San Miguel River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This free flowing river runs west-southwest from headwaters above Telluride high in the San Juan Mountains. It is the largest tributary of the Dolores River. Set in a narrow, steep red rock canyon, the river gradient drops about fifty feet per mile. This makes for some challenging wading. There are fifty miles of good fly fishing water, including the South Fork, that are in mostly natural and undeveloped settings. Over 90 percent of the river and its major feeder creeks are accessible and public water.
Types of Fish: Brook trout in the upper river and creeks and, in the main section, some reproducing cutthroat, and brown, rainbow and hybrid cutbows. There are also stocked fingerling browns and rainbows. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use."