Fly Fishing The Tail Water
The most famed Colorado fly fishing stretch of the Blue is the tail water below Lake Dillon. This section, flowing through Silverthorne and directly behind our shop, is designated Gold Medal by the state. The fish of a lifetime may be holding below the dam. Trout over 24-inches are frequently seen, but rarely landed. This is one of three tail waters in the state that has mysis shrimp (Frying Pan and Taylor Rivers). Mysis shrimp tumble through the river from the dam offering Blue River trout an easy meal. Mysis shrimp are the key ingredient to growing massive trout, and imitation flies should be a top choice for a Blue River angler. Besides mysis shrimp, tiny midge imitations are great standbys. With the Blue River running by our shop we are perfectly positioned to compile detailed fishing reports and recommend the precise fly tackle needed for great blue River fly fishing.
A Fickle Fishery
A few times a year, the Blue River sheds her fickle attitude and graces anglers with exceptional Colorado dry fly fishing. The Blue Wing Olive hatch during dreary April and May afternoons and again in early September can be unforgettable. Blue River fly fishing hits its peak towards the middle of summer, the trophy trout shed their weary manner and turn their attention to the surface as the Green Drakes arrive. When the Drakes pop, the Blue River is the place to be. Fish seem to come out of their secret lairs to feed greedily on the largest mayfly species we see in Colorado.
North of Silverthorne
As the river flows north, Blue River fly fishing jumps between public and private access. The river transforms into a traditional free stone style river. Highway 9 parallels the river and offers numerous public pullouts for Blue river fly fishing, including the Eagles Nest, Sutton Unit, and Blue River Campground accesses. This can be a very fickle stretch of river with one day offering banner fishing and the next seemingly being a Colorado fly fishing ghost town. The Blue continues north and fills Green Mountain Reservoir. The inlet can have fantastic hatches because the frigid tail water temperatures are given time to warm. The inlet is a popular choice for targeting the Kokanee salmon when they begin their annual run up the Blue.