Date: March 14, 2012
Blue River Flow: 83 CFS
Water Temp: 37 Degrees
Flies: #20-22 Black Beauty, #18-22 Miracle Midge, #20-22 Mysis Shrimp, #20-22 RS2, #20-22 Johnny Flash, 6mm Mottled Ruby Roe Troutbeads, 6mm Mottled Glow Roe
The Blue River in the town of Silverthorne can be a frustrating fishery. But just a few fish can make your day, or even your year. The few fish we did catch today, were fat and colorful. The weather was incredible, which actually worked to our disadvantage. The snow melting is turning the water a little off color late in the day. There is just a little snow left in town to melt so it should end this week (at least in the upper river). CHECK this out!!
This was the fish of the day! And maybe for my year. There are not many fish like this left in the upper Blue. Do not really know why, but they are now hard to come by. We saw several 16-18″ fish in the river today and most of them were clean and healthy. Sight fishing is a must on the Blue. If we did not see the fish, we would have never caught them. Walk slow, look hard and be patient. There are some gems still left!
No bugs on the river to speak of. The water temps are still in the high 30’s. Not a single bug in the air. Mysis, Midges and Eggs will be the main flies in your arsenal. Fish 5X when you can and 6X when you must. One of these fish will snap 6X like nothing was even there. It is all about your drift and not necessarily your tippet size. Use a small indicator, preferably yarn (thingamabobbers hit the water too hard). Fish WILL spook from indicators in the Blue. Look for red, if you are color blind like my buddy Jim, you’re screwed! The red it what will tip you off when there is a fish in the hole!
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