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 avaible for any type of commercial guiding, and no shuttle services are offered for this piece of water.*
NYMPHS: TDJ Golden Stone size 8-14 | Tungsten CDC Flashback Hare's Ear size 14-18 | K's latex Caddis larva size 16-18 | Ju-Ju Baetis natural size 18-22 | Rainy's Real Meal olive Size 20-22 | Natural Pheasant Tail size 18-22 | Bling Midge Charcoal size 18-22 | Zebra Midge Purple size 20-22
DRIES: Parachute Adams size 14-2 |Griffith's Gnat size 18-22 |Brook Sprouts Midge Cream or Grey size 18-22 | CDC Morgan's Midge 18-22 | Solitude Midge olive or black size 20-24 | Umpqua Adult Midge Dark size 18-24
STREAMERS: Home Invader tan or black size 2-6 | 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 |
River flow here is in the mid 200CFS zone, which is a nice flow to fish this stretch of water. Water temps tend to stay in the high 30's and low 40's, and there is not much in the way of ice on the river here. Keep in mind the the entrance and banks here are quite snowy, slippery, and steep so a confident step is required. Both nymphs, and dries have been productive here, but nymphing is the way to go unless trout are seen rising. Small natural nymphs imitaing Baetis and midges have been our go to flies, with split shot above for weight. Attractor nymphs can also do the trick, but some days require a more natural aproach.
River flows Continue to hold in the low 200 CFS range here, with the typical cold water temperatures in the high 30’s - low 40’s. There have still been few BWO’s hatching here, and a lot of midges on some days. During hatches dry fly fishing has been good, but otherwise a nymph rig is usually a good bet. Golden Stonflies, caddis larva, Baetis, and midges are all viable options to tie on your rig. Small to medium sized streamers can also have their days here as well, especially in black, or natural/tan colors. Egg patterns, and pegged eggs in dull colors could potentially produce here as well, even though spawn season has come to a close for the most part.
The flows here have been holding fairly steady near the 220 CFS mark for the past few weeks, with water temps in the low 40s. There have been some solid hatches of Blue Wing Olives, and midges which have produced periods of good dry fly fishing. However nymphing will often be the most productive technique, and imitations of BWO nymphs, midge larva, and larger attractor pattern are a good choice. Pegged Eggs and streamers have also produce some takes here.
River flows Continue to hold near 300 CFS here, with the typical cold water temperatures associated with bottom release tailwaters. There have been some nice BWO hatches here, and dry fly fishing has been good on these days. Otherwise nymph fishing with imitations of golden stoneflies, caddis larva, BWOs, midges, and egg imitations is usually the best bet. Streamer fishing has also been decent with smaller natural colored streamers.
**There is still some brown trout spawning activity here so please avoid wading on, or fishing over spawning beds**
River flows are fluctuating in small increments everyday, but on average flows are holding near 300 CFS, with water temps in the low 40's. The Lower Blue has been seeing quite a bit of angling pressure, but has been fishing well. Baetis and midges have been hatching, and trout are being hooked on both nymphs and dries. Egg patterns and streamers have also been effective patterns in this zone. Brown trout are nearing the end of the spawn season, but please look out for active spawning beds and do not wade on, or fish over top of them.
River Flows have leveled out near 300 CFS in the Lower Blue, with water temps in the low 40’s. This is a nice flow for wade fishing and anglers can expect to see hatches of BWOs, and midges at this time. It is spawning season for Brown Trout, so eggs and streamers can also be effective at this point in time. Attractor nymphs, followed by small natural imitations of BWOs, and midges fished under an indicator is a good rig at the moment. If trout are being picky/spooky consider using only small, natural colored nymphs with split shot as the weight, instead of bead head nymphs.
**Please avoid wading on, or fishing over spawning beds**
River flows have been taking a daily decline of about 100 CFS for the last 2 days, and currently at about 420 CFS and dropping. These flows will make it hard for most river crafts to float here, although some smaller crafts will still be seen untill we see about 400 CFS or below. Water temps will be in the low 40’s, but this is a great time to see hatches of BWOs and midges on the Lower Blue. Come prepared to fish both nymphs, and dries in this zone. Other food sources include golden stonefly nymphs, large mayfly Nymphs, caddis larva, eggs, and baitfish
Flows are currently in the mid 700 CFS zone of Green Mountain Reservoir, and water temps should be in the mid to low 40’s. This flow is much more conducive to float fishing, but the motivated wade fisherman can still hook trout with a bit of effort finding soft pockets of holding water. Golden Stonefly Nymphs, Caddis Larva, Baetis, midges, eggs, and smaller fish are all viable food sources here. Nymph rigs, streamers and dries can all be effective here.
Flows are currently sitting about 750 CFS out of Green Mountain Reservoir, and water temps should be in the mid to low 40’s. This flow is much more conducive to float fishing, but the motivated wade fisherman can still hook trout with a bit of effort finding soft pockets of holding water. The recent snap of cold weather put a stop to most terrestrial insect activity, but aquatic insect hatches can still be strong here. Expect trout to be feeding on hatches of Blue Wing Olives, midges, and a few sparse Caddis. Golden Stonefly nymphs also provide a year round food source for trout here, even when they are not hatching. A nymph rig, or double dry fly set up,or streamers are the go to rigs for this piece of water currently.
Flows are currently sitting about 800 CFS out of Green Mountain Reservoir, and water temps should be in the mid 40’s. This flow is much more conducive to float fishing, but the motivated wade fisherman can still hook trout with a bit of effort to find soft pockets of holding water. The recent snap of cold weather put a stop to most terrestrial insect activity, but aquatic insect hatches can still be strong here. Expect trout to be feeding on hatches of Blue Wing Olives, midges, and sparse October Caddis. Golden Stonefly nymphs also provide a year round food source for trout here, even when they are not hatching. A nymph rig, or double dry fly set up, are the go to rigs for the piece of water currently.
The Lower Blue is flowing just above 800 CFS. While this is still high for this time of year, the fish are in great condition and can be found in the softer pockets, shallower riffles, and edge water. Green Drakes are winding down for the season, but baetis have been hatching in good numbers especially on overcast days. Stonefly nymphs a well as baetis and caddis emergers are good bets for sub surface action. Dry flies can work in softer pockets if you can see fish rising. Please be careful when wading below Green Mountain Reservoir as the river can be somewhat treacherous at these flows.
The Lower Blue is currently flowing about 1700CFS, which is very high for this stretch of water. Floating this stretch of water is currently impossible due to bridges over the river with low, or no clearance. If you are wade fishing below Green Mountain Reservoir look any soft water you can find, and use large attractor nymphs, in combination with smaller mayfly and caddis imitations.
The Lower Blue is currently holding close to 1,100 CFS. These flows are not optimal for wade fishing or float fishing, but both are technically possible at this point in time. It is not advisable to float this stretch unless you are an EXPERT oarsman, and very familair with the rapids, pour overs, bridges, and other obstructions that are present here. Golden Stonefly nypmhs, Blue Wing Olives, caddis larva, midges, worms, and baitfish are all viable food options at the moment.