All Around The Blue River

This past weekend I had a chance to spend some time in Breckenridge with some friends. We would snowboard in the morning for about an hour and a half and then get on a piece of water by 11:00 (post bloody mary bar). I fished quite a few places with my time in the Breckenridge area and I was surprised by the action and the quality of the fish. 

The first place I had a chance to fish was the Upper Blue River right as you enter Breckenridge. I did not see a soul and the weather was in the upper 40’s. I managed six nice browns in the 8″-12″ range. There were also a bunch of Kokanee in the river; which I was surprised to see. The river consists of plunge pool after plunge pool and long runs in between. I was nymphing for almost the entire time and was mostly catching fish on a size 20 blood midge. 
Nice Brown Trout From the Upper Blue River

Little Kokanee all over the Upper Blue
The second chance I had to fish was on the Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir. I was given the opportunity this past Sunday to hit this infamous tail water with my good friend Chad. We went right below the Green Mountain Dam and hiked down a real steep grade to get into the canyon. We fished mostly with nymphs once again. The hares ears and black beauties were really on fire. We managed quite a few nice fish from various deep holes, and we were only there for a couple hours. 
We did fish the Blue River in between Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir and the fishing was a little tough. We did manage a couple fish though, and my friend Chad missed a bright red “monster” of a rainbow at the net. 
Average Rainbow from below Green Mountain

One of Chad’s Browns from below the Dam

The Blue River was fishing very well this past weekend. If you get a chance, bundle yourself up and get into some healthy fish on the Blue River.