Blue River - at Silverthorne Fly Fishing Report
Last update 10/22/16 - The Outlets can be a good place to spend a few hours of fishing in late October. Crowds are primarily down and fish are feeding for most of the day. As usual this will mostly be a technical nymphing game with fine tippets (around 5X-6X) and tiny Midges. You may encounter a Blue Winged Olive hatch during overcast/inclement conditions, so be prepared with a few dries and emergers in the #20 - #26 range. Some lake run Kokanee and Browns can be found above Green Mountain Res. but one might do more searching than fishing for these spawners. Eggs and Worms should also be included in your rigs, all the way through the Winter.- Mike Price, Professional Fly Fishing Guide Trouts Frisco
- Flow: 107 cfs
- Wind: 4.9 MPH
- Temp: 37.6 °F
- High/Low: 60/40
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.
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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.