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Blue River - Below Green Mountain - Colorado

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoons #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties
February Midges Late Mornings - Afternoons #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties,Griffith's Gnats
March Midges Late Mornings - Afternoons #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties
Blue Winged Olives Afternoons #18 - #20 Rusty Spinner, BWO Comparadun
April Midges Late Mornings - Afternoons #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties
Blue Winged Olives Afternoons #18 - #20 Rusty Spinner, BWO Comparadun
May Midges Late Mornings #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties
Caddis Afternoons - Evenings #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Green Foam Caddis
June Midges Mornings #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties
Stoneflies Afternoons - Evenings #8 - #14 Yellow Sally, Stimulator
July Caddis Mornings - Afternoons #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Green Foam Caddis
Stoneflies Afternoons - Evenings #8 - #14 Yellow Sally, Stimulator
August Caddis Mornings - Afternoons #14 - #18 Elk Hair Caddis, Green Foam Caddis
Stoneflies Afternoons - Evenings #8 - #14 Yellow Sally, Stimulator
September Blue Winged Olives Late Mornings - Afternoons #18 - #20 Rusty Spinner, BWO Comparadun
Stoneflies Afternoons #8 - #14 Yellow Sally, Stimulator
October Midges Late Mornings - Afternoons #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties
Blue Winged Olives Afternoons #18 - #20 Rusty Spinner, BWO Comparadun
November Blue Winged Olives Late Mornings - Afternoons #18 - #20 Rusty Spinner, BWO Comparadun
December Midges Late Mornings - Afternoons #20 - #26 Zebra Midges, Black Beauties

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Blue River below Green Mountain is a must-visit for fly-fishing enthusiasts, characterized by its stunning landscape, excellent water flows, and plentiful trout stock. Some of the best spots include:
  • Green Mountain Tailwater: Just below the dam, it offers amazing fishing year-round, thanks to its regulated water temperature.
  • Tumble Creek Confluence: This picturesque spot has plenty of large trout hiding in its deeper waters.
  • Spring’s Gulch: Ideal for wading, it gives a high chance of landing brown and rainbow trout.
  • Blue River Campground: Excellent fishing opportunities, surrounded by scenic vistas and accessible camping facilities.
  • Columbine Landing Access: Known for its big brown trout, this quiet section is less frequented by anglers.
Remember, like most fly-fishing waters in Colorado, the Blue River operates under Gold Medal Water Regulations for certain stretches, meaning all fishing is catch-and-release.

Best Access Points

The Blue River below the Green Mountain offers some excellent spots for fly fishing. Accessible and well-stocked, it’s a favourite among anglers. Here are the best points to access the river:
  • Cowboy Park: Accessible by a well-marked trail, offering large sections of the river for fishing, especially for beginners.
  • Green Mountain Reservoir: The area below Green Mountain Dam provides abundant opportunities to catch trout and other fish species.
  • Blue River Campground: Excellent for fly fishing with easy water access and ample camping facilities.
Before heading out, always check local regulations and ensure you have the correct permits. Be aware that portions of the river run through private property, so always respect property rights while accessing these fishing spots. Also consider hiring a local guide to learn about the best fly fishing techniques and navigate the river safely.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: This is a common species on the Blue River and very popular among fly fishing enthusiasts.
  • Rainbow Trout: Fly fishers also love this species because of its bright color and challenging catch.
  • Brook Trout: This small fish is sought-after because of its beautiful coloration and its prevalent presence in the river.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Named for the reddish-orange streaks on its throat, this fish is a prized catch for fly fisherman on the Blue River.
  • Mountain Whitefish: This fish is a native species in the Blue River – a common target for fly fishers in the area.
  • Grayling: The Blue River is one of the few places where you can find and fly fish for Grayling in Colorado.
  • Arctic Char: Though not as common, the Arctic Char is a special catch on the Blue River and can be targeted by fly fishers.
  • Pike: This species is typically found in slower sections and backwaters of the Blue River, making an exciting target for fly fishing.

About The River

The Blue River, a key feature of the stunning landscapes beneath the majestic Green Mountain, has a rich and fascinating history that stretches back centuries. This magnificent waterway originates from the snowmelt of the mountainous areas that surround it and presents a breathtaking sight as it takes its course against the backdrop of Green Mountain.

A few key historical points about the Blue River include:

  • Native American tribes, particularly the Ute, initially inhabited the areas around Blue River, using this waterway for sustenance and transportation.
  • During the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush, prospectors discovered gold along the river banks, transforming the Blue River into a bustling hub of activity.
  • In the 1940s, numerous dams were built along the river for electricity production and water supply, helping to shape the landscape and economy of the region.

Today, the Blue River underneath Green Mountain stands as a remarkable testament to human history, natural beauty, and continual evolution.

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