Blue River
Tailwaters (below Dillon Dam)

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Trending Flies in Recent Reports

  1. Mysis Shrimp  

  2. Black Beauty  

  3. Juju Baetis  

  4. Zebra Midge  

  5. RS-2  

  6. San Juan Worm  

  7. Baetis Nymph  

  8. Mercury Midge  

  9. Griffith's Gnat  

  10. Parachute Adams  

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Apr 16 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent in Silverthorne

14 Day Forecast: Look for intermittent hatches of midges.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are at their normal historic levels for this time of year. I suspect, with above average snowpack, Denver Water will begin to ramp up outflows to prepare for a huge run off. In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, dropped with and assortment of mayfly nymphs are your best bet right now. Fishing overall on the Blue River has been a disappointment as of late, as the number of trout are way down. Your best bet is to fish in town and sight fish to increase your odds of hooking fish. Anglers who are blind fishing are not enjoying much success

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #20 Pale Olive Midge Larva, #22-24 Black Beauty, #22-24 Bling Midge, #22-24 Top Secret Midge, #22-24 Minute Midge, #22-24 Jujubee Midge, #22-24 Matts Midge, #22-24 Griffith Gnat, and #24-26 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
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Apr 14 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Blue has been great! However, the crowds are really starting to pick up. Flows are in line with historical averages and mild air temps are making for some great hatches. The trout are comparatively active, but are feeding selectively on small and simple midge and baetis patterns as well as the occasional mysis shrimp. Fishing dries can be productive on warm and cloudy days. Were seeing consistent midge hatches in the later morning and afternoon so make sure youve got some Parachute Adams and Griffiths Gnats handy. When fishing dries, focus on areas with cover. There are a number of bridges that produce great results, but also look for low hanging brush that act as protection for trout.

Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday (Afternoon), Thursday & Friday

Go to flies:

Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#12-14).

Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#12), Zebra Midges (#22-24), Black Beauties (#20-24), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), WD 40's (#20-22), Sparkle Wing RS2's (#22-24), olive RS2s (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-24), Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Apr 07 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

The Blue is in great shape. While flows have come down slightly they are sitting slightly above historical averages. As such, trout have the opportunity to spread out and are feeding on consistently higher food sources. Water clarity remains good above the cable run, but it is slightly off color further downstream. With warm weather this tailwater is becoming increasingly crowded so youre going to want to arrive earlier than youd expect in order to claim your stake. Trout continue to feed on mysis shrimp released from the dam and on smaller midge and baetis patterns. Black, white, and dark green appear to be the variety of choice when it comes to fly color. The Zebra midge, miracle midge, Top Secret and RS2 have made for productive trailer flies. If you are not leading with a mysis pattern, go with an egg, worm or slightly larger (#18) search pattern like a Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail. Fishing dries continues to improve with stable flows and mild weather. Make sure you have some midge and BWO patterns in your line up. Any combination of the Parachute Adams, Sparkle Duns, and Griffiths Gnat has made for a deadly combo.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Friday & Sunday

Go to flies:

Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#12-14).

Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#12), Zebra Midges (#22-24), Black Beauties (#20-24), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), WD 40's (#20-22), Sparkle Wing RS2's (#22-24), olive RS2s (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-24), Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

Apr 01 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Flows on the Blue witnessed a much needed increase last week. As a result the trout are feeding heavily and have been more inclined to spread out. Water clarity remains good from the cable run up to the dam and the trout here are going to town on mysis shrimp. Below the cable run water clarity is comparatively worse making it difficult to sight fish, but having minimal impact of feeding. By and large, you are going to want to stick with the heavy nymph rigs and focus on the deeper runs, pools and pockets, but expect trout to spread out and feed closer to the surface as water and air temps rise throughout the day. Small and simple flies will continue to reign king, but make sure to have some worms and eggs handy as they often make for great slump busters.

Ideal Days to Fish: Monday, Thursday & Friday

Go to flies:

Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#20-24), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Amy's Ant (#12-14).

Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#12), Zebra Midges (#22-24), Black Beauties (#20-24), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), WD 40's (#20-22), Sparkle Wing RS2's (#22-24), olive RS2s (#22-24), JuJu Baetis (#20-24), Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.



This report was written by FlyCast River Forecast: https://www.flycastusa.com/

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