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.

 

 

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Current Conditions:

 

River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second): 

Flows are currently between 100 - 250 CFS north of town. Flows are currently being released from the bottom, and mid levels of Dillon Reservoir.

 

Water Temperature (degrees F): 

mid through upper 40's

 

Water Clarity:

 4 or more feet

 

Current Food Sources:

midges | Baetis | caddis | PMDs | Drakes | large golden stoneflies | Yellow Sallies | smaller fish, leeches, etc. |

 

 

Flies to Try:

 

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99

 

Nymphs:

  TDJ Golden Stone size 12-14 | Tungsten Flashback CDC Hare's Ear size 14-18 | Barr's Tongue Teaser size 12-16 | Tungsten CDC Flashback Pheasant Tail size 12-20 | Barr's Graphic Caddis tan size 18 | Tungsten Iron Sally size 16-18 | olive or grey Sparkle Wing RS2 in size 18-22  |  Disco Midge pearl or red size 18-22 | Zebra Midge black or olive 18-20 |

Dries:

  Reed's Rouge Chubby size 8-12 | Streambank hopper size 10-12 | Hippy Stomper Yellow | Peacock caddis size 18 | Parachute Adams size 12-24 | parachute extended body PMD | Solitude Midge black size 20-24 | Brook Sprouts Midge size 18-24 grey, cream, and black

 

Streamers:

 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:

Water temps have dropped significantly due to the shut off of "fill and spill" from Dillon Reservoir.  Colder water normally decreases the amount of aquatic insects we see hatching, but there are still potential hatches of Baetis, PMDs, Caddis, and possibly even a few Green Drakes.  Dry fly fishing can be good during a hatch, but in the absence of a hatch... a nymph rig is often your  best bet. 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Recent History:

 

7/3/2020

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.  

 

 

ealry June: 

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.

 

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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.

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A fish eye view of the water clarity.....speaking of fish eyes have you read mikes blog on trout vision?

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The Blue River makes for some pretty Browns.  This one was fooled by a Silverman's Sparkle Worm

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