The Florida River – Durango, Colorado
The Red Creek Ranch
The Florida river begins as a trickle from Lillie Lake, high in the Weminuche wilderness. Below there, it cascades through meadows and canyons until it reaches Lemon Reservoir. This segment of river is beautiful and supports a healthy population of wild trout, but good luck getting to the water! There is no trail that parallels the river as it passes through steep, hard to access canyons, and it takes miles of hiking to get there. Below the dam, the river flattens out and becomes some of the best fly fishing in the area. Here’s the rub…It’s all private! The other issue with the Florida is that it’s highly utilized for irrigation. Below the diversion for the Florida canal, flows are so low that fish populations are sparse and stressed. This leaves about 10 miles of private water between the dam and the canal. An easy 15 minutes from Durango, Red Creek Ranch represents a half mile of this scenic and productive tailwater. Anglers have the opportunity to fish either the Florida River or a private pond, which is great during the runoff season when rivers are mostly unfishable.
The Red Creek Ranch
- 15 minutes from Durango
- Easy access to river and pond
- Private water pond on site
- Great fishing during runnoff
Red Creek Ranch
Red Creek Ranch is a beautiful property with well built structure in the river, picturesque ponds and well maintained grounds.
Big browns and rainbows hold in deep, man-made holes and long beautiful runs. The ponds are also brimming with trout and carp as well. The lower portion of the river and the ponds are all very easily accessible, even for some of the more mobility challenged anglers. The top portion of the river is more challenging for anglers with thicker brush and faster moving water, but there are certainly fish holding there as well.
On the lower Florida, flows can vary significantly depending on the time of year and drought conditions. But one thing that is consistent is water clarity and temperature. Being a tailwater fishery, temps remain cold and clear year round. Making it a perfect spot for spring hatches that are typically difficult to fish due to high, turbid water. You won’t miss the June stonefly hatches if you book a day at Red Creek Ranch. In addition to that, fish are healthier, more resilient and caught less often at this private, catch and release only, tailwater location. That means fish are more likely to live longer, grow larger and be more active providing a more exciting and productive experience for anglers visiting this location.
A beautiful one mile stretch on the lower Animas River, where large browns and rainbows feed on productive hatches all year long. EXPLORE
The only thing bigger than this stretch is the size of the fish holding there! If you are looking for a place to keep you and all your buddies busy all day this is the place. Over a mile of prime private water access with a proven history of big days. Wonderful riffles, deep holes, and long runs cascade down this picturesque property. EXPLORE
Experience the natural world on this "mini Yellowstone" while fishing a pristine stretch of the Animas River. EXPLORE
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