Fishing the Animas

Im a TU member in Western PA and my wife and I are going to make a trip to Durango and would like to fish the Animas and are thinking about having the train to Silverton drop us off along the way. Im not sure if this is a good idea, but would very much like some direction as to where to be dropped off, and if this is a good idea. We dont mind walking to get to quality fish, and to be away from the crowds. Any help would be appreciated.



said on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

You and your wife will not be dissappointed. That area is one of my favorite places to throw a fly. I have not actually fished the animas, but i have fished nearby rivers like the san juan and the uncompahgre. Both are phenominal rivers and I highly recommend them. If you want good advice there is a fly shop on the second floor next to the patio bar at the corner of college and main, and those guys are animas freaks and will tell you all about it and everything you need to know. Also, I am not 100 percent on this but i dont think the Durango- Silverton railroad makes stops im pretty it just goes from one place to the other. But i could be wrong. Hope this helps!

said on Thursday, January 16th, 2014


Thanks for the response.  I have read about the umcompahgre and was t sure where to go  We are looking to wade and get away from the crowds. Any section you would recommend would be appreciated. 

said on Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Well I wouldn't worry too much about crowds unless your going around a holiday. Even then you'll never get the shoulder to shoulder fishing you'll find on a Sunday at cheesman canyon up closer to Denver. If you fish the uncompahgre go below rigdway reservoir there are some monsters down there in the tailwaters. On another note, the drive there from Durango up hwy 550 is the most beautiful drive in the state.

said on Friday, January 17th, 2014

Thanks for your help, we fish mostly in the Eastern United States and going out west is like going to the promised land. We have never been disappointed, look forward to fishing the lower half of Colorado

said on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Since you're in Western PA, you may want to try fishing the Youghiogheny River trophy section, from what I've been told its very similar to western waters. I've fished the Yough with great success in the past, but I've never been out west, so I can't 100% confirm that.

said on Thursday, February 20th, 2014

We do, but mostly in Maryland. I have walked down along the rails to trails some, and fish at the ram cat boat put in.but never went too far down river, with limited results. What would you recommend? Also, If you get the chance go West. Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana are places to see and fish. In both cases, its better then you can imagine.




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