Telluride Colorado Fishing, Fly Fishing

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Telluride’s remote location means fish can be hooked in local streams, in world-class fly-fishing rivers, or in breathtaking (and often lonely) high-alpine lakes.

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Fishing Telluride is like a choose-your-own adventure book. There are options in every direction, it really just depends how far you want to travel and what kind of rewards (what’s for dinner?) you’re looking for.

Where to Go Fishing

Local streams in Town Park and through Telluride are great for lazy afternoons and beginners. Serious anglers head “down valley” from Telluride in search of seclusion and reliable river sections that hold bigger fish. There are also several rivers only a short drive away that can be fished year-around. The Dolores, Gunnison, Colorado, and other Western slope rivers are famous for their trout, and are home to several guide and outfitting services.

For those willing to work harder for their dinner, the high-alpine tundra surrounding Telluride is dotted with unworldly blue-green colored lakes holding fish. Just bring a tent, a reliable map, and a warm sleeping bag.

  • Town Park
    The stocked pond at the entrance to town park is a Telluride fishing staple and is perfect for children or beginners just grasping the basics of casting. Open when conditions permit, the pond is located at the eastern edge of town just past the post office on Oak Street.
  • San Miguel River
    The San Miguel River runs through Telluride and down the valley to the west. The water can be too fast during runoff in April into early-June, but the river is pretty easy-going during the summer.
  • Dolores River
    Accessible year-round and only two hours from Telluride, the Dolores River has two stretches well-known for their challenging conditions. Try the both banks below the McPhee Reservoir.
  • Gunnison River
    A tributary of the Colorado River, the Gunnison River runs through the stunning Black Canyon National Park. The best fly fishing areas need to be accessed by boat because of private property. The best time to fish here is in June during the Stonefly hatch.

Fishing Licenses

Telluride fishing is some of the best in Colorado, but it's important to follow local laws. A license is required, and can be purchased at most local sport shops. Most rivers and lakes also have a zero to four possession limit as well, so ask a local what you’re allowed to keep. Telluride fishing is some

Fishing Guides

It is a good idea to ask about guided trips in the area as some of the best fishing waters aren’t easily accessible.