The Lower Blue below Green Mountain Reservoir is a great stretch of public water. It is technically a "tailwater" flowing out of GMR, but it fishes more like a freestone river on some days. There is healthy and diverse population of aquatic bug life, this keeps the Gold Medal trout population well fed. The Lower Blue is fishable both by foot and river craft at certain river flows. call the shop for the most current conditions.
*The Lower Blue is not legally permitted for any type of commercial guiding, and no shuttle services are offered for this piece of water.*
River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second):
Flows have been between 50-100 CFS here for about a month, which is very low for this piece of water. Green Mountain Reservoir is currently at about 92,000 acre feet of a possible 155,000 acre feet storage capacity, dont expect river flows to increase untill the reservoir fills closer to 100% capacity.
Water Temperature (degrees F):
40's to low 50's
Crystal clear most of the time.
Current Food Sources:
Midges | Baetis | caddis larva | cranefly larva | golden stonefly nymphs | smaller fish, leeches, etc. |
Flies to Try:
Guides Choice Dozen $24.99
TDJ Golden Stone size 14 -18 | Pat’s Rubber Legs Olive and Brown size 10-12 | K’s Latex Caddis size 16-18 | Darth Baetis grey size 18-22 | Split Case BWO 16-18 | Tungsten Juju Baetis size 18-22 | Grey Dun RS2 size 18-22 | UV Midge black size 18-22 | Pegged Eggs
| Parachute Adams size 12-22 | Peacock Caddis 18 | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 18-22 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO size 16-22 | I-Wan-E Dun BWO size 18-20 | CDC Morgan's Midge 18-22 | Umpqua Adult Midge Dark size 18-24 | Solitude midge Olive size 20-22 |
Baby Gonga tan, rainbow, and black | Big Gulp Sculpin black size 4 | Mini Loop Sculpin natural | Slump Buster black or natural size 4-6 | Pop's Bugger pearl/grizzly size 8 | Ishiwata's Articulated Snitch olive size 6 | Crystal Bugger white size 12 | Leeches in wine or black
guide tip of the week:
Flows are near 65 cfs. Not what we'd like to see out of this tailwater for this time of year but fish will be holding in the deeper pools due to the low flows. We reccomend looking elsewhere but if you choose to fish here downsize your flies, leader, and tippet for the lower flows and spooky fish. In the deepest pieces of water, immitations of golden stonely nymphs, and caddis larva could work well as attractor flies. However, smaller Baetis and midge imitations will most likely be more productive flies at this time, and you may need to ditch the "attractor" flies and fish only smaller patterns. Also keep an eye out for risers, dry fly fishing can be good here when its on. Stripping a small streamer can also be productive.
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Wheels and Ben spent a day down in the canyon and reported baetis and midge hatches throughout the day. Most of their fish were caught in the deeper runs using two or three splitshot.
Hot flies: Gray Darth Baetis #20-22, Sunkist Baetis #18, Purple JUJU Baetis #20, Black RS2 #20
The views for the day
Tailwater browns never dissapoint
Wheel's rocking Jacob Lutz's custom artwork
Ben McCormick and Reed Ryan took a well deserved day off to fish the Canyon...
Reed drifts a Green Drake pattern through some water that looks promising for dry flies...
His drift produces...
Sue Dog approves...
Early May on the Lower Blue with our guide Mike Wallace.
Baetis nymphs and midge larva, staples of the Lower Blue.
Caddis Larva are also plentiful here.....
A look at the trail in. Almost snow free, but it is steeper than it looks!
The water is looking quite nice.
Sending one home.