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.*
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.