|Custom Meeting Locations
AVA offers custom meeting locations that helps make life easy for you and your group. Avoid a frustrating scramble to find parking on a busy street. Just let us come to you. We'll pick you up and head out to the water. It's just that easy!
Valley Anglers is a home-based
guide service. We do not have a
so our meet locations are catered
to you and your groups needs.
We can meet you and your party
B & B, guest ranch, personal
home, fly shop or on the river.
Meet locations are determined
at the time
of the booking or once contact
is made with your guide prior
days fishing trip. Guides call guests
the night before the trip or a couple
days in advance to introduce themselves
and go over any
trips meet in Durango, Cortez,
Creede, Aztec, Navajo Dam, Mancos,
South Fork, Dolores or Pagosa
Springs. San Juan trips in New
Mexico will meet either in Durango,
Bayfield or a fly shop in navajo
Colorado and New Mexico Fishing License
For most guide trips a fishing license can be picked up on the way to the river. To help streamline the morning guests are more than welcome to purchase them on line prior to the trip. Click the links to the left to buy on line.
day on the water starts in the morning between 7am
and 9am. On full day trips we will break for lunch
between 11am to 1pm, then continue fishing till 3pm
to 5pm, depending on the start time. Meet time and
time on the water can vary a bit depending on transportation,
schedules and fishing conditions.
Custom meet times are available and may be determined
by the guide as well as the clients' wishes. We do
not have set times or schedules when it comes to
day trips are 7 to 9 hours long
depending on the trip and half
day trips are 4 hours long. Short
full days are also available
for those with different needs
and the occasional special situation.
1/2 day trips: 3 1/2 to 4 hours
on the water.
(Snacks and drinks are provided on 1/2 day trips)
day trips: 7 1/2 to 9 hours on the water.
(Stream-side lunch and drinks
trips: We pro rate the guide
on the duration of
time spent fishing.
is included on custom full
person wade trips (San Juan
in New Mexico, Animas and mountain
streams in Colorado)
If you have an odd number of anglers in your group we recommend booking an
additional guide, however we do offer three person wade trips on the San Juan
in New Mexico, the Animas and a select group of mountain creeks. The guide
trip will be billed at our two person rate plus an additional $150 for the
in mind that adding a guide
to a group with an odd number of
anglers will increase the
hands-on instruction each person receives. Adding a guide will also
open up the option
for the group to experience a float trip. There
is a maximum of two guests per boat on float trips.
non-angling friend or spouse
would like to tag-along? No
anglers are more than welcome to
join in on a guide trip with a
spouse or friend. Tagging along
works best on float trips, however
it is also available on wade trips.
(Waders and boots for the tag-along
will be available at no extra cost).
The trip will be billed at our
single angler rate, plus $25 for
the tag-along. On full day trips
lunch is included at no extra cost.
The tag-along is however responsible
for taking photos of trout and
- Spring (March
to the middle of May): Root
Pond, our private pond near
Cortez, is happening big
time in the early spring.
Animas, Dolores, Rio Grande,
the upper San Juan near Pagosa
and the San Juan below Navajo
are all options. Spring Specials
- Summer (Middle
of May to the end of
August): Root Pond fishes well
mid June or when water
temps get a little too warm for
the trout. The Rio, Animas,
upper San Juan and the
Juan in New Mexico are
all happening big time. Mountain
creeks and streams also
to fish well in the middle
of June. Summer
- Fall (September
to the middle of November):
Great time to be the water.
Creeks are fantastic due
to the bright fall colors
and feisty trout. The Animas
is outstanding in the fall
as the large browns start
to get more aggressive. The
San Juan below Navajo Dam
is a consistent fishery in
the cooler months. The Dolores
also fishes pretty well in
- Winter (Middle
of November to late February):
Do away with cabin fever
and fish our year-round fisheries,
the Animas and San Juan below
Navajo Dam in New Mexico.
Crowds are nonexistent and
moderate winter temps make
these two fisheries the best
winter fisheries in the west.
Fish a couple days on your
next ski or snowboard trip.
We also offer specials in
the winter. Winter Fly Fishing
is the best time of year?
guide and fish all twelve months of the year. That
makes the Southwest a fantastic year-round fishing
destination, especially with the consistency of the
San Juan in New Mexico and the Animas that flows
through Durango. Each river, stream and lake in our
region changes with each season of the year. Our
guides are very diverse as to the locations fished
and will move from one fishery to the next depending
on the conditions and fish activity. The guides have
a constant pulse on each fishery. There is always
some were to fish, regardless of the time of year,
weather and snow melt.
to bring, not just for fishing
but any trip to Colorado or
Rain gear, fleece top and bottoms, wool socks, shoes that can get wet or muddy,
polarized sunglasses, hat, medications such as prescribed inhalers or bee sting
kit. Bring a willingness to learn and a sense of adventure, we'll take care
of the rest.
waders along with wading boots and wading belt are
also essential items. Neoprene guard socks also work
well in the summer in wet-wading situations. If you
need waders, boots, belt or neoprene socks for your
trip we'll provide them at no extra cost. Just let
us know your height and shoe size.
is included in a trip?
note that the guide
fee for a two person
trip is for the entire
trip, it is not per person.
and New Mexico guide trips include your professional
guide, flies, terminal
transportation (if needed)
as well as a hearty lunch
that includes drinks.
are also available if they are needed, please
let us know in advance.
you don't have gear (rod/reel
or waders/boots) or you
have no desire to pack yours
along, we can help. All rod/reel
and wader/boots used on the guide
trip are included in
the trip cost. Most guide services tack
these types of additional costs on
to the guide fee. If you are shopping
around make sure ask, because
equipment rental and flies can
run an extra $40 per person.
is not included in a trip?
Colorado or New Mexico fishing
license and gratuity for the guide
are not included in the guide fee.
set up with some B & Bs, guest
ranches, historic hotels, packers
and other businesses we work
with may have additional fees.
Those fees will be detailed at
the time of booking with the
companies out-side of Animas
Valley Anglers. There are no
hidden costs when you book through
Animas Valley Anglers.
are not included in the cost of the guide trip.
Tips help the guides with the numerous expenses
that are involved in each guide day. Lunch, fuel,
flies, gear, shuttles, private land fees, boat
and trailer maintenance are the responsibility
of your guide. Tipping a guide is very similar
to an experience in a restaurant. If you enjoyed
the day of fishing, 15 to 20% of the trip cost
is an average gratuity. If you had an outstanding
trip, many times our guests will go above and beyond.
Your Fishing License On-line
Fishing license in Colorado
is required for anyone 16 years
and older. Colorado residents,
over the age of 65 are not required
to have a fishing license. Click
the link on the left to buy a New Mexico
or Colorado fishing license online.
weather in our region can be very
unpredictable. Even though we have
numerous beautiful sunny days,
there are times that rain and snow
can come in unexpectedly. We will
guide rain or shine. At times in
the summer and fall, torrential
rain storms will cause our local
rivers to muddy up and swell to
un-fishable flows. On occasion,
this forces us to change our plans
and the locations we had planned
to fish. Just remember to be flexible
and ready for an adventure. We
have a number of fishing options
and we will do what it takes to
get you on the best water in any
it safe during a thunder storm
Rods will be put down and
boats parked in the event of lightning,
but we are more than happy to fish
through sleet, rain, snow, cold,
wind and under a bright blue Colorado
sky. On very rare occasions the weather
can force a shortened day, but we'd
much rather take a break, let the
weather clear and keep fishing.