Animas Valley Anglers
Guided float or wade fly fishing trips for trophy trout (plus nice regular sized trout) on the San Juan River Quality Waters in northern New Mexico as well as the Animas River near Durango Colorado in southwest Colorado. Animas Valley Anglers offers year-round professionally guided fly fishing trips on all the great waters of the Southwest. This includes the famous San Juan below Navajo Dam, Animas, Rio Grande, Dolores, upper San Juan, Pine, Piedra, Florida, mountain creeks, private waters and regional lakes. Beginner to expert anglers welcome.

The streams and rivers in southwest Colorado along with the San Juan below Navajo Dam offer fantastic spring fishing. It has been a big fish year so far and we expect more of the same. Float and wade options are opening up as the weather warms and flows increase. Exciting time of year. Drop us a line for info and to lock down a couple days on our premiere waters. Let us help you plan your Colorado or San Juan dream trip today!


Lake Night Horse opened after much anticipation on April 1st 2018. The lake has not been fished (legally) since the lake began to fill in 2009. Browns and rainbows have been in the lake from the start when they started pumping water from the Animas. There has also been a stocking program in place the past few years. Opening day was busy, but every one spread out and fishing was a blast. The thought of a 20 pound brown is on your mind with every cast.


If you have not meet Derek Ems yet you need to. He is quickly becoming one of the top guides in the Southwest. He is humble, patient, fun, knowledgable and "fishy" as heck. Guests just rave about him. He just completed his Coast Guard license and will be offering trips for the giant pike, bass and trout that patrol our local reservoirs. Click his photo for bio (will be posted soon).


Bailey Conaty brings so much awesomeness to AVA. This will be her 3rd season with AVA. From running the AVA ladies clinics to float and wade trips she brings a lot to a guide trip. Patience and fish smarts makes her one of the best guides in the region. If your wife or girlfriend is looking for coaching by a lady Bailey is the one for you.
Click her photo for bio (will be posted soon).


April 13th 2018. The San Juan and Animas are two of the best spring fisheries in the West. The Animas has bumped in flow a bit with steady fishing. BWO's are king with some midges kicking around. Caddis nymphed at various depths are also productive. For you streamer junkies you'll be stoked to hear some big fish are on the chase. The Juan below Navajo Reservoir has been a lot fun with trout focused on midges, BWO's, leeches and junk patterns. Like most times of the year you gotta nymph, but depending on the day you can find fish on dries. The San Juan flow is around 600cfs. The Pine is way low right now and we are looking forward to flows increasing late in April. Regional lakes are heating up on the bass, pike and trout fronts. Our newest lake, Lake Night Horse has been a blast!