Blue River

Latest Guide Report


Report by: John Brown

Location: Blue River

Flies used: Pine Squirrel Leech, BWO Perdigon, Frenchie

Fishing Conditions: Bright, Sunny, and warm. The water was gin clear and 44 degrees F when we started fishing.

General Comments: It was an awesome day on the water. There was not much bug activity throughout the morning but fish were taking well-presented leeches and bwo nymph. We were using 6x Scientific Anglers Flouro tippet which held up well but those 20+ inch trout were able to snap it with a well-timed head shake.

Guide: Christian Krauss

Guide Rating
Weather Experienced

Temperature: warm
Wind Conditions: Calm
Precipitation: None
Water Observations

Water Temperature:
Flow Level: CFS
Runoff? Clear

Blue River Water Flow Graphs

About Blue River Fly Fishing

For Denver area flyfishers, the Blue River, which rests just an hour-and-a-half west of the city off I-70, is an excellent after-work and short weekend option. However, due to its location, it can suffer from crowding.

Despite its location and a good population of trout, not many people consider the Blue their favorite river. However, for those who know the Blue, “Big trout,” “Broken tippet” and “the one that came off,” are all phrases that are commonly heard as those anglers head home from the river.

It hasn’t always been that way; improvements on the Blue over the last four or five years have benefited the fishery. New catch-and-release regulations to strengthen the population of larger fish and the fact that the rainbows, browns, and brookies in this river have bellied up to a diet of seafood – a white shrimp called Mysis – have played a big part in these improvements.

The Blue below Dillon Reservoir is not a typical Colorado tailwater. In fact, fishing the Blue below Dillon is a somewhat urban experience – it flows through Silverthorne, and those fast food joints, gas stations, and factory outlet stores make a strange setting for a blue ribbon trout stream.