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 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.
Nymphs To Try: pegged eggs, Biot Golden Stone size 10-14, size 8-10 Crane Fly Larva, Pheasant Tails and Hare's Ears size 10-22, black or grey RS2 in size 18-22, Two-Bit Hookers in black, olive, and red size 16-18, RS2 in black or grey size 18-22, Zebra Midge black or olive size 18-22, Glass Bead Midge red, Poison Tung blue size 18-22
Streamers To Try: Barely Legal olive/white, Home Invader tan, or black, Double Gonga rainbow, Slump Buster various colors, Wooly Bugger various colors
Dries To Try: Parachute Adams size 16-22, Extended Body Blue Wing Olive size 18-22, Matthew's Sparkle Dun Olive size 20-22, CDC Morgan's Midge 18-22
The Blue River North of town has been hit or miss. Some days have seen some off color water, as the first “heat wave” of the summer brings down the first wave of higher elevation snow melt. The clarity should steadily improve as most of the loose dirt is already being flushed out of the system. Cranefly Larva, Golden Stoneflies, Baetis, Caddis Larva, midges, and worms are all viable food for trout at the moment. The most action will be seen on a nymph rig until we see water temps on the Middle Blue rise slightly. So come prepared with an indicator, split shot, and imitations of the bugs listed above.
The Middle Blue often fishes best during higher springtime flows, and that time is now. More water moving through the river can entice trout holding in private areas, and reservoirs to venture out and explore new territory in search of food. A nymph rig with a larger attractor pattern such as a golden stonefly, or cranefly larva is usually a good idea. Follow these attractor patterns with smaller fair such as beatis, caddis, and midges.
Warm days following fresh snowfall have been resulting in off color water in this section of river, so keep the weather in mind before you head out. Eggs, worms, and streamers are always good choices to consider during these times.
The Middle Blue River can be very hit or miss, but early spring is one of the best times to fish this section. Medium to small sized Golden Stonefly, Baetis, and midge imitations can be effective throughout the spring. Egg and worm patterns are also effective at times, although they are not always a "go to" fly. As flows get higher a large and heavy stonefly, or Cranefly pattern can be a great anchor.
While we do not wish to alarm anyone, please be aware that mountain lion signs are now fairly common on the lower river just above Green Mountain Reservoir. This area is often called Palmer's Gulch and the Blue River SWA.
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