Fly Fishing on the Dolores

Fly fishing on the Dolores - 9 miles of private waters on the west branch dolores and small feeder streams

Originating in the high San Juans at over 11,000 feet, pooled in scree wrapped tarns, diverted by beaver dams, pausing in high water pools, the waters of the Dolores West Fork hold trout - cutthroat, rainbow and brooks, mostly fifteen to twenty-five inches. Flowing past our renovated “ghost town” that is now an exclusive resort of just twelve cabins, the West Fork of the Dolores flows are steady, well chilled and clear. Its broken, swooping surface reflecting the San Juans’ mosaic provides the perfect day on the water.

Colorado classic fly fishing

And our fisherfolk have it almost to themselves, if you don’t count the neighbors: bears, deer, otter, passing moose, cougar sipping, fox, and coyote. Plentiful native fish and magnificent scenery make the Dolores a Colorado flyfishing classic.

Telluride fly fishing

Dunton Hot Springs fly fishing is just over the mountain from Telluride. Close, if you, like us, call 30 miles a short hike. Our enclave is thousands of acres of quiet, of sunlight prismed by the wings hatches, of snow melt that runs through August, of chilled mountain bowls shaded by the peaks that tumble into valleys shaded by tall spruce, then aspens, finally cottonwoods.

Catch and release fly fishing only in Colorado on the DoLores

In these waters, we adhere to pure catch and release. The rainbows, the browns, and the cutthroat are here to stay, and we want to keep it that way.


Many guides say that the West Fork of the Dolores is the best fly fishing in North America.

First timer - Neophyte?

Leave the details to us.... We promise you will have a great time!


We work exclusively with Telluride Outside and they are the best guiding company in this area. Our partnership has been one that has been growing over the years, and they know all the intricacies and our private waters.


Our nine miles of private waters are mostly not too shrouded in trees and willow. There are stretches where the banks can be worked, wading the edges works well, as always. The feeder streams are technical. The Dolores' waters are fertile; it has a good constant population of aquatic insects. It's best to wait until after runoff, which takes place in May/June, to start fishing here on the Dolores and it continues into December - in the snow no less. Bring all your fleece.


Fly fishing the Dolores, especially during low water, can be very technical. Matching the hatch of insects listed below can be key. Known Hatches

April: (Willowflies, Acroneuria Pacifica)
Mid-June to August: Various caddis (hatches year-round)
Mid-June to October: Blue-Winged Olives (Baetis)
Mid-July to September: Pale Morning Dun (Ephemerella Infrequens)
Late-September to November: Midges (diptera, hatches year-round)
October-November: Tiny Olive Quill (Pseudocloeon anoka)