Rick Hooley

Rick is one of the most genuine guys you will ever come across. Rick has nearly the most guide and angling experience in the history of the San Juan River below Navajo Dam. He is the owner of Rocky Mountain Anglers and has been a big part of the growth of Animas Valley Anglers in the early years. With the San Juan being just one fishery in a region loaded with diverse angling options, Rick is now offering Colorado guide trips to his long-time San Juan clients through AVA. He also offers guide trips on the San Juan for his return clients and friends. He is a great guy to work with and is a tremendous guide. His patience is unmatched.

Guide Waters
  • San Juan Quality Waters - wade and float
  • San Juan Lower River floats
  • Mountain Creeks
  • Root Pond
When Not Guiding
Just because he might have a rare dayoff from guiding does not mean this vetran angler will not get out there on the water for some "me" time. Off the water Rick spends time traveling the Southwest with his family. Rick is also an accomplished bow hunter. He spends countless hours in pursuit of elk and other big game in southwest Colorado, northern New Mexico and the world.
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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