Pat Dorsey’s Stream Report: Blue River

The Blue River is a pocket water paradise. There are miles of public water between the town of Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir for you to sample.

Current Conditions

Clarity: Good throughout its entirety

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s near the dam, mid to upper on the lower reaches

Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives

14 Day Forecast:  Look for hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.

Tips and Other Information:  The Blue River is in good shape from Dillon Reservoir until the mouth of Green Mountain Reservoir. In town, use the standard tailwater bugs, small midges and mayfly nymphs. It’s hard to go wrong with egg Baetis nymph combos this time of year. The lower Blue is a “nice fish” plus you can escape the crowds. The trade off is worth the compromise in my opinion.

Effective Patterns:  #10 Pats Rubber Legs,  #16 Graphic Caddis, ​ #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #20 Jujabaetis, #22 Stalcup’s Baetis, #20 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail,  #22 Red Midge Larva, #20-24 Brassie, #20 WD 40, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14-16 Yellow Stimulator, #16 Pale Morning Dun, and #10 Amy’s Ant.