Overall River Rating:

3/5

Upper Dolores River

River Information

The Upper Dolores River- above McPhee reservoir is a small freestone full of Rainbow, Brown and Brook trout. This stretch of river could be though of as classic backcountry fishing and usually offers much more elbow room than the lower section. Fish tend to be on the smaller side but generally not very selective.


Hatches

Winter/Spring: Midges, Mayflies

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

Fall: Midges, Mayflies, Caddis 


Seasonal Conditions

The Upper Dolores will fish best during the warmer months when aquatic bug life is most active. The fish generally aren't very selective and a bushy dry fly with a small beadhead droppper should keep you in the action all day. 


River Access

Directly above McPhee Reservoir is a popular place to access the river. As you head upstream, the river is a mix of public and private water so use caution to avoid tresspassing. If you're interested in exploring this waterway, referencing a map of the San Juan National Forest will give you a good idea of the public and private land boundaries.