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Trouts Journal

Opportunity To Fish The Lower Blue River

Ivan Orsic / Mar 19, 2013

This 26" bruiser was hooked, landed and safely released this past Saturday on the Lower Blue River - photo courtesy of Reid Baker

Trout’s Guide Service just had a last minute cancellation for one of our signature properties on the Lower Blue River this Thursday – March 21. A last minute trip cancellation = an awesome fly fishing opportunity for you. As an incentive to get a Trout’s customer to book this trip, we are offering a $40 discount off our full day guide rate. This is most likely the last spring day available to fish this property – all of our other dates are booked solid.

Late February through April is a unique season for the YR Ranch. During this time, rainbow trout push out of the Colorado River into the Lower Blue River and anglers get a chance to target large and aggressive fish. This property offers a variety of amazing fishing situations - dries, nymphs and streamers can all be productive throughout the spring.

The YR ranch does not receive any stocking and produces many wild trophy trout each year.

This full day trip on private water will book quickly so call the shop at 877.464.0034 to reserve your spot this Thursday and to get all of the pricing details.

Here is our March 16th fishing report from this property:

Weather/Temperature: Cool and damp, high of 45F, cloudy all day until late in the afternoon

Flies (Pattern, size, color): Egg (peach), WD-50 (18), Black Beauty (18-20), Rainbow Warrior (18), Jujubaetis (18-22).

Fishing Report: I think it’s safe to say GAME ON at the YR Ranch for the spring season. Todd and John arrived on the river to a cold, wet day with little sun. But these seasoned anglers have seen all sorts of conditions and were chomping at the bit to hit the water. We began catching fish right away, with landing a mixed bag of resident brown and rainbows between 12-17”. Moments in, Todd hooked an enormous migratory fish that spit his hook after taking a long downstream run. Todd remained cool about the whole thing and just laughed it off. All our fish were being hooked in the slow deep water utilizing plenty of weight to get our flies down. Fish seemed to be fairly localized, an indication that the water is still on the colder side. We temped the water in the morning at 36F, in the afternoon at 42F. Late in the day, John landed a monster rainbow on an egg pattern. The fish was holding behind a large boulder in faster current and hit his fly HARD. After several good runs the fish finally came to hand, measured at 26”, this wild Colorado River fish is the fish of a lifetime and we were all ecstatic to see such a great healthy rainbow in a recovering drainage.

To book your day withi Trout's Guide Service call 877.464.0034.

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