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Do The Best Places to Fly Fish Near Telluride

Telluride really is an angler’s paradise, with some of the finest trout streams in the Rocky Mountains along with countless high country lakes, ponds and alpine creeks that make for stellar fly fishing year-round—even in winter. Here’s a guide to the best spots for fly fishing Telluride, CO and its environs any time of year


San Miguel River  

The town’s “backyard” river just happens to be one of the last undammed, untamed rivers in Colorado and one of the best places for Telluride fly fishing. You’ll want to fish the colder runs high above Telluride, near Placerville, for rainbow trout and the “cutbow” hybrid during the peak summer season, and the lower river for warmer waters in the winter and spring.

Check out the latest Telluride Fly Fishing Report for the San Miguel River


Dolores River 

The San Miguel eventually joins the warmer waters of the Dolores River, with the San Juan Mountains as a picturesque backdrop. One of the most popular stretches is below the dam near McPhee Reservoir. But for fishing in true serenity, check out hidden spots in the Upper Dolores and its feeder creeks. While best known for brown trout, the Dolores is also home to cutthroat, rainbow, and cutbow trout. While some Colorado rivers offer outstanding winter fishing, the best seasons to fish here are the summer and fall.

Check out the latest Telluride Fly Fishing Report for the Dolores River  


Uncompahgre River

Situated inside Ridgway State Park, the 1,000-acre Ridgway Reservoir is periodically restocked with rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout, providing stellar fishing. But for landing trophy-sized trout, anglers often head to the tailwaters of the Uncompahgre River right below the reservoir, excellent year-round, even in winter.

Check out the latest Telluride Fly Fishing Report for the Uncompahgre River


Gunnison River

The “Gunny,” as it’s known locally, has a reputation for being one of the finest fly fishing destinations in the U.S. Its specially-designated “Gold Medal Waters,” located between the Crystal Reservoir dam and confluence with the Smith Fork, is known for its abundance of large rainbow and brown trout from spring to fall.

Check out the latest Telluride Fly Fishing Report for the Gunnison River


For Telluride fishing, a fishing license is required and can be purchased at most sporting good shops. While avid anglers can certainly head out on their own, the help of a local guide or outfitter can prove useful, especially if you want to access private waters. Ask our Concierge to arrange a guided fishing trip, or choose from one of the local fly fishing guides in Telluride, CO below:


Rigs Fly Shop & Guide Service

Telluride Outside

Telluride Angler

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