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Blue River Fishing – Not much new here but

Report Date: February 9 2017

Not much new here but that doesn’t mean don’t fish it. A short tailwater will fish like a short tailwater but since we’re between killer snow and Spring Break, the tourist traffic is luckily at a minimum. Plan your fishing for weekdays and bring the typical flies – mysis shrimp, small midges and small beatis… but don’t be afraid to throw a meaty streamer. Sometimes switching it up goes a long ways when all your Read More


Fly Name Fly Color Fly Size(s)
Sculpzilla Black, olive 6
Graphic Caddis Chartreuse 16
Pats Rubber Leg Brown, Black, olive 10, 12


Caddis are coming


Access points are plenty on the Blue River. The most popular is the parking lot behind Zales by River Rd(Map). and above Dillon Reservoir above Swan Mountain Road(Map)


River Levels


broken clouds
humidity: 78%
wind: 3mph W
H 16 • L 16
Weather from OpenWeatherMap



Blue River Fishing Report Fly Fishing Guide

Take advantage of the Mysis shrimp escaping the Dillon Dam and feeding the huge trout located near the upper couple of miles below this tailwater. While the shrimp don’t go much farther downstream than this, you can still expect to catch big trout in other parts of the Blue, especially during the fall spawning migration.

If you don’t mind a bit of urban fishing, you can actually cast for trout from the paved shopping center parking lot in Silverthorne. There are huge trout lurking in the area. If fishing next to the interstate is not your cup of tea and you prefer a more scenic and private environment even though the fish might be a bit smaller, move further downstream

Choose your fly patterns to match the hatch and time of year. Here are some suggestions:
• In the upper water below Dillon Dam, use a nymph; imitation Mysis shrimp are sometimes very effective; dry fly fishing is usually not very productive in this section of the Blue
• When dam discharges are increased early June to allow for melting snow, watch for hatches of Green Drakes, Dark Red Quills, Pale Morning Duns, various caddisflies and some stoneflies especially on the lower sections of the river
• Around mid-July, expect good results with dry flies
• During the fall, use nymphs and streamers to work spawning brown trout and Kokanee salmon moving upstream from the Green Mountain Reservoir

Blue River Fishing Report FISHING REPORT ARCHIVE

Blue River Fishing – Not much new here but

Not much new here but that doesn’t mean don’t fish it. A short tailwater will fish like a short tailwater but since we’re between killer snow and Spring Break, the tourist traffic is luckily at a minimum. Plan your fishing for weekdays and bring the typical flies – mysis shrimp, small midges and small beatis… but don’t be afraid to throw a meaty streamer. Sometimes switching it up goes a long ways when all your Read More

Geckers is low & slow

The Blue Should Be on Your Radar

If you want a quick trip up the hill to see some fall colors but you can’t make the drive all the way to the Eagle then the Blue should be on your radar. The fall has cooled water quite a bit and the fish are fattening up for winter. Mysis and small midge patterns are always on the menu. #20 Red Zebra Midge or Rainbow Warriors should find you a fish or two. Look Read More

Minturn Anglers Vail Valley women with fish winter

Blue River – Cleanest Water in Vail Valley Now

The Blue River is holding steady at 100CFS and is the cleanest water you’ll find close to the Vail Valley right now. Though the fishing remains good with red worms, mysis and eggs dominating the eat, please be very mindful of spawning redds!!!  They are hard to miss and full of fish. Let those bad boys be so we can have large fish for generations to come! Pick a weekday to go fish it for Read More

Fishing Report Eagle River April 11th – Amanda Hertzfeld

Get it while it’s hot!   Fishing on the Eagle River outside of Vail has been very productive this past month.  What to throw? Blue Wing Olives, and Midges have been coming off the water in full force, mid day, so dust off your dry fly rig for some top water action. They have been slurping Parachute Adams and Parachute BWOs from the surface in addition to other BWO and Adult Midge pattern variations. What’s happening Read More

