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Trouts Journal

Gone Fishin’: Trouts Blue River Follow Up

Ivan Orsic / Nov 17, 2014

Under the guidance of our owner, the Trouts team set their sights on the lower Blue River recently. I mean afterall, when the boss says "Let's go fish" it's your employee duty to listen.

The weather was pleasant and the sun shining as we caravanned West on I-70 towards the mountains. The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir our final destination. Having everything from dry fly baetis patterns to a two-hander rigged for swinging streamers at the ready, visions of big trout danced through our heads (too early for the Christmas reference?)

Upon arrival at the parking lot, we were pleased to find a surprisingly light crowd. We rigged up, wadered up, tied on flies, put a few cold ones in our slings/hip packs and hit the trail. After putting several miles between our crew and the cars, we started looking for the first bite. Side note- for those who haven't hiked this canyon before, make it a point to sometime. It's easy to get to and incredibly scenic. While I've been there many times myself, the beauty of the place never fails to amaze me. I'd even go as far as saying it's impossible to fish in here and not find yourself unconsciously taking multiple breaks from fishing throughout the day to simply just look around and admire the surroundings.

But back to fishing- for those who have been here before, I know you'll appreciate this- every run, riffle and pocket looks like you should get an eat out of! We began picking apart the river and hooking up with a few fish. As can happen, the hopes of a good streamer bite was not looking to happen. Cody stuck with it on throughout the day on the two-hander but for whatever reason, no one wanted to chase. Baetis and egg patterns were far and away the most productive and the portion of the crew sticking with the bobber rigs were bringing fish to the net fairly consistently. While the majority of us at the shop here are in our late 20's-mid 30's, the added years with fly rod in hand didn't seem to matter to the fish. Andrew- one of our 'still in high school'- employees went to work catching A) the most and B) the biggest fish of the trip. I know, I know....kids these days...

As we headed back to Denver with a big steak dinner on our minds (thanks Tucker!) it would be impossible to not consider the day a success.

Don't think that just because Winter is approaching and the temps dropping that fishing still won't be good! You can guarantee several of us from the shop will still be out every week throughout the upcoming months. Thinking about bundling up and heading to the river? Give us a shout or swing by the shop. We'll get you pointed in the right direction and with the right flies in your box!

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