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: Excellent

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and sporadic hatches of midges and baetis.

Tips and Other Information: The Blue River in the town of Silverthorne is your best bet right now. Effective patterns include Mysis Shrimp, egg patterns, or a red larvae, trailed by an assortment of small mayfly and midge imitations. These fish see a ton of flies so having light tippet and tiny sparse flies can be the ticket on a tough day. Having your flies right above the bottom of the river will be your best bet to hook these wary trout. Using a yarn indicator is key for this river as these fish will spook easily to an indicator smacking the surface. We have had good luck using a #16 jigged pheasant tail as a lead pattern then dropping a size #22-24 midge emerger behind it. Top patterns here are red larva, mercury midges, top secret midges, and stalcups baetis.

Effective Patterns:

#18-20 Mysis Shrimp, #20-22 Medallion Midge, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #22-22 Black Beauty, #20-22 Red Larva, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20-24 Top Secret Midge, #20 JujuBaetis, #18-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #22-24 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #20-24 Griffith Gnat, #22-24 Matt’s Midge, and 22-26 Parachute Adams.