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Fishing Secrets of the Rocky Mountains Revealed in Silverthorne

Jack Yeaton

As you breathe a sigh of relief after braving the perils of interstate 70 and roll down the ramp into the quaint mid mountain oasis of Silverthorne you take note the majestic Blue River and its banks scattered with anglers. A quick hour and a half drive from the metropolis of Denver, public access to the Blue throughout the town of Silverthorne is available. If you came up to the mountains to get away from the hoards of people then focus your efforts towards the northern end of town where the crowds are more sparse. Well known as a stretch of gold medal trout fishing, any true angler would be wrought not to test their skills on this river.

Notoriously technical,even a seasoned angler can fulfill their thirst for a challenge on the blue. The flow that comes out of Dillon reservoir has barely had a chance to change forms from solid ice and snow to liquid and coincidentally these conditions produce primarily, very small varieties of aquatic insects. Typically the recommended fly patterns will be imitating the midge (the smallest but also most consistently prolific food source for trout in the Blue) but with constantly changing water and weather conditions, seeking advice is not a bad idea. Make a quick visit to the local fly shop Cutthroat Anglers, just a few steps away from the Blue River. The knowledgeable staff can supply you with all the proper tackle and most up to date information that you may need in order to wrangle some of those hogs.

While the most well known resident species in the Blue river are the trophy size Rainbow Trout, you can also find wild Brown trout, the rarely found Cutthroat trout, and if you're lucky other less common species will find their way into the river from Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir. All of which are sporty to catch and will put that oh so satisfactory bend in your rod. Within the town limits, you will have to put that trout right back in the river to be caught another day, but you wont walk away without gaining something greater, a deeper connection with the river, nature, and the memories created.

Maybe you were involuntarily elected to entertain the family while they are visiting from out of state, or your significant other doesn't fish, but they still want to visit Silverthorne. Do not fret, there is a multitude of alternative activities for the non angling party member. The silverthorne shopping outlets are a river pebbles throw away from some of the best fishing holes, as well as some amazing day hikes and recreation trails. Whether you catch a monster or your soul is only soothed by the breath-taking scenery, it's a near guarantee you wont leave Silverthorne disappointed.

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