Blue River Below Green Mountain

Fishing Report

UPDATED: 12/30/2022

Flow: 220 CFSRiver Graph

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 legally permitted for any type of commercial guiding, and no shuttle services are offered for this piece of water.*

Current Conditions:

RIVER FLOW (Cubic Feet Per Second

Flows are at 220 cfs. 




Crystal clear


Midges | Baetis | eggs | stoneflies | smaller fish, leeches, etc. |

Flies to Try

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99


  TDJ Golden Stone  size 14 -18 | Pat’s Rubber Legs Olive and Brown size 10-12 | K’s Latex Caddis size 16-18 | Darth Baetis grey size 18-22 | Split Case BWO 16-18 | Tungsten Juju Baetis size 18-22 | Grey Dun RS2 size 18-22 | UV Midge black size 18-22 | Pegged Eggs


   | Parachute Adams size 12-22 |   Peacock Caddis 18 | Parachute Extended Body BWO size 18-22 | Matthew's Sparkle Dun BWO  size 16-22 | I-Wan-E Dun BWO size 18-20 | CDC Morgan's Midge 18-22 | Umpqua Adult Midge Dark size 18-24 | Solitude midge Olive size 20-22 |


Baby Gonga tan, rainbow, and black | 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 | Leeches in wine or black

Guide Tip of the Week:

The lower blue is a great winter option. However, you want to make sure you bring the right gear on cold days. On days with more intense weather, conditions can be down right dangerous due to extreme cold and slippery icy slopes. If you are willing to brave the conditions, you may be rewarded with some spectacular fishing. A deep nymph rig with a stonefly nymph followed by some sort of Midge, Baetis or Egg seems to produce well. Look for heavy seams and deep/slow runs. 



We love seeing and hearing about your outings as well. Send any fishing photos or stories you want to share over to and we'll throw 'em up in the reports.


Wheels and Ben spent a day down in the canyon and reported baetis and midge hatches throughout the day.  Most of their fish were caught in the deeper runs using two or three splitshot.  

Hot flies: Gray Darth Baetis #20-22, Sunkist Baetis #18, Purple JUJU Baetis #20, Black RS2 #20


The views for the day

Tailwater browns never dissapoint

Wheel's rocking Jacob Lutz's custom artwork


Ben McCormick and Reed Ryan took a well deserved day off to fish the Canyon...

Reed drifts a Green Drake pattern through some water that looks promising for dry flies...

His drift produces...

Sue Dog approves...


Early May on the Lower Blue with our guide Mike Wallace.

Baetis nymphs and midge larva, staples of the Lower Blue.

Caddis Larva are also plentiful here.....

A look at the trail in. Almost snow free, but it is steeper than it looks!

The water is looking quite nice.

Sending one home.


Also check out the Town of Silverthorne's Blue River Fishing Access Map


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