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Fly Fishing the Blue River in Colorado

Blue River summary

Blue River is a fly fishing location in Colorado. This destination has an elevation of approximately 10031 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Blue River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).
                   

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Andy Idema (aidema) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Great day on the Blue. Flows seamed pretty low... Not sure what they were exactly but the water was definitely low. Tons of rainbows cruising around. Snow was falling and it was nice. Dulled the sound of the highway. Temps were in the high 20's / low 30's. After my first flipper around 11am, I hooked several really nice fish that broke me off. Then finally around 1:30pm I hooked and landed a really fat rainbow. Decent fight... not the best I've had and I'm guessing water temps had a lot to do with that. Either way, great fish. 22" fatty rainbow. Felt like 6 lbs. (03/01/13)
Jim Cannon (jcbluequill) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Blue River
Current Conditions
Flow: below Dillon Dam 159
Clarity: Excellent throughout drainage.  Clarity will vary depending on rainfall. 
Water Temperature: Mid 50's.
Major Food Organisms: Midges, Baetis, caddis, yellow sallies, and pale morning duns.
Hatches: Midges, Baetis, caddis, yellow sallies, and pale morning duns.
14 Day Forecast: Look for higher flows with all the rain.  Once things dry out, flows will drop quickly.

Tips and Other Information: Dillon is spilling again.  Flows dropped a little over the weekend because Denver Water increased the outflow out of  the east Portal of the Roberts Tunnel.   Anglers can double the flow out of Dillon to get a flow on the lower river (there is no gauging station on the lower river).   Effective patterns are  #8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs,  #14 pink  San Juan Worm, caddis larvae, #18 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #18 Gold Bead Pheasant Tail, #20 Mercury Midges, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Sparkle Wing RS2's.  Dry fly fishing with Renegades, Amy's Ants, and Rubber Legged Stimulators has been effective in the slower pools and tailouts.  I am carrying two rods right now, one with a dry/dropper rig to fish the skinny water, and a nymphing rod to fish the deeper runs and slots.
Effective Patterns:  #14 Pink San Juan Worm, #6-8 Pine Squirrel Leech, #8 Pat's Rubber Legs, Egg Patterns, Laney's Mysis, Cannon's Wormly Worm, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #22 WD 50, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Medallion Midges, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #18 Mysis Shrimp, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #14 Pink San Juan Worm, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Mercury Brassies, #22 Benton’s Shuckin Midge, #22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Cannon’s Snowshoe Midge Cluster, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.
(08/24/10)
Jim Cannon (jcbluequill) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Blue River
Current Conditions
Flow: below Dillon Dam 163
Clarity: Excellent throughout drainage.  Clarity will vary depending on rainfall. 
Water Temperature: Mid 50's.
Major Food Organisms: Midges, Baetis, caddis, yellow sallies, and pale morning duns.
Hatches: Midges, Baetis, caddis, yellow sallies, and pale morning duns.
14 Day Forecast: Look for higher flows with all the rain.  Once things dry out, flows will drop quickly.

Tips and Other Information: Dillon is spilling again.  Flows dropped a little over the weekend because Denver Water increased the outflow out of  the east Portal of the Roberts Tunnel.   Anglers can double the flow out of Dillon to get a flow on the lower river (there is no gauging station on the lower river).   Effective patterns are  #8-10 Pat's Rubber Legs,  #14 pink  San Juan Worm, caddis larvae, #18 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #18 Gold Bead Pheasant Tail, #20 Mercury Midges, #20 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Sparkle Wing RS2's.  Dry fly fishing with Renegades, Amy's Ants, and Rubber Legged Stimulators has been effective in the slower pools and tailouts.  I am carrying two rods right now, one with a dry/dropper rig to fish the skinny water, and a nymphing rod to fish the deeper runs and slots.
Effective Patterns:  #14 Pink San Juan Worm, #6-8 Pine Squirrel Leech, #8 Pat's Rubber Legs, Egg Patterns, Laney's Mysis, Cannon's Wormly Worm, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Black Beauty, #20-22 Pearl Jam, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #22 WD 50, #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Medallion Midges, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #18 Mysis Shrimp, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #14 Pink San Juan Worm, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Mercury Brassies, #22 Benton’s Shuckin Midge, #22 Jujubaetis, #20-22 Cannon’s Snowshoe Midge Cluster, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #20-24 Parachute Adams.
(08/24/10)
Andy Idema (aidema) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: Fished the Blue River north of Silverthorne on August 8th. The nymph action was pretty much nonexistent but we did manage to hook some nice fish on dries. A really large rainbow took a green dreake when we first got on the river around 5 and then that was it for a couple hours until they started rising to caddis. Landed several decent rainbows (biggest was 16") between 7:30 and 8 on caddis. (08/12/09)
Andy Idema (aidema) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Although the flow seemed a little high the fishing was awesome yesterday (7/20). Hooked at least 15 fish and was able to land many. A couple of bruisers were able to shake the flies out quickly. All the trout I caught/saw were rainbows. They were taking the mysis nymph, pheasant tails, and the green drake emerger. One fish hammered the mysis and jerked my rod but he was off before I could set the hook. I'd like to see how large that fish was. (07/21/09)
Ned Parker (breckout) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: We are in the middle of runoff. All of the rivers around Breckenridge are running very high and the farther you travel away from the dams on the Blue River clarity drops drastically. (05/21/09)
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Blue River descriptions

Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - The Blue River is a great freestone and tailwater located about 60 miles west of Denver. The Blue is famous for enormous rainbows below Dillon Reservoir and the mysis shrimp. There is great insect activity and the Blue also has browns and brooks. It is a gold medal fishery. (06/12/08)
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Shop Guide Service Lodge School (Classes) Travel Rods Manufacturer
Guide Service Flyfisher Guide Service
700 East 24th Avenue, Suite 4
Denver, Colorado
Guide Service Fly Currents, Inc.
1725 west stuart street
fort collins, Colorado
Other Breckenridge Outfitters
100 N. Main St. #206
Breckenridge, Colorado
Trout's Fly Fishing
1303 E. 6th Avenue
Denver, Colorado
Fly Fishing Outfitters
1060 W Beaver Creek Blvd
Avon, Colorado
Blue River Anglers
281 Main St.
Frisco, Colorado
Trout's Fly Fishing / Flyfisher Guide Service
700 East 24th Avenue, Suite 4
Denver, Colorado
Other Get Your Fly Right
stevez@getyourflyright.com
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Andy Idema (aidema)
Many anglers I know have a love-hate relationship with the Blue River. Just about the time you think you have the river figured out, a humbling experience devastates your ego. The Blue River is a fantastic fishery and a favorite of mine. The Blue certainly is a beautiful as they come, and gives visiting anglers a real sense of Colorado. Its a tough river at times, but a good challenge will always make you a better fly-fisherman. The water is extremely cold coming off the bottom of Lake Dillon. This cold water dictates and controls the feeding window of the trout. Its not a great morning fishery, but as the water gradually warms up throughout the day, the fishing improves dramatically. The upper stretches of the Blue (from the base of the dam through Silverthorne) holds trophy trout, fattening up on Mysis Shrimp from the lake above. The water is gin clear requiring perfect presentations. Down stream the river changes back in a typical mountain trout stream with a diverse insect life. Several tributaries inter the river before it spills into Green Mountain Reservoir. The river is lined with cottonwood trees and willows and is tucked to the east of the beautiful Gore Range. Because the water is so cold the river fishes best from mid-day to dark. Anglers can expect to catch mostly brown trout, a hand full of cut-bows as well as a few rainbows and the river can be excellent with dry fly patterns later in the afternoons and evenings. The hatches include blue wing olives, caddis, red quills, green drakes, pmds, and stoneflies. The regulations are catch and release in Silverthorne and on the lower reaches the limit is two trout over 16 inches in length and is artificial flies and lures only.Current Conditions Flow: 107 cfs below DillonClarity: Excellent Water Temperature: Mid 40s in town, high 50s above Green Mountain ReservoirMajor Food Organisms: Midges, pale morning duns, Tricos, Baetis, and micro caddis Hatches: Midges, pale morning duns, Tricos, Baetis, and micro caddis 14 Day Forecast: Look for good flows on the lower river and great fishing. Anglers can expect good hatches of Baetis and midges.Tips and Other Information: Flows are low and clear on the Blue River and fishing couldnt be better. In Silverthorne fish your classic tailwater patternssmall mayfly and midge patterns. Additional water enters via feeder creeks, creating ideal conditions on the lower river. You can catch a lot of nice fish if your willing to work hard, get in the middle of the river and hit all the pockets, and deep slots. Anglers are catching an assortment of rainbows, browns, and an occasional cutthroat. Anglers can expect an excellent blue-winged olive hatch each afternoon. Locate a glassy pool or tailout and there will be several rising fish. A size 20 Mathews Sparkle Dun is the ticket. There should be some sporadic Kokanee entering the river soon. Look for egg patterns to become effective in the weeks to come with these land-locked salmon entering the river and the brown trout spawn coming into focus. The hot rig will be a Nuclear Egg dropped with a #20 Sparkle Wing RS II.Effective Patterns: #14 Limeade, #14 Pink San Juan Worm, #18 Mercury Caddis, #18 Mercury Baetis, #10 Stalcups Green Drake Nymph, #18 Barr Emerger, #18 Gold Bead Pheasant Tail, #18 Tungsten Pheasant Tail, #18 Mysis Shrimp, #16 Nuclear Egg, #8 Natural Slump Buster, #20-22 Rainbow Warrior, #20 Mercury Midge, #18 Mercury Pheasant Tail, #20-22 Mercury Black Beauty, #20-26 Parachute Adams, and #20-22 Brown WD 40. (3)   |  Reply

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