It is business as usual on the Blue and if you’re looking to hedge against poor water clarity, this is the place to be. Flows below the Dillon dam are currently sitting below normal and have held steady for the last several days. With this in mind, stealth and a proper presentation will be key. As such, water clarity is good and trout are fairly skittish and selective. Additionally, sight fishing will dramatically improve your odds so do your best to locate holding trout before aimlessly casting. Trout will stack up in the deep and slow water most of the day, but will move in and out of the faster runs and riffles to feed. While more the exception as opposed to the rule, you might find the occasional trout holding along the banks, especially in areas with cover. Small and simple nymph rigs will be a great place to start. A larva imitation to one or more pupa/emergers is generally our go-to under these conditions. However, don’t be afraid to mix in a comparatively bigger searcher/attractor at the lead. Otherwise, keep an eye on surface action as dry flies are a viable option as well. Midge, baetis and caddis are all present in the water right now so come prepared to fish a variety of flies. Midges will begin to hatch mid morning and be present sporadically throughout the day. Meanwhile, baetis and caddis will be most prominent in the late morning and afternoon.
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Below Dillon Dam is a prized section of the Blue River that runs 19 miles until it meets the Green Mountain Reservoir. The stretch of river that runs through the town of Silverthorne is one of the most sought after tail waters in Colorado. Dillon Reservoir is one of the few Colorado reservoirs that was stocked with Mysis Shrimp and as a result, when water is released from the dam, shrimp trickle into the river. This calorie-rich meal is the trout equivalent to a body builders training supplement and results in some beefy fish! This section of the Blue is unique in that it runs through the tourist heavy town of Silverthorne. Therefore, if you are looking for a fishing experience full of spectators touting Tommy Hilfiger bags with a shot at landing a trophy trout, the section through Silverthorne is for you. If you are seeking more solitude and less materialism, head north down Highway 9 and pull off at one of the designated parking areas for fishing access.
The Silverthorne stretch of the Blue is a pocket water paradise. Anglers can leave their “A River Run’s Through It” casts at home and instead focus on short and tactical casts. Anglers can expect to find Rainbow, Brown and Brooke trout along this stretch with the highest concentration of trophy Rainbows being located below the dam. With the exception of Mysis Shrimp, the fly selection for the Blue is relatively consistent with the other popular Colorado tail waters. Size 18 – 24 Midge and Baetis nymphs produce year round. In the warmer months, this stretch of the Blue experiences quality Green Drake and BWO hatches. The Blue River is an accessible year round fishery and can easily be coupled with a half ski, half fish day or a family trip to the outlet malls where you drop the family and you seek much needed alone time on the water.
The tail water section of the Blue River below Dillon Reservoir has several miles of public water access between the town of Silverthorne and Green Mountain Reservoir. The most popular section runs behind the Silverthorne Outlets and can be accessed very easily. If you're looking for more solitude, wander north on Highway 9 towards Green Mountain Reservoir. While there is sporadic stretches of private water, the public water sections can be easily identified by parking and Department of Wildlife signage.