Blue River Fly Fishing

The 28th most popular fly fishing river in Colorado.

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Starting in Silverthorne from Dillon Reservoir, the Blue River is a popular tailwater fly fishing river that heads north to Kremmling at the confluence with the Colorado River. The first couple miles from the Dillon Reservoir dam are Gold Medal fly fishing stream that area catch-and-release only. This section is known for year-round fishing for very large rainbow trout and brown trout. While fishing and midge hatches are year-round especially close to the dam tailwater, the best caddis season is from mid-June through mid-August.

There area numerous fly fishing access points for the Blue River, but surprisingly, many fishermen just park at the Factory Stores in Silverthorne right off US70 via Exit #205.

While most fly fishermen focus on the tailwaters of the Blue River, there are about 10 miles of the upper Blue River above Dillon Reservoir that are also quite productive for 12 to 16 inch trout found in the pools and riffles.

Overall, Blue River is the 28th most popular fly fishing river of all 47 fly fishing spots in Colorado.


Local Contact(s):  CO Visitors (800) COLORADO

Recommended Book:  "50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish" from Wendy Gunn

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Article Source:   Best Blue River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  39.626715, -106.067774

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  4/16/2017

ID:  22253

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