The Blue River North of Silverthorne town limits contains some beautiful public water and breathtaking views. Unfortunately, it does not boast the highest trout population in some of its public sections. This does not mean there are no fish to be caught, but you may have to be patient and work a little harder to hook up. However, you do always have the shot at hooking the fish of a lifetime, a large trout that usually reside in private sections of the Blue sometimes venture into public waters. Happy hunting.
This stretch of river has been developing quite a bit of shelf ice, and banks have consistent snow cover. Cold Fronts normally produce an unfishable river due to freeze over or slush/ice build up.
Flows are currently between 80-100 CFS north of town.
freezing through upper 30's
4 or more feet
Current Food Sources:
midges | Baetis | caddis larva | Golden Stonefly Nymphs | smaller fish, leeches, etc. |
Flies to Try:
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TDJ Golden Stone size 12-16 | Tungsten Flashback CDC Hare's Ear size 14-18 | Tungsten CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail size 14-20 | Barr's Graphic Caddis tan size 18 | UV Midge black or brown size 18-24 | olive or grey Sparkle Wing RS2 in size 18-22 | Disco Midge pearl or red size 18-22 | Zebra Midge black or olive 18-22 |
Elk Hair Caddis olive size 12-16 | Peacock caddis size 18 | Parachute Adams size 12-24 | parachute extended body BWO size 18-22 | Solitude Midge black size 20-24 | Brook Sprouts Midge size 18-24 grey, cream, and black
Sculpzilla in black, olive, or natural size 4-8 | Near Nuff Sculpin olive and tan size 4-6 | Slump Busters black or white | Pop’s Bugger pearl/grizzly, or black/olive size 8 | Bead Head Mini Leech olive/black size 08 | Crystal Bugger white size 12 |
guide tip of the week:
While this stretch of river is not typically the best during mid winter, it can still produce during warm fronts, when the water does not have too much slush or ice on it. Concentrate on nymph fishing slower/deeper water with a combination of attractor nymphs, and flashy midge larva/emergers.
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11/3/20: Kory using his eyes and polarized glasses to sight fish in the Middle Blue
With low flows sight fishing is the best way to target trout on the Blue River
This trout ate a #22 RS2 on the swing
Local angler Beau Baynum has been exploring the Middle Blue on his days off, and it looks like he has been finding some nicely colored brown trout in the process. Small Baetis nymphs like the Tugnten Pyscho May BWO size 18-20, and Jimi Omori's Ninja have been go to patterns on this stretch of river.
Kris Tikkanen used to stop in the shop and ask us for advice on what flies to use in the Blue River. Fast forward a year or two, and now he tells us what is working.....
Kris picked up some nice fish in the Middle Blue Recently using the following nymph rig: A 3/4" white indicator, with a .3 gram split shot, a size 18-20 tungsten bead Hare's Ear, and size 18-22 Baetis imitaions.
late Aug/early Sept
Local angler Kris Tikkanen is up to his old tricks, this time he is fooling a few nice looking rainbow trout on the Middle Blue. Kris was finding a lot of midge larva when examining river rocks, and his flies of the day were the blue Poison Tung size 20, black JuJu Bee Midge size 24, and a size 22 Black Beauty.
Local angler Dennis Betcher had a nice day on the Blue River north of town recently. He picked up a few solid Rainbow Trout on the Rainbow Warrior, and this Lake Trout, which is a rarity to find in the river system, although they do inhabit Green Mountian Reservoir.
The weather has been great, and the wildlife is out and about on the Middle Blue. Check out these photos from a recent outing with our guide Mike Wallace.
A Middle Blue Drake Nymph doing what it does best....clinging. Learning about aquatic insects is one of the biggest steps to becoming a complete angler, this pocket guide to learn Western Hatches is a great way to start.
A fish eye view of the water clarity.....speaking of fish eyes have you read mikes blog on trout vision?
The Blue River makes for some pretty Browns. This one was fooled by a Silverman's Sparkle Worm