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 available for any type of commercial guiding, and no shuttle services are offered for this piece of water.*

 

 

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Current Conditions:

 

River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second): 

Flows from Green Mountain Reservoir have been on the rise, but have leveled out near 600 CFS or the time being.

Water Temperature (degrees F): 

mid 40s through low 50s

 

Water Clarity:

Crystal clear most of the time.

 

Current Food Sources:

Midges | Baetis | PMDs | caddis | Craneflies | Green Drakes | golden stonefly nymphs |  smaller fish, leeches, etc. |

 

Flies to Try:

 

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99

 

NYMPHS:

  TDJ Golden Stone size 8-14 | Tungsten CDC Flashback Hare's Ear size 14-18 | K's Latex Caddis larva size 16-18 | Tungsten Swing Nymph olive size 16-18 | Darth Baetis grey size 18-22 | Split Case PMD or Baetis size 18-22 | Grey Dun RS2 size 18-22 | Tongue Teaser size 12-16 | Tungsten Hunchback Green Drake size 12 | Captive Dun PMD size 16-18 | UV Midge black size 18-22 |

 

DRIES:

  Chubby Chernobyl olive size 10-16  | Parachute Adams size 14-22 | Colorado Green Drake size 10-12 | Lawsons Para Green Drake size 12 | CDC Green Drake Emerger size 12 | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 18-22 | Paracahute sulphur dun size 16-18 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO or PMD size 16-22 | I-Wan-E Dun BWO or PMD size 18-20 | CDC Morgan's Midge 18-22 | Umpqua Adult Midge Dark size 18-24

 

STREAMERS:

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:

    When flows are near 600 CFS the experencied oarsman may be able to float this section of the river, but we cannot reccomend it.  Wade fishing can still be good at these flows, but the river is not crossbale for most.  There is lots of aquatic insect activity here at the moment...Green Drakes, caddis, pmds/sulphur duns, Baetis,  midges and craneflies.  Come prepared to fish both dries and nymphs.

 

recent media:

We love seeing and hearing about your outings as well. Send any fishing photos or stories  you want to share over to jacob@fishcolorado.com and we'll throw 'em up in the reports.

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...

 

Recent History:

Early May on the Lower Blue with our guide Mike Wallace.

 

 

Baetis nymphs and midge larva, staples of the Lower Blue.

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Caddis Larva are also plentiful here.....

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A look at the trail in. Almost snow free, but it is steeper than it looks!

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The water is looking quite nice.

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Sending one home.

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