Telluride Sports is located in the historic mining town of Telluride in Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.Their Adventure Desk is the epicenter for Telluride outdoor activities, and the store is an outdoorsman’s dream, filled with everything from outer wear to shoes to mountain bikes.
I hadn’t fished in years; my man Flint does lake fishing often. Neither of us had fly fished for a long time, so we chose a guided trip. Guides are relatively affordable and essential especially when an angler is not familiar with the area. After a mandatory fishing license (just $9 for one-day), a half-day guided fly-fishing trip including supplies was just $265 for both of us. A full day for two is just $330. As the saying goes, experience priceless.
Our guide Dave Hill couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. Late 50’s, long time guide, mountain cowboy, chatted us up and offered priceless details abouto the area, he so fit the part. Once we checked in, we donned our gear – hey, don’t I look cute in the baggy waders?! -- and off we were on our fly fishing adventure. Our transportation was Dave's Ford Expedition (just like mine!), and we are off to the Dolores River.
The Dolores River is just south of Telluride, but begins above Lizard Head Pass in the mountains. According to Telluride.com: “The "Upper Dolores" (Lizard Head Pass to the town of Dolores) is a freestone stream similar to the San Miguel. Below McPhee Reservoir lies an eleven mile stretch of waters home to big Cutthroats, Browns and Rainbows.”
Our guide immediately warned us that it was early in the season. In fact, he told us we were his first fly fishing guests this season. This early in the season, Dave explained, the run-off from the mountains made the waters warm and murky, especially later in the day. The picky trout stayed deep in the water, not real interested in taking the bait, and these spring-creek conditions are known to challenge even the most experienced anglers.
After patient lessons from Dave, we dropped our lines behind the town of Rico, with nary a bite, before heading back toward Telluride, traveling 10 more miles. Guide Dave took me under his wing, letting Flint know that ladies first, please – insisting that his priority was for me to catch the first fish. His instruction to both of us was spot on, toss the reel this way, that way, mend the line, watch the bobber, and pull up! Our half day tour ended before we knew. Our only regret was that we wished we'd booked a full day!
The fishing stories have already began. The result: Diana reeled in (and released) two rainbow trout; one got away – and it was the biggest we’ve ever seen! Hey, I’ve got my guide as a witness. Flint didn’t get a nibble. Dave was good on his word, and both of us had a great outdoor family adventure on our vacation. I can’t wait to get back in the river and try fly fishing again.
Bottom line (pun intended) is that fly fishing is fun, relaxing and a perfect summer activity for the whole family. (Our guide Dave suggests children ages 9 and up). Book your own fly fishing adventure at Telluride Sports. Ask for Guide Dave, tell him Diana, Traveling Grandmom sent you. Whether you’re fly fishing adventure leads you to the beautiful Colorado mountain town of Telluride, or elsewhere, just do it!
More about Telluride: At the heart of San Miguel County are two unique communities: Telluride and Mountain Village. These two towns are connected by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America, so when you’re not fly fishing, hiking, biking or any other number of summer outdoor activities, at 8,750 feet above sea level, Telluride is a brimming historic picture book, complete with clapboard storefront houses, shops, B&Bs and hotels. Above Telluride is the neighboring Mountain Village, with a more modern, mountain architecture, world-class accommodations( such as luxury, boutique hotel Lumiere where we stayed), and panoramic views of the mountains and valleys
Want more information? Check out these links:
*Everything you want to know about Telluride: http://www.visittelluride.com
*See the beauty yourself, Telluride webcams http://www.visittelluride.com/discover-telluride/photos/webcams
*Places to Stay http://www.visittelluride.com/places-to-stay
*Located on Main Street, La Cocina de Luz serves casual regional Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, including breakfast. It’s organic, sustainable, free-range and locally grown ingredients include many vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Trust me – this is the best Mexican food I’ve ever had! Also order their fresh margaritas, made with organic lime and agave nectar.
*Steps away from the gondola in Telluride, the fine dining at Cosmo at Hotel Columbia is an opportunity to treat yourself. Try their fresh sushi rolls, followed by surf and turf, and a great selection of wine by the glass.