Dolores River Float Trips
Float fishing the Dolores is pretty sweet. Not only is the setting stunning, so can the fishing. You can cover a lot of great water with ease. This amazing canyon offers endless banks to drift a fly or rip a streamer. We float over 30 miles of river covering CPW, Forest Service and BLM waters.

The fishing
Streamers and big dries are the ticket on the Dolores. Fish are fairly opportunistic looking for small fish, stone flies and terrestrials. Fish range from 10 to 15 inches with large 20+ inch thugs that can rip the rod out of your hand.

The day
We will meet clients in Durango, Mancos, Cortez or Dolores and then head to the river. We put the boat in, run a quick scooter or mountain bike shuttle and then we fish hard all day.

The details and dates
The window to float the "D" is typically very small. Hitting the float window is basically luck. First off there needs to be a spill from McPhee Reservoir, second you need the flows to be just right. The time frame occurs some time between April and early July. Just, book a trip and if looks like the flows are right, we just might recommend it.

Dolores Guide Trips and Rates
All of our guide trips for Colorado and the San Juan River in New Mexico include:

  • Professional Guide
  • Flies (including secret guide patterns)
  • Terminal Tackle
  • Hearty stream-side lunch with drinks
  • Transportation (if needed)
  • Rod/Reel and Waders/Boots

If you or any one in your group needs to use a rod and reel and/or waders for the day, no problem, we will supply high-end gear at no extra cost. Most guide services tack that, as well as flies, on to the bill. Right there you and your group are saving over $40 per angler.

Dolores float trips do not include: Colorado fishing license and customary
gratuity for the guide.