Overall River Rating:

4/5

Piedra River

River Information

The Piedra River is a wonderful little remote stream full of Rainbow and Brown trout. The fish here are typically eager to please due to the lack of pressure they recieve. The Piedra can be divided into three sections or forks. The East Fork, Middle Fork and Williams Creek. This river is extremely scenic, flows through a box canyon and offers anglers miles of water to explore.


Hatches

Winter/Spring: Mayflies, Midges

Summer: Mayflies, Stoneflies, Caddis, Terrestrials, Attractor Dry Flies

Fall: Mayflies, Caddis, Midges, Terrestrials, Attractor Dry Flies


Seasonal Conditions

Fishing can be good here year round, however pick your days wisely in the winter due to the amount of hiking that usually accompanies fishing this river. While Caddis and Mayflies can be found here, Stoneflies are extremely abundant and should fished in all the different stages of their life cycle. Summer and Fall will be the most productive and enjoyable times to fish here. 


River Access

Access is plentiful here as long as you're up for a good hike. Few vehicle-accessible spots exist on the Piedra which is probably what makes the fishing so good. Consulting a map of the San Juan National Forest would be a good idea. Many sections of this river run through rugged canyons which are void of trails and only recommended for accomplished hikers.