Re: Help with guides in Durango CO
I just came back from Durango fly fishing trip. I agree with what other gentlemen said about Durangler. They are nice and show you which flies will work.
But I know the place enough that I did on my own. First day I went down to San Juan river around texas hole and and fish around a place called kiddie pool. Fish are small but they bite. I went up to north to a place called upper main channel and caught about two fat 18 inchers. The key flies were size 26 inch midges. Second day I went up near a sky resort called Pergatory and fish streams around there. Actually I went to Cascade creek. We caught lots of brookies but hiking was hard perhaps because the altitude is high. You can use any caddis pattern or attractor pattern.
Having said that, I would recommend hire a guide from Durangler or any other fly shop because the two places i mentioned can pose some threats in terms of the depth of the water and wild animals up in the mountain. Speaking of cautions that you need to practice, there are so many mosquitoes in San Juan river and please bring a big bottle of bug spray. The sun is really strong so bring some sun cream as well. I am recovering from a big sun burn.
Another place I thought I should give a shot was Animas river. I was walking with my wife through downtown and looked down the river from a bridge and found some big fish lurking behind big rocks. Last year due to lots of rain the river was not fishable but this year water is low and appears to me that if you try some streamer pattern you may catch big trouts.
Have fun and stay safe.