River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 116 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Dillon Res
Current:   116 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   116 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   119 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   119 cfs
Gage Height:   1.08 ft

Below Green Mountain Res.
Current:   451 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   462 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   476 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   484 cfs
Gage Height:   4.80 ft

Flows have come down throughout the entire Blue River system. Through town, fish will be returning to their normal holding zones. The flow bellow Dillon is hovering right around 200 CFS, which means the fish can start to hold where they are in the colder months. However, the trout in town are more active in the summer months, so don't overlook fast riffles when you're picking your spot. Mysis can still work well with the lower flows, but my summer rig usually consists of midges and caddis patterns. You do not have to be fishing #24's at this time of the year, so don't be afraid to fish a bigger midge in sizes #16-#20. The water coming out of Dillon is clear but as you move through town and below Green Mountain the water becomes more off color as feeder creeks drain in. Below Green Mountain, flows are coming down and the bug life is incredible. Floating this section is always a fun option, but for those of us without a boat it still fishes great on foot in the upper canyon. This can be a tricky spot to wade in even when the flows are coming down, so unless you are fishing with a friend or several friends, try not to do solo trips- crossing the lower Blue at 600 CFS is not going to happen. Below Green Mountain, you can vary your bug selection more so than in Silverthorne. Try fishing Stoneflies, Caddis, Sallies and PMD's. Streamers can also be deadly on the lower sections. A heavy grain sink tip is a must if you want to be effective with streamers down in the canyon. Try swinging, dead drifting, jigging and stripping streamers for some bigger browns that call this canyon home. The Blue above Dillon is a little hidden gem that can hold some larger than average fish for the size of the creek. The Blue in Breck also fishes great this time of the year. Dry-Droppers with stones, PMDs, san juans, leeches and caddis droppers will do the trick. If you're not picking up fish, either drop off a second fly to get deeper or switch to a nymph rig. With the flows dropping across the board, sight fishing becomes more applicable and it is part of what makes the Blue so fun. Try to spot the fish you want and then make your best drifts to the trout, this is how many of the bigger fish are caught in town.

Report Updated On: 07/25/2017
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