flats
in search of grub. We float it
in 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.
Root Pond Guide
Trips and Rates
All our guide trips for Colorado
and the San Juan River in New Mexico include:
(including secret guide patterns)
lunch with drinks
you or any one in your group needs
to use a rod and reel and/or
waders for the day, no
problem, we will supply high-end gear at no
extra cost. Most
guide services tack that,
as well as flies, on to the
and your group are saving over
float trips do not include:
Colorado fishing license and customary gratuity for the guide.