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Dolores River Fly Fishing Report

River Information

The lower Dolores River, which flows out of McPhee Reservoir, is the most popular stretch to fish on this river. This tailwater is home to abundant bug life and some highly educated trout. Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout all swim here and average 12"-18". Long leaders, light tippets, small flies and drag free drifts will all be key to success.


Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

Summer: Caddis, Midges, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Stoneflies, Streamers

Fall: Caddis, Mayflies, Terrestrials, Midges

Seasonal Conditions

In true tailwater fashion, the lower Dolores is fishable year round. Your best bet will be Spring through late Fall and matching your flies to the corresponding hatches present. 

River Access

Considerable public access exists below McPhee Reservoir dam.