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Blue River - Breckenridge - Colorado

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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 All Day 18-22 Black Beauty, Miracle Midge, Disco Midge
February Midges All Day 18-22 Black Beauty, Rojo Midge, Disco Midge
March Midges, Blue Winged Olives All Day 18-22, 18-20 Black Beauty, Rojo Midge, Disco Midge, BWO Emerger
April Blue Winged Olives, Midges All Day 18-20, 18-22 RS2, Barr's Emerger, Black Beauty, Disco Midge
May Caddis, Blue Winged Olives, Midges All Day 14-16, 18-20, 18-22 Elk Hair Caddis, RS2, Barr's Emerger, Black Beauty
June Stoneflies, Caddis, Blue Winged Olives All Day 10-12, 14-16, 18-20 Pat's Rubber Legs, Elk Hair Caddis, RS2
July Stoneflies, Caddis, PMDs All Day 10-12, 14-16, 16-20 Pat's Rubber Legs, Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Emerger
August Hoppers, Caddis, PMDs All Day 6-10, 14-16, 16-20 Chubby Chernobyl, Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Emerger
September Hoppers, Tricos, Blue Winged Olives All Day 6-10, 20-24, 18-20 Chubby Chernobyl, Trico Spinner, RS2
October Blue Winged Olives, Midges All Day 18-20, 18-22 RS2, Barr's Emerger, Black Beauty
November Midges All Day 18-22 Black Beauty, Miracle Midge, Disco Midge
December Midges All Day 18-22 Black Beauty, Miracle Midge, Disco Midge

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 in Breckenridge offers some excellent spots for fly fishing. Here are some key areas to consider:
  • The Gold Medal Waters: Located north of the town, a portion of the river carries the “Gold Medal” designation. It’s continuously stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Equip with the right flies for a great fishing experience.
  • The Breckenridge Town Section: Fly fishing in this urban setting offers beautiful scenery, with opportunities to catch brown and rainbow trout. It’s perfectly legal to fish here; just remember to apply for the necessary permits.
  • Below Dillon Dam: This section is fruitful with fish and is a favorite among local anglers. Offering a longer stretch of water, this area sees less fishing pressure compared to the upper sections.
  • Bill’s Ranch Area: This place is a gem in Frisco, less than 10 miles north of Breckenridge. Enjoy plenty of peace, quiet, and plenty of trout.
Remember to check local rules before casting your flies.

Best Access Points

For the ultimate fly fishing experience in Breckenridge, the Blue River offers a couple of prime access locations, known for their plentiful fish and spectacular habitats. The best access points are:

  • Blue River Plaza: This is conveniently located in the heart of the town, offering great opportunities for fly fishing due to its clean waters and a plethora of fish species.
  • Blue River Campground: This site provides access to both the river and a serene, forested setting, perfect for a tranquil fishing experience.
  • Baker’s Tank: Found on the Boreas Pass, this point is picturesque and highly popular among fly fishing enthusiasts.
  • Outlet of Dillon Dam: This location is recognized for its trophy-sized trout. However, the water can be quite cold, so it’s best suited for more seasoned anglers.
Remember to follow regulations and respect the environment to ensure sustainable fishing for future generations.

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: Abundant in these waters, and a favorite amongst anglers for their beauty and sporting challenge.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for their aggressive takes and acrobatic fight. A great fish for beginners and seasoned anglers alike.
  • Brook Trout: Native to these waters, they provide a unique challenge due to their elusive nature.
  • Cutthroat Trout: Renowned for their vibrant red coloration and feisty behavior when hooked, a favorite among local fly fishers.
  • Mountain Whitefish: Although their fight is less acrobatic than trout, their large numbers make them a fun catch.
  • Arctic Char: A rare fish in these parts, offers an exciting challenge, known for their strength and speed.
  • Golden Trout: Possibly the most beautiful fish found in the Blue River, catching one is a noteworthy accomplishment due to their elusive nature.
  • Grayling: They are particularly attractive to fly fishers due to their willingness to rise to a dry fly.

About The River

The Blue River is an enchanting natural gem that streaks its way through the heart of Breckenridge. Originating from Quandary Peak, it’s been a significant part of the town’s history since its founding in the 1850s. The river’s name is inspired by the beautiful, deep blue hue of its waters.

  • Gold Rush: The Blue River played an essential role during the Colorado Gold Rush, serving as a source for vital deposits of minerals.
  • Recreation: Today, it is a popular site for recreation, offering fantastic opportunities for fly-fishing and river rafting.
  • Conservation: The town has made conscious efforts to conserve the river, notably forming the Blue River Watershed Group in the 1990s to protect it from potentially harmful development.

Visitors and locals alike have infinite praise for the Blue River and its surrounding beauty, making it a must-see spot in Breckenridge.

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