Blue River
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  1. Mysis Shrimp  

  2. PMD  

  3. San Juan Worm  

  4. Baetis Nymph  

  5. Black Beauty  

  6. Mercury Midge  

  7. Ant  

  8. Juju Baetis  

  9. Pat's Rubberlegs  

  10. Zebra Midge  

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Recent Guide Reports

Aug 20 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Flows are perfect throughout the Blue River corridor. Anglers should prepare for hatches of midges, caddis, blue-winged olives and Tricos.

Tips and Other Information: Flows are perfect from Silverthorn to Green Mountain Reservoir. Dillon Reservoir is full to the brim right now, infact, its at 101% of capacity. In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, dropped with and assortment of mayfly nymphs are your best bet. The lower river looks great, but fishing is difficult at best. Plan on working hard for a few fish, but the scenery and fishing is not shabby. As they say, its fishing not catching, so a day in Summit County is never a bad thing to beat the crowds. Make no mistake about it though fishing on the Blue River has been a bit of a disappointment as of late

Effective Patterns: #20-22 Juju Baetis, #20-22 Chocolate Foam Wing Emerger, #10 Pats Rubber Legs, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #16 Bead Head Breadcrust, #18 Barr Emerger, #20-22 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #14 San Juan Worm, #16 Elk Hair Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #20 Sparkle Dun, and #20 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
303-674-4700

Aug 19 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Blue is only getting better! Cloud cover, ideal air pressure and mild air temps will make for a productive week on the water. Flows have come down in recent days making for improved water clarity and a number of new holding places for trout. Look for trout to hold along the banks in the slack water in the early hours. As the day progresses, trout will move to the outer seams and deeper runs, pools and pockets. The heavy nymph rig continues to be the most effective mode of fishing. Small and simple flies will treat you well, but dont hesitate to lead with bigger attractor flies like a Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail or Pats Rubber Legs. Hatch activity is starting to pick up so be prepared to fish some dries. This time of year we prefer to go with the dry dropper and to focus on the banks. Lead with small caddis flies, Amys Ants or Chubby Chernoblys followed by at least 2 feet of tippet and a smaller nymph.

Ideal Days: Tuesday through Friday

Go to flies:

Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#12), Zebra Midges (#22-24), Black Beauties (#22-24), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), WD 40's (#20-22), Sparkle Wing RS2's (#20-22), olive RS2s (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Sparkle Pupa (#16-18), Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.

Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Amy's Ant (#12-14).



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

Aug 11 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Blue continues to improve with declining flows. In general, these trout are very selective, but this time of year they are not as much so dont worry too much about having the exact right fly and size. That said, do not go the water without some stonefly patterns. Trout are keyed in on brown/tan Pats Rubber legs and Yellow Sally nymphs. The heavy nymph rig will produce the most consistent results, but be prepared to fish some dry flies if you see trout actively rising. When nymphing, lead with a Pats or large search pattern like a Guides Choice Hares Ear followed by one or two smaller imitative midge or baetis patterns like an olive RS2 or Mercury Midge. Start by fishing the banks and as the day goes on, move on to the outer seams. Depth is key so make sure you have the appropriate amount of split shot. If you are getting stuck on occasion, that is a good thing. There are a number of hatches taking place so be prepared to fish dries. This time of year, we prefer the dry dropper rig as opposed to the exclusive dry fly set up.

Ideal Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Go to flies:

Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#12), Zebra Midges (#22-24), Black Beauties (#22-24), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), WD 40's (#20-22), Sparkle Wing RS2's (#20-22), olive RS2s (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Sparkle Pupa (#16-18), Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.

Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Amy's Ant (#12-14).



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

Aug 07 The Blue Quill Angler

Clarity: Excellent

14 Day Forecast: Flows are beginning to shape up in town, but they are still very high on the lower river. Anglers should prepare for hatches of PMDs, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Green Drakes, and sporadic Blue-Winged Olives

Tips and Other Information: Flows remain high from spring run-off! Dillon Reservoir is full to the brim right with the excess flowing over the spillway. In town, a Mysis pattern, red larva, dropped with and assortment of mayfly nymphs are your best bet right now. The lower river is blown out. The fishing on the Blue has been a bit of a disappointment as of late, other options might be a good decision.

Effective Patterns: #20 Juju Baetis, #20 Choc Foam Wing Emerger, #10 Pats Rubber Legs, #22 Stalcups Baetis, #20-22 Mercury Midge, #20-22 Manhattan Midge, #12 Hares Ear, #16 Bead Head Breadcrust, #18 Barr Emerger, #20 Sparkle Wing RS 2, #16 Caddis, #14 Yellow Stimulator, #16 PMD, #20 Parachute Adams.

This report was written by The Blue Quill Angler: http://www.bluequillangler.com
303-674-4700

Aug 04 FlyCast River Forecast

Technicality: 3/5

Fishing on the Blue continues to improve as flows come down from peak runoff a few weeks ago. Water levels are still higher compared to historical norms for this time of year, but trout are now able to spread out to some degree. You are going to want to spend most of your time focusing on the banks and slower eddies as this is where trout will feed most heavily. The double or triple nymph rig will be the most consistent mode of fishing. Good lead flies include: Pats Rubber Legs (brown/tan), San Juan Worms, Eggs, Flashback Pheasant Tails or Guides Choice Hares Ears. Trail any of the aforementioned lead flies with one or more imitative patterns like a Zebra Midge, Mercury Midge, Jujubaetis, or RS2. Remember, keep it simple when it comes to your nymphs. Dry fly action has improved, but can be hit or miss. Trout will feed predominantly along the banks and in areas with cover. Consider using either a dry dropper or double dry fly rig upon hatch activity and actively rising trout.

Ideal Days: Monday through Wednesday & Sunday

Go to flies:

Sub-Surface Flies: Pats Rubber Legs (#12), Zebra Midges (#22-24), Black Beauties (#22-24), Top Secret Midges (#22-24), Mercury Midge (#22-24), WD 40's (#20-22), Sparkle Wing RS2's (#20-22), olive RS2s (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Electric Caddis (#16-18), Sparkle Pupa (#16-18), Mysis Shrimp, SJ Worms.

Surface Flies: Parachute Adams (#20-22), Griffiths Gnat (#22-24), Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18), Amy's Ant (#12-14).



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

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