Blue River – Tailwater Stretch Is Fishing Well

It’s cold everywhere, go to where the open water is! The tailwater stretch in town is still fishing quite well when you hit it during the heat of the day. Weekdays are best but get out whenever you can regardless of crowds. There’s enough water and enough fish for everyone. Smaller flies are the ticket but always have a mysis in some fashion on your rig. Walk the banks slowly and from a distance if Read More

Blue River Late Summer Fly Fishing Report | Minturn Anglers

The crowds are largely gone, the bugs are still out, and the Blue River is producing like a champ. Flows out of Dillon Reservoir have been above average all Summer.  They are currently a little low at  about 110 cubic feet per second. Mayflies are worth consideration on the Blue River.  Pale morning duns are coming off in reasonable numbers, but they have been small (about size 18).  Emergers and occasional dries have been taking Read More

Purple Haze for Blue River

Fly Fishing Report | Blue River in Silverthorne

8-14-2014 Blue River below Dillon Dam Overview Last week the powers that be reduced the Blue River’s flow out of Dillon by 800 cubic feet per second, resulting in much more available real estate for fish all the way across the river.  With warming temps, the Blue is finally wading and fishing more like a summer stream.  The upper section of the Blue River (below Dillon) is a great location to make that milestone of a Read More

Mysis like on the Blue River

Fly Fishing Report | Blue River in Silverthorne, near Vail, Colorado

Blue River Overview 7-28-2014 The Blue River is still pumping out of the Dillon Reservoir at 600 cubic feet per second, far above its usual 180 CFS at this time of the year.  Cold, clear, abundant, food-filled water = happy fish!  Find the softer water on the sides, as the fish have not spread out as much as they will at 1/3 the current flow.  Fishing the Blue River can be more challenging at this Read More

Blue River Winter Fly Fishing Below Green Mountain Reservoir

Blue River Winter Fly Fishing Below Green Mountain Reservoir Jurassic Park is the nickname for the river below Green Mountain Reservoir about 25 miles North of Silverthorne on Highway 9   Jurassic Park is a good name because there certainly are some dinosaur sized fish and the prehistoric look and feel of the canyon makes you feel like a Velociraptor could swoop down on you at any moment! In the Winter access can be a little Read More

Brave Vail Pass, reap the rewards on The Blue River in Silverthorne

When Vail Pass is open and accessible, the Blue River is the place to go! Open water, and few fly fishermen means great opportunities in Silverthorne, CO The Blue River is running clear and cold and stuffed with fish. We only stayed for a few hours but the fishing was really good. WD-40’s were certainly the trick but fish were also taking small RS2’s and jujubaetis as well. The fishing got progressively better the closer Read More

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Blue River Description

The Blue River is a Minturn Anglers favorite Gold Medal fly fishing tailwater, all the way from the dam at the Dillon Reservoir to Kremmling some 38 miles downstream. Even though the Blue is a popular destination just a short hour and half drive from Denver, you will find the fish population remains high in spite of the number of fishermen. Thanks to the presence of Mysis shrimp, anglers enjoy the thrill of landing huge fish from the Blue River. The Catch and Release regulations in effect on the Blue have helped make the tailwater below Dillon a better fishery. The average rainbow trout is about 16 inches with browns and brook trout almost as large. Bagging a ten pound rainbow is certainly a possibility. In the fall, expand your action by trying your hand with some of the Kokanee salmon coming up from the Green Mountain reservoir. Start your exploration of the Blue near the town of Breckenridge, Colorado, where the river begins. This section of the Blue is a freestone stream, and offers browns, rainbow and brook trout averaging about ten to fifteen inches. This ten mile stretch ends up in the Dillon Reservoir. The section of the Blue River directly below Lake Dillon Dam is a bottom release tailwater that continues to look and act like a freestone stream. This section does not freeze over and can be fished year round, providing one of the best winter fishing locations in the state. With several public access points along Highway #9, this section of the Blue can become quite crowded during spring, summer and fall, especially near the dam. Expect a bit more privacy further downstream. This section of the Blue flows some twenty miles into the Green Mountain Reservoir. The Blue River below the Green Mountain Reservoir to the Colorado River is mostly private property, with public access limited to the area right below the dam and much further downstream where the Blue joins the Colorado. Read more about the Blue River.


Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Brook Trout

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