Looking to get some fishing in this fall? It’s a popular time of year to cast a line in the water, so what do you do to be a little more successful in your endeavor? Today we will go through a few tips that are awesome for fishermen of all skill levels. First, we will touch on the Blue River and some various points where you can fish it. Then we will review some techniques and flies for these sections and conclude on some great resources for knowledge and gear that can be found in this area.
Where to Fish the Blue River in Colorado
Word on the street is it’s a low-water season in Colorado. It is correct, and the river is nearly non-existent in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. However, as you venture downstream towards Silverthorne and the Green Mountain Reservoir, the fishing is still abundant. Fish just below the Dillon Dam near Silverthorne where the river is currently running at just above 50 CFS or head north of Silverthorne by the Green Mountain Reservoir. The recent drops in the water levels are helping anglers access many different sections and eddies while wading with relative ease. This could help you in your next endeavor!
What to Bring for Your Fishing Excursion
Now that you know where to go, we will talk about some aspects of the river, gear to use, and techniques that work great for these sections. The section of the Blue River closer to Breckenridge has fully cleared and is finding success with dry fishing. For the best success you will want to use small hoppers and dry flies. You can find some huge rainbow trout in this section. These fish can be resident, and you will want to do some sight fishing for more success. The section of the Blue Below Dillon Dam has come down significantly and is much easier to access as well. The fish can be found in deep pockets hiding. These sections will hold large concentrations of the trout. You will want to be hunting for your fish here as well, making sure that you see your fish before throwing your fly. In the highest section near the green mountain reservoir, the water has increased slightly due to recent showers. This mucks up the clarity of the water, but the fish are a bit more spread out. You will want to use Nymph rings for this section.
Where to Grab Some Fishing Gear
Many of these techniques are well known for Blue River anglers, but there is always someone that knows the most recently proven techniques that are giving fishermen success. If you are looking to gain some great knowledge for your fly fishing, or need to rent some gear, make sure to check out the following local resources. The local Orvis endorsed would be Breckenridge Outfitters, Sunrise Anglers, and Freestone Outfitters. Another awesome resource for the area on the Lower Blue River would be Fly Fishing Colorado located in Kremmling, Colorado. This company has gear rentals, guided tours, great advice, and much more. You could even rent a raft to do some fishing on the Upper Colorado river if you’re feeling wild!
Call Fly Fishing Colorado today for tips and tricks on fall fishing in the state, or book a 2-Hour Walk & Wade or 4-Hour Float Fishing Trip if you want to skip the hassle and just get out on the river for a few hours.