Dolores River Fly Fishing

The 36th most popular fly fishing river in Colorado.

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Northeast of Delores and southwest of Telluride, the Dolores River is popular with fly fishermen. The Dolores River starts up near Lizard Head Pass and runs downstream 48 miles to McPhee Reservoir. You can expect to find rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and cutthroat trout.

Some of the best sections for fly fishing on the Dolores River is near the town of Rico. There are plenty of deep pools and long riffles. The challenge downstream of Rico is the private property along the banks. The best public access is upstream of Rico.

Overall, Dolores River is the 36th most popular fly fishing river of all 47 fly fishing spots in Colorado.

Dolores River with Duranglers Outfitters (CO/US)

Dolores River with Duranglers Outfitters (CO/US)

Dolores River (CO/US)

Dolores River (CO/US)


Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 882-7296; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO

Recommended Book:  "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Wendy Gunn

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Priest Gulch Campground

Luxury Loding:  Dunton Hot Springs, Delores (970) 882-4800

Breakfast Restaurant:  Vic's Diner, Dolores; The Coffee Shop, Dolores

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.779161, -107.956553

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  6/23/2016

ID:  21729


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