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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:  Flows are beginning to shape up in town, but they are still very high on the lower river. Anglers should prepare for hatches of PMD’s, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, and sporadic Blue-Winged Olives

Tips and Other Information: Flows remain high from spring run-off!  Dillon Reservoir is full to the brim right with the excess flowing over the spillway.  In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, dropped with and assortment of  mayfly nymphs are your best bet right now.  The lower river is blown out. The fishing on the Blue has been a bit of a disappointment as of late, other options might be a good decision.

Effective Patterns:  ​#20 Juju Baetis, #20 Choc Foam Wing Emerger, #10 Pat’s Rubber Legs, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #12 Hare’s Ear, #16 Bead Head Breadcrust, #18 Barr Emerger, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16 Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 PMD, #20 Parachute Adams.

Pat Dorsey’s Fishing 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

Flow: 81 cfs Silverthorne

Clarity: Excellent

Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s

Hatches: Midges

14 Day Forecast:  Look for low flows and technical fishing. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges. Target the traditional winter lies (slow, deep pools) where you’ll find the largest concentration of fish.  The best fishing is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tips and Other Information:  Considering the time of year, conditions are ideal in the town of Silverthorne, and fishing has been good. Anglers can expect to see sporadic hatches of midges with the occasional riser in the slower pools and tailouts.  In addition to the trout eating midge larva and pupa; Mysis Shrimp imitations are fooling a decent number of fish.  A red larvae or a Mysis pattern trailed with darker pupa has been an effective rig as of late. Its hard to go wrong with a size 26 Parachute Adams to fool the trout feeding on adult midges.
 
Effective Patterns:    #20-22 Mercury Flashback Pheasant Tail, #20 Laney’s Mysis, #22-24 Mercury Black Beauty, #22 Red Midge Larva, #20-24 Brassie, #22-24 WD 40, #18 Hot Tail Flash Egg, #24-26 Parachute Adams, and #22 Matt’s MidgeBlue Quill Angler’s veteran guides who frequently visit many of these streams on a daily basis guiding their clients.  We have guides on the South Platte, Blue, Colorado, William’s Fork and North Fork several times a week. This incredible network allows you to share their successful tips, and techniques as well as keeping you informed on effective fly patterns.