Heads Up FlyFishing, CO
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service in Durango, Colorado
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We fish year-round, float or wade, 365 days a year.
Rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, brook trout, carp, pike, smallmouth bass.
Durango is located at 6,512 feet above sea level, at the base of the San Juan Mountain Range. The Animas, Pine, Florida, and Upper San Juan Rivers are found in pine forests and grassy valleys, with scenic mountain views. Escape the summer heat with a trip to a high-mountain creek surrounded by towering peaks and beautiful wildflowers. We guide a beautiful high mountain lake at 8,400 feet surrounded by aspens and pines, all overlooked by the iconic Engineer Mountain with an elevation of 12,968 feet!
We have a huge range of weather here in the southwest. Typically we have blue skies and lots of sunshine, over 266 days of sunshine on average. In the summer months, we tend to have lows in the 60s F and highs up to 90 degrees. Spring and Fall are a mixed bag with many blue bird days with mild temps in the mid seventies, but the possibility of rain or snowstorms can bring chilly weather down to the 40s. Our lows in the winter can hit single digits, but again, most days are sunny and pleasant. The average high July temperature is 86, average low January temperature is 12.
Half-day guided trips start at $365, Full day Trips up to $595. Additional rod fees may apply for private water options. Prices are located on the bottom of each trip page on our website: www.headsupflyfishing.com
What is Provided:
Guided fishing trips include use of guides, rod and reel if desired. All flies, leader, and tippet for the day are also provided. Full-day trips include a delicious lunch, 3/4 day trips will have a light snack, and half-day trips beverages are provided. Guests are required to purchase the applicable state fishing license for the day. If waders are needed, they can be rented for a daily fee.
I recommend 9-foot rods in 4-6 wt. Most of the time the 4 wt. will throw dries and nymphs well and protects light tippets at the same time. The 9 foot 5 weight is the standard rod for getting it all done in most conditions. 6 weights are the go-to for throwing streamers.Ten foot or even switch rods are good for the higher stretches of the Pine River. I like weight forward floating lines on the 4 and 5 weights. The six weight line is more dependent on the conditions. I fish a floating line quite a bit, but high water or some of the slower deeper stretches on the Lower San Juan call for sinking-tip lines.
Waders are not necessary for float trips, or wading the Animas in late summer. Any other time or for inclement weather, waders with felt or rubber boats are the ticket. I recommend not wearing studs as they lead to problems in the raft or drift boat.
What to Bring:
Guests should bring appropriate clothing for the weather, rain gear (at least a waterproof jacket), sunglasses, sunscreen, a camera. We are proud supporters of the Kick Plastic movement and have eliminated single use water bottles from our guided trips. We provide bottles to use but we love to see our guests supporting this movement on their own and in their daily lives.
We work with various partners to offer you lodging options from stream side cabins and cottages to downtown hotels. We also offer meals and grocery services so you can focus on enjoying your vacation and leave the details to us.
For those with limited mobility, we have options to fit your needs and can get you in and out of the boats without even getting your feet wet.
There are a couple of shuttle services from the airport to town. In town, there are taxi options and Uber for getting around.
We are 100% catch-and-release, but know of a good restaurant or two to get your trout fix!
There are numerous additional activities in the Durango area to take part in while visiting. Winery tours and tasting can be arranged right off the river. Have an incredible river side dinner with customizable action stations and your own private chef. Enjoy a happy hour and hors d'oeuvres at a downtown art gallery. There are numerous spas and natural hot springs to spend some time relaxing. Downtown Durango has lots of shopping options and boasts more restaurants per capita than San Francisco! We are right in the center of the San Juan mountain range and there are endless hiking and biking choices in the immediate area. Mesa Verde National Park is about an hour from town and highlights Anasazi cliff dwellings that are absolutely jaw dropping in their beauty and dramatically set high in the canyon walls.
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