Animas Valley Anglers (AVA)...the nitty gritty
AVA offers the best fly waters in the West, period. Great waters paired
with top-rated guides assures you the best fly fishing experience available. AVA guides pride themselves on no-pressure guiding that is professional, educational and enjoyable.
Regardless of your ability we welcome you, along with your friends and family to visit us here in the Southwest for a taste of the good life.

New to fly fishing? No problem, all AVA guides are great teachers and instructors. Every AVA trip is tailored to match the different ability levels in a group and the type of trip you are looking for. Even veterans out there with many years under their wading belt will enjoy one of our many guided float or wade trips.

Guided float or wade fly fishing trips for trophy trout on the San Juan River Quality Waters in northern New Mexico and on 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 Animas River is high and muddy due to snow melt. We should be back at it in a couple weeks. The Animas is a year-round fishery that flows from Silverton down-stream through Durango. AVA offers wade and float-fishing trips on over 70 miles of the Animas River. We offer special winter rates for our Animas wade trips. Click the links for more info!

Solid midge hatches with a few BWOs helps make for great nymph and dry fly fishing. The San Juan offers some of the best fishing in the west! Great time to float-fish or wade this bucket-list fishery. AVA offers year-round float and wade trips on all three sections of the Juan.

The Rio Grande is still iced in spots but opening up slowly. We will be floating and wade fishing the Rio in early April. AVA offers miles and miles of float fishing near Creede and down-stream through South Fork Colorado. The Rio is a must fish for the dry-fly fanatic. Shhhhhh the streamer, popper and nymph fishing is good too. Click for more info.


The Pine River flows have bumped and is fishing solid with streamers and nymph rigs. The Pine offers a solid chance at a trout over 10-pounds! Yep, 10-plus pounds! The Pine fishes well above Vallecito Reservoir as well as below on private waters. AVA offers guide trips on both public and private water on the Pines. Click for more info!


The upper San Juan near Pagosa Springs is high and muddy. Fishing around Pagosa has been OK. The Upper Juan has a strong trout population and stunning scenery. AVA guided float trips through Mesa Canyon when flows and conditions allow. Season is late March into July. To book this special fishery drop us a line.


The mountain streams are cold and high. We look to be in the high country in late spring. Alpine creeks offer fly anglers endless opportunities to cast fluffy dries and beaded nymphs to pretty trout in our most scenic areas of the Southwest. AVA offers numerous high country fishing adventures for all ability level. Easy walks, moderate hikes or big adventures are available.


The Dolores is currently low with marginal fishing success. This wild canyon is full of deer, bears, rattlesnakes, mountain lions, tall pines and a small handful of technical trout. This stream will test the skills of the most ardent angler. The upper Dolores River is flowing high and stained.