Ralph Blanchard

Ralph was settling nicely into retirement when Will pulled him out to join the AvA crew. Ralph is the glue of AVA working as GM and booking agent. At times he also fills in as a shuttle driver.

Ralph, along with wife Jan they made Colorado home in 2000. Ralph's long Naval career that had them living and exploring all corners of the globe. Captain Ralph Blanchard is the friendliest person you'll ever meet. He is a absolute pleasure to talk with. When booking a guide trip he'll cover all the details and have you laughing through the entire conversation.

Ralph's free time is spent writing, skiing and being Grandpa to Ila Grace Graham. Beth Graham gave birth to Ila on September 20, 2006 making Ralph a Grandfather. This also makes Will an uncle!
We are the best, that's right, the best guide service that is based out of Durango Colorado and fishes the entire southwest. We are strickly a guide service, no retail operations to ... moredistract us from what is truly important, the trout. We offer custom and peronalized fly fishing trips on all the great waters of the southwest. That includes the San Juan Quality Waters (plus the mid and lower river), Rio Grande, Animas, upper San Juan, Dolores (upper and lower), Pine, Florida, mountain creeks, Root Pond trophy trout lake, headwaters and more!

We are open, and more than willing to fish 365 days a year. We offer killer spring wade and float trips, solid summer hatches, fall adventures and very consistent winter angling. Great guides, all with the knowledge and personalities to make sure your time on the water with Animas Valley Anglers is special and rewarding. No pressure guiding, great teachers, stunning scenery and a few nice trout will help make memories that will last a life time time (year after year)!
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