This free flowing river runs west-southwest from headwaters above Telluride, high in the San Juan Mountains. It is the largest tributary of the Dolores River.
Set in a narrow, steep, red rock canyon, the river gradient drops about 50 feet per mile. This makes for some challenging wading. There are 50 miles of good fly fishing water, including the South Fork, that are in mostly natural and undeveloped settings. Over 90% of the river and its major feeder creeks are accessible and public water. County Road 145 is handy and runs along the river.
Another noteworthy point about the San Miguel from a fly fishing perspective, is the unsophisticated fish. Successful tactics here can be basic, using nymphs or dries.
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