Overall River Rating:

4/5

Blue River - below Green Mountain Reservoir Fly Fishing Report

Last Update: 9/13/2016 - The lower Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir is fishing great, but with flow in the 700 cfs range wading can be tricky in spots. If you can float it, do it! This is the best time of year to float this stretch of river. The dry fly fishing can be outstanding, with Red Quills, PMD’s, Golden Stones, Caddis and BWO’s all being on the menu. A good searching/starting rig would be a #8 Olive/Crystal rubber leg Stimulator followed by a #16 Para PMD or Quill. If nothing seems to be looking up then drop a Golden Stone, Yellow Sally or Cased Caddis imitation off the Stimi. In the deeper water nymphing with any of the aforementioned bugs will serve you well. Be sure to adjust your weight and indicator distance as you change your location. Black, Olive, Tan and Rust colored Streamers will also be effective on this reach. - Mike Price, Professional Fly Fishing Guide

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. 


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Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

 

Summer: Mayflies, Caddis, Shrimp

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22

Fall: Baetis, Shrimp 

Pheasant Tail

size 16-22

Tungsten JuJu Baetis

size 18-22

RS2

size 18-22 (blk, olv, gry)

Rainbow Warrior

size 18-22

Two Bit Hooker Nymph

size 18-20

Tungsten Poison

size 18-22

Mercury RS2

size 18-22

JuJuBee Midge

size 18-22

Barrs Emerger

size 16-22

Black Beauty

size 18-22


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.  


River Access

Access here is very limited due to the majority of this 25 mile piece of water being privately owned. 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.