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.
Flow: 113 cfs below Dillon Reservoir, 743 below Green Mountain Reservoir
Clarity: Good throughout it entirety
Water Temperature: Low to mid 40’s near the dam, but warms quickly as it moves down river. On the lower river the water temps are in the mid 50’s.
Hatches: Midges and blue-winged olives
14 Day Forecast: Look for great conditions and excellent hatches of midges and blue-winged olives.
Tips and Other Information: Dillon Reservoir is full to the brim and fishing is good throughout the river’s entirety. In town, fish with your standard tailwater bugs, small midges and mayfly nymphs. Its hard to go wrong with Baetis nymphs this time of year. As you progress down river, stonefly nymphs, caddis larva trailed by small Baetis nymphs are effective. Flows on the lower river are perfect right now. 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.