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River: Blue River (Below Dillon Res)
Fish: Rainbow Trout

I'm so Blue!

Post By: Toadfish      Posted: 9/2/2016 9:18:28 PM     Points: 3817    
Not really, today was actually a great day on the river! 3 different species and 10 rainbows none of which were under 12". My fly rod and I got a workout that's for sure! 2 of the fish were 16" with a couple more 14" or better. Lost 1 that broke my 5x when he jumped that went close to 20". What a great day!!

Sorry couldnt put any pics in the post, they were all too big, but they are down in the pictures section if you care to take a gander. Still trying to figure out why they're thinking of removing the Gold Medal designation on this water, there are fat, healthy, vibrant fish all over in that River, thanks to mr mysis!
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/2/2016 9:24:16 PM     Points: 36827    
Way to go Nate!
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 9/3/2016 12:01:55 PM     Points: 3817    
Thanks Bron, it's amazing to me that a river right through the middle of town can have such great fish in it that aren't hook shy in the least bit.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 9/3/2016 6:11:18 PM     Points: 36827    
San Juan is the same way in Pagosa.
 Reply by: MALLEN      Posted: 9/4/2016 6:02:00 AM     Points: 44    
The reason(S) the Blue has lost its Gold Medal label, is that those big fish are purchased and planted, and that is why they are not hook shy There is no natural reproduction in the river, as far as Rainbows go and limited on browns. The river has been dyeing a slow death for about 15 years..
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: 9/4/2016 9:22:01 AM     Points: 3817    
Mallen, I caught a couple of rainbows that were < 6". Granted, with as many big fish as are in there, 2 small bows is a very low #. Thanks for the info.
 Reply by: MALLEN      Posted: 9/8/2016 1:47:04 PM     Points: 44    
small fish do not mean the river is okay, it just means they made there way up from green mountain or the state put some in... The Blue is in a lot of trouble, the water is too cold for a spring spawn and there is not correct habitat for redds., The next step for the state is to label the river as dead, which means no natural reproduction. I have fished the Blue for 30+ years, have watched and kept notes on a steady decline for the past 12 years. The planted fish are very easy to distinguish from the old resident fish. At one point not to long ago there were no fish counted / found for over 100 yds outside town. It is going to a difficult fix, as Denver holds the water rights to Dillon, so allowing more water out on a 365 day basis, and taking some warmer water from the middle / top of the dam is no easy chore.