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Blue River - below Dillon Reservoir

Report Date: 04/01/2014
  • Reporter: Trout's Guide Staff

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    April - Blue River Fishing Report

    Flows remain at an elevated level below Dillon, which has made the fishing very good this past month. Late in March, we were seeing fish rising to midges and baetis in the slow tailouts on warmer days, and this will continue in April. Heading North on HWY 9, the public access points are picking up as well, still focusing on the slower deeper water you can find.     

    Insects and Natural Food Sources

    Fish are especially keyed on Mysis with the elevated flows. Midges, Blue Winged Olives and Eggs will continue to be the primary food sources through the month. Downstream through the Blue River Canyon leading to Green Mountain, small micro-stoneflies will be added to the mix.

    Recommended Flies

    Thread midges Sz. 18-24, Baetis nymphs and emerger patterns Sz. 18-22, Mysis Shrimp Patterns Sz. 16-18, Egg patterns Sz. 16-18, Micro Stonefly patterns Sz 12-16, san juan worms sz. 14-16, Baetis dries sz 16-20.

    River Description

    The Blue River runs north from the dam at Dillon Reservoir near Silverthorne to the Confluence with the Colorado River near Kremmling.  Colorado Highway 9 follows the Blue for much of the 34 miles with many access points but most of the river is private.  The Gold Metal water section runs from the dam in Silverthorne to the Town of Kremmling.  The river acts like a typical tail water through Silverthorne and more like a free stone river below town.   As you drive from the Dillon Dam toward Green Mountain Reservoir, there are numerous turnouts and fishing access points along the road.  

    Seasonal Overview:

    The Blue River runs north from the dam at Dillon Reservoir near Silverthorne to the Confluence with the Colorado River near Kremmling.  Colorado Highway 9 follows the Blue for much of the 34 miles with many access points but most of the river is private.  The Gold Metal water section runs from the dam in Silverthorne to the Town of Kremmling.  The river acts like a typical tail water through Silverthorne and more like a free stone river below town. 

    As you drive from the Dillon Dam toward Green Mountain Reservoir, there are numerous turnouts and fishing access points along the road.  Below Green Mountain, the access is very limited. 

    Float Access: there is a boat launch below Green Mountain Reservoir and a takeout before Kremmling.

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