Dolores River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Fly Fishing Map of Dolores River, CO
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Dolores River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
MAKE THE TRIP TO THE LOWER DOLORES!! AVOID WEEKENDS IF POSSIBLE AS THINGS CAN BE A LITTLE CROWDED THIS TIME OF YEAR.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Dolores River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Telluride Fly Fishers

Water flow: 38 AT RIC0 89 CFS AT DOLORES

Visibility: 3 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 61 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: MORNING OR LATE AFTERNOON UNTIL DARK..

Best stretch: Below Rico to Dolores, Above Rico to Lizard Head, Below McPhee Dam

Best access point: Anywhere that is public

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midge, BWO, Micro- Stonefly (Yellow Sally) CADDIS. PMD. Californicus Stonefly.

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: June 15 - October 20) Winter is slow.

Nearest airport: Montrose Airport

Free Orvis Fish Sticker

Dolores River Description

The pristine Dolores River in the southwest corner of Colorado starts as a series of small feeder streams at 10,200 ft near Lizard Head Pass. It runs through the town of Rico all the way to Dolores, over 48 miles in all where it is then dammed up at McPhee Reservoir. The Dolores is classic, small stream pocket water with occasional pools and rocky runs. It has varied mayfly, stone fly and caddis activity ...

Techniques & Tips

DRY DROPPER TOP FLY---PARACHUTE ADAMS OR BUGMEISTER--SIZE 16. BOTTOM FLY PMD WONDER WIRE OR BWO EMERGER WITH 3-4 OF 6X TRAILER SIZES 18-22.

7-Day Forecast

RECENT RAINS HAVE BLOWN OUT RIVER MAKING FISHING DIFFICULT!!

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