Fishing Season: June 25-October 31st (Also March and April)

San Miguel River - CO

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Map of San Miguel River

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 4/7/22

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Techniques & Tips as of 4/7/22

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Local Species Available June 25-October 31st (Also March and April)

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Telluride Fly Fishers's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer olive 12
Oliver Edwards Rhycophila Larva green 16
Troutmaster Nymph - Hare's Ear grey 12
Lightning Bug silver 18
tunghead zebra midge red or black 20
p.t emerger brown 18
Orvis CJ Nymph chartreuse 18
Orvis CJ Nymph green 16
copper wire emerger copper 16
Doculator orange 12

Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer

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Telluride Fly Fishers's Recommended Gear

Description: About San Miguel River

The breathtaking SanMiguelRiver 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 pre-dominant. The rocky streambed 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, stoneflly 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 primetime 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 sesaon 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.

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May flys and Midges, and i am using a plastic egg pegged an inch above the last fly. Swing a big streamer in the deep pockets.

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Best Stretch:

From Deep Creek all the way to below Norwood Bridge..

Best Access:

Most of the river is public. Look for deeper, slower water.