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Fishing Information

Blue River - below Green Mountain Reservoir

333 cfs
8 mph
73 °F
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated July 17, 2020 - 2:47pm

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 7/17/20 - The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir is around 437 cfs today. If you have followed the flow chart for this section, you'll notice it is far from consistent in terms of flows. We have seen sharp spikes and sudden drops in these flows, be sure to check prior to going. Caddis, Stones and more have been hatching and this is a great time of year to dry dropper fish. With flows in their current state , the name of the game will now be attractor patterns and smaller midges. Look for fish in the deeper runs and pools. Fish will be keyed in on small stoneflies, midges and egg patterns. Make sure you are using enough split shot to get your flies in front of these fish. Try- Egg patterns, Wire Stones, other stones, Zebra Midges, Radiation Baetis, Mighty midges and more.

River Information

This stretch of the Blue River, below Green Mountain River, offers limited public access and is largely privately owned. The first three miles below the dam can be quite productive, however somewhat difficult to fish depending on flows. Too high and wading becomes nearly impossible. Too low late in the summer, and the river can become overgrown with moss and seemingly unfishable. Fishing will be best between 150-300 CFS. The river sees abundant bug life and offers, for the most part, year-round fishing.

Seasonal Conditions

The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir is fishable year round. Winter and early spring time will be primarily a nymphing game with fish focusing in on midges, baetis and egg patterns. Summer offers anglers the opportunity to match the hatch with the various caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, and terrestrials this canyon sees. Covering water with a dry/dropper combo would be a good bet. With fall comes a noticable refocus on midges and mayflies and the stoneflies and caddis begin to taper off. Streamers can produce throughout the majority of the year as well.

Additional River Information

Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 333 cfs
  • Wind 8 mph
  • Temp 73 °F
  • High/Low 79/41

River access

Access here is very limited due to the majority of this 25-mile piece of water being private. However the first three miles below Green Mountain Reservoir are the most popular and public parking access exists just below the dam. Anglers should take caution when fishing here in adverse conditions or if you are not in good physical condition. There is a very steep incline that must be descended and ascended from the parking lot. This can be quite difficult/dangerous when covered in snow and ice.

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