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 are down to 320 cfs.
Water Temperature (degrees F):
40's to 50's
Crystal clear most of the time.
Current Food Sources:
Midges | Baetis | Drakes | pale morning duns | caddis | craneflies | golden stoneflies | 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 have gone down slightly to 320 cfs. This is still a very high flow for wading and its to low for floating. In the deeper pieces of water, immitations of golden stonely nymphs, caddis larva, and leeches could work well as attractor flies. However, smaller Baetis, midge, and PMD imitations will be productive as your second or third fly. Also keep an eye out for risers, dry fly fishing can be good here when its on.
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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.