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Fly Fishing the Upper Animas River – Durango, Colorado

Diger Mountain Ranch

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Diger Mountain Ranch

Experience the natural world on this “mini Yellowstone” while fishing a pristine stretch of the Animas River just north of Durango, Colorado.

Fly fishing the Upper Animas River is convenient for anyone traveling through Southwest Colorado or staying in Durango. At Diger Mountain Ranch, experience the natural world like only Colorado can provide. Long deep pools and plentiful fish-holding structures abound on this stretch of the Upper Animas. And a large herd of elk can be seen on almost a daily basis as they move between a thick stand of cottonwoods just north of the property to pastures on the ranch and just across the river.

The property is an easy drive from Durango. It’s completely flat, giving anglers easy access to their own part of the river for the day. Look for the caddis hatch in the summer and don’t be afraid to strip streamers year-round. If you’re searching for a great way to spend the day on your next trip to Southwest Colorado, this “mini Yellowstone” won’t disappoint.


Length of river stretch: 2,200 ft

River type: Freestone

Species: Brown & Rainbow Trout



Price Per Day: $157.50 per rod (max 4 anglers)

Camping Available:  $75 per night

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Diger Mountain Ranch


  • 15 minutes from Durango, Colorado
  • Upper Animas River Valley

Provided by the USGS

Current River Conditions


  • Streamflow: 127 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 2.09 ft
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