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Fishing Information

Blue River - below Green Mountain Reservoir

COLORADO BASIN Fishing Report
Rating
2/5
Flow
258 cfs
Wind
2 mph
Temperature
38 °F
Low/High
5/38
Weather @COLORADO BASIN - Updated January 16, 2022 - 1:06pm by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update: 1/13/2022

Flows are around 260 CFS below GMR today. The river is very wadable at these flows but be cautious of ice along the banks. Despite challenging conditions we are still picking up a few good fish on any given day. Weather is constantly sporadic down here, so dress accordingly. Tandem nymph rigs are still working for us- a small midge or baetis trailed behind a brighter imitation like a SJ worm or yarn egg has been one of many winning combinations. For our small trailer, sizes #18-20 have been perfect. #14-16 are working for our lead flies. Searching water with streamers has also been a productive option. #4-6 wooly buggers or Kreelix minnow on floating or sinking tip lines are good options here. These patterns mentioned above are included in our fly choice selection below!

Historical River Flow

River Information

This stretch of the Blue River, below Green Mountain River, offers limited public access and is largely privately owned. The first three miles below the dam can be quite productive, however somewhat difficult to fish depending on flows. Too high and wading becomes nearly impossible. Too low late in the summer, and the river can become overgrown with moss and seemingly unfishable. Fishing will be best between 150-300 CFS. The river sees abundant bug life and offers, for the most part, year-round fishing.

Seasonal Conditions

The Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir is fishable year round. Winter and early spring time will be primarily a nymphing game with fish focusing in on midges, baetis and egg patterns. Summer offers anglers the opportunity to match the hatch with the various caddis, mayflies, stoneflies, and terrestrials this canyon sees. Covering water with a dry/dropper combo would be a good bet. With fall comes a noticable refocus on midges and mayflies and the stoneflies and caddis begin to taper off. Streamers can produce throughout the majority of the year as well.

Additional River Information

Blue River below Green Mountain Reservoir

COLORADO BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 258 cfs
  • Wind 2 mph
  • Temp 38 °F
  • High/Low 5/38

River access

Access here is very limited due to the majority of this 25-mile piece of water being private. However the first three miles below Green Mountain Reservoir are the most popular and public parking access exists just below the dam. Anglers should take caution when fishing here in adverse conditions or if you are not in good physical condition. There is a very steep incline that must be descended and ascended from the parking lot. This can be quite difficult/dangerous when covered in snow and ice.

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