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|Telluride Fly Fishers|
Water flow: 190 CFS AT PLACERVILLE
Visibility: 20 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 42 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: All Day
Best stretch: From Deep Creek all the way to below Norwood Bridge..
Best access point: Most of the river is public. Look for deeper, slower water.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Tan Caddis. Yellow Sally, BWO (18), Pteronarcis Stonefly.
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: June 25-October 31st (Also March and April)
Nearest airport: TELLURIDE AIRPORT
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
The breathtaking San Miguel River begins high in the mountains above Telluride, Colorado. From Telluride, the troutfishing runs for over 45 miles to the northwest where it eventually becomes a warmwater fishery. The San Miguel is a high gradient, freestone river with average depths between 1 and 3 feet. It has abundant pocket water with occasional pools and riffle-like runs. It holds five species of trout ...
with rainbows and cutbows being predominant. The rocky stream bed lends itself to a plethora of bug life with cadddis flies being the most prevalent. There is a major stonefly hatch of pteronarcys which occurs when the river is high and muddy. Possibly due to this, stonefly nymphs are a major player throughout trout season. Like the Dolores, the whitewater nature of the river makes it difficult to cue on hatches. There are abundant hatches of caddis, which generally occur during extreme high water, when it is too early to fish. Fishing occurs all year, but prime time is late June through October. Dry-dropper rigs work well most of the year. Top dry flies are Stimulators and most varieties of caddis flies. Schroeder hoppers are a must have as the season progresses and the water drops. Double nymphing can be extremely effective in deeper pools and runs (it is difficult to find water over 6 feet deep). Stellar nypmhs are 20 inchers and Orvis tunghead stoneflies. Smaller nymphs include beadhead flashback pheasant tails, Barr's emergers and red and black zebra midges. Most of the 45 mile stretch of trout water is public so find any pull-off that you have to walk a little and expend some energy to get to the river and have some luck.
TRY DOUBLE NYMPHING WITH STONEFLIES ORVIS DOUBLE TUNG STONE -BROWN OR BLACK (SIZE 14) FOR THETOP FLY AND COPPER BOBS, BEADHEAD P,T'S AND BARR'S NETBUILDER (SIZE 18) FOR THE TRAILER.
THE RIVER HAS BEEN STOCKED IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS MAKING FOR SOME DECENT FISHING. CADDIS FLATS HAS BEEN SEEING SOME NICE RAINBOWS GOOD LUCK!