Blue River - at Silverthorne Fly Fishing Report
Last Update: 4/21/15- The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir is running at about 840 cfs, and it looks all of that 840cfs, because it looks more like a kayakers paradise rather than a world class trout stream. Most fish are going to be right against the bank and in soft spots. Even though the water is considerably high fish still have to eat to survive, and with the increased flows out of the dam there will also be an increase in Mysis Shrimp in the river as well.
- Flow: 1490 cfs
- Wind: 11.4 MPH
- Temp: 62.1 °F
- High/Low: 59/39
The Blue River through Silverthorne offers anglers the opportunity to catch a 20" trout in the morning and then shop at the Gap in the afternoon. While it may seem strange to park in an outlet mall's parking lot and get wadered up next to a family looking for some afternoon shopping, the fish that reside here can quickly refocus that distraction. This stretch of river sees considerable pressure, however the fish typically respond favorably to a good dead drift. Sight fishing opportunities abound here and the fish are typically very aestheically pleasing in coloration and size due to the protein rich diet provided by the dam of Dillon Reservoir.
Winter/Spring: Midges, Baetis, Shrimp
Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Shrimp
Fall: Baetis, Shrimp
In true tailwater fashion, the flies you need to catch fish here are typically the same year round. Nymphing will be the rule throughout the majority of the year, however some good summer dry fly fishing can exist given the right conditions. Midges, Baetis, Caddis and the ever popular Mysis Shrimp should be your focus. Small streamers can also be effective during the low light hours. This river is fishable year round and sees no shortage of anglers.
The Blue River as it runs through Silverthorne is considered Gold Medal Water and is deemed Catch and Release using only artificial flies and lures. Access is plentiful in this area, particulalry in and arond the Outlet Mall. Once you get a bit North of Town, access does become more limited.
- From Iron Bridge downstream to the Forest Service Building is all public water. Access is made particularly easy by using the bike path along side the river.
- Retreat on the Blue, access is limited to the west side of the river.
- Blue River Run Development, access is limited to the west side of the river only, and anglers must enter easement entrances.
- The Ponds Development, access is available on both sides of the river.
- Cottonwood Park Access, access is limited to the west side of the river only.