The new Ross Animas Fly Reel boasts some new fly reel features at an economical price and will be the new hot reel in 2015, with it's perfect price point, lightweight large arbor ported frame and smooth drag the Animas is the perfect Ross fly reel for trout waters in the west.
You can convert the Ross Animas from left to right without any tools and the fly reel as a size range from 3/4 to 11/12 that will fit the needs of any serious angler.
The single-piece spool is ported which makes it lighter and pleasing to the eye. The handle of the Ross Animas has a reverse taper and is fully anodized machined aluminum, which is a first for Ross. The Animas reel has already been a big hit with the Platte River Fly Shop and we can personally tell you that our customers thus far have been very happy with the Ross Animas Reel.
The Animas River flows through southwest Colorado and will keep on running; just like the newest reel from Ross: The "Animas". This large arbor reel has solid aluminum frame components and two toned anodized finish. The Animas has a low start up inertia coupled with a smooth and powerful drag. No tools are needed to switch the drag from left to right.
Ross Fly Reels also donates 10% from each sale of a USA-made product to conservation, so you can feel even better about your purchase so get your Animas Fly Reel today.
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The Animas river is a major white water rafting attraction accounting for 8.9% of Colorado's commercial rafting market while annually generating 45,411 commercial user days and direct expenditures of $5,207,033 (2011 est).The Animas is a freestone fishery well populated with rainbow, brown, Colorado River cutthroat, and brook trout. It is considered a gold medal fishery above Rivera Bridge Crossing in Colorado. Recreational fishing with artificial lures and flies on the Animas is available year-round due to moderate winter weather. Insect hatches of aquatic diptera and mayflies occur in the winter and spring months. In late spring, summer and through fall the Animas sees caddisfly and mayfly hatches as well as terrestrials such as grasshoppers. Animas trout average 12 to 16 inches (30 to 41 cm). Larger trout in the 17 to 22 inches (43 to 56 cm) are occasionally caught by anglers. Brown trout as large as 36 inches (91 cm) have been caught in the Animas.
Spanish explorer Juan Maria de Rivera of Santa Fe recorded the name "Rio de las Animas" (in English, River of Souls) in 1765. One theory is that the full name of the river was once "Rio de las Animas Perdidas" (River of Lost Souls), although this idea may indicate confusion with the Purgatoire River of southeastern Colorado.
The Animas River rises high in San Juan Mountains of Colorado at the confluence of the West and North forks at the ghost town of Animas Forks and flows south past the ghost towns of Eureka and Howardsville. At Silverton, the river flows into the Animas Canyon. The Durango and Silverton Narrow gauge railroad follows the river through the canyon to Durango. From Durango the river flows south into New Mexico through the town of Aztec to its confluence with the San Juan River at Farmington. The only major tributary of the Animas River is the Florida River which confluences just north of the Colorado–New Mexico border.
The ancestral Puebloan site of Aztec Ruins National Monument is situated along the river in the present day town of Aztec and for much of its course the river flows through native Ute and Navajo lands.
Numerous irrigation ditches serve the surrounding farmland along the river. The Durango Pumping Plant, completed in 2011, as part of the Animas-La Plata Water Project, draws an average annual of 57,100 acre-feet from the river, for storage in Lake Nighthorse.
The Animas serves as habitat to resident and migratory bald eagles which arrive in the winter months to take advantage of the ice-free river.
In August 2015, the La Plata County Sheriff's Office was forced to close the river to the public after a crew working for the EPA released approximately 3 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas. The plug was accidentally removed while investigating a leak at the Gold King Mine. The mine was last active in the 1920s, but it had been leaking toxic water at a rate of 50 to 250 gallons a minute for years. The spill contained the toxic metals arsenic, cadmium, and lead, as well as the metals aluminum and copper. There may be other toxic heavy metals in the plume.
The spill changed the color of the river to orange, and the spill was described as "devastating" by Kim Stevens, the director of Environment Colorado, who said that businesses who rely on the river for profit might have to close down. The river's fish population might also be at risk due to the toxic waste that now runs through the river.