Blue River

What to expect

The Blue River, fed by alpine reservoirs and mountain tributaries, is a quintessential Colorado tailwater. Rainbow trout and brown trout abound in its cool, clear waters. As you navigate the river, you’ll encounter a mix of deep pools, riffles, and runs to keep things interesting.

The prime section of the Blue River is the tailwater below Dillion Reservoir. Beginning in Silverthorne and flowing north to Green Mountain reservoir, this section fishes fairly consistently year round. This is a smaller river, best accessed by wading, and the best technique is usually nymphing with light tackle and small flies. Don’t let the small flies and river fool you. There are some good sized trout in this river with the occasional fish netted over 20”.

Beyond the fishing, the Blue River near Silverthorne treats anglers to awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and wildlife sightings that add to the overall experience.

Who to use

When a fly shop backs up to the river, you know they are some fishy people. Cutthroat Anglers ( is one of the most well known and respected fly shops in Summit County for the last 20 years.


Where to eat/drink

  • Start your day right with a breakfast burrito or sandwich at Melody’s Food Cart.

  • After a long day on the water, you can never go wrong with a burger and a beer from Baker’s Brewery.

How to get there

From Denver, it is a very easy drive to Silverthorne. If it’s not a weekend with busier mountain traffic, expect a little over an hour up Interstate 70 to the Silverthorne exit.

Ease of Access

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