Our fly fishing season for local trout started late this year. Record snow falls in April and May left the area with the best snow packs in years and consequently delayed our fly fishing season. Also, rains in July delayed good trout fishing conditions until the beginning of August. Now the San Miguel River is on fire with 10 - 20 fish per hour being common. These are the days you have a chance at a 100 trout day! September and October should prove to be excellent as well. The best section to fish the San Miguel is generally from Illium to Norwood Bridge. This stretch is always loaded with rainbows.
The Dolores is low and clear with plenty of eager fish. There are public access points above Rico. Fish tend to be larger as you head downstream and the water gets deeper.
The West Fork of the Dolores has been outstanding. Although there are some public access points, for the most part this is private water. Private water generally means larger and more trout and 16-20 inch rainbows are not uncommon. Christa is holding a nice rainbow from the West Dolores.
Little creeks feeding into the San Miguel River are very productive. Most of these creeks have wild brook trout populations. Sometimes you get surprised with browns and cutthroats. Alpine lakes have been productive as you can see with this beautiful Colorado cutthroat trout.
You can catch trout every month of the year in the Telluride Area. I will gladly share tips regarding where to go and what flys to use.