Blue River Report

Blue River Report


Flows have finally levelled off, and while the flows are pretty high, the fish are still there and have to eat. With the higher flows look for anything that'll block current, and don't feel afraid to fish along the banks. Streamers continue to be a good choice recently as well. Also, don't be afraid to add some shot to get your flies down to the fish, and use some larger more flashy patterns.


For dries, use a Stimulator, Chubby Chernobyl, Foam Run Caddis, Ms. Tickle Cripple, Sparkle Dun, BWO Winger, AR's BWO, Griffith’s Gnat, Superman Caddis, Purple Haze, and Hippy Stomper.


For subsurface, use a Quill Bomb, Eggtasty, Flexy Stone, Rainbow Warrior, Mercury Flash RS-2, BTS Mysis, Jigged Mysis, Blow Torch, Jiggy Egg, Jig TNT, San Juan Worm, Beer head baetis, BTS Baetis, Flash Back Pheasant Tail, Thin Mint, HDA Variant, and a Make It Rainbow

Guide Rating


Weather Experienced

- Temperature: Lower 60's

- Wind Conditions: Gusty

- Precipitation: None

Water Observations

- Water Temperature: 39

- Flow Level: 1400 CFS

- Water Clarity: Crystal Clear

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 gold medal trout stream.