Working for the trout on the Blue River |

Working for the trout on the Blue River

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Frisco resident Steve Sutton casts a line fishing for trout along the Blue river Saturday morning in the Golf Trout Tournament during the Blue River Festival. Sutton volunteered his time Saturday to guide fishermen along a private section of river.

It was difficult to follow the fly bouncing down the cascade of water. Glare from the sun glinting off the water made every drop sparkle in the early afternoon sunlight.The angler squinted in time to catch the fly as it plunged under the water. Instinctively he raised the rod and immediately felt the weight of the fish, which rushed up stream, then down. The fight was neither momentous nor long. In perhaps two minute’s time the fish was in the net.

One of his fishing partners reached over and shook his hand.”Well done,” he said, smiling.

The fish was the team’s first of the day and turned out to be one of only two caught that day. But a 15-inch brown from a skinny water riffle on the Blue River north of Silverthorne was enough to make him happy.Four-dozen other anglers shared the same feeling Saturday fishing in the Silverthorne Golf Trout tournament – a fundraising event sponsored by the town of Silverthorne as part of its efforts to raise money to further improve fish habitat on the Blue River, including restoration of nearly a half-mile of public water downstream of the Bald Eagle Bridge. The town also has plans to make improvements to the water upstream of the 6th Street Bridge and to the water just downstream of the Wilderness Road Bridge.

In all, the work would create approximately 1.6 miles of continuous trout habitat below the Dillon Dam.A combination casting competition Friday night and blind draw determined where teams fished. Some went as far a field as Troublesome Creek in Grand County, others, like our team, were able to fish close by.

Some of the teams caught “yards” of fish and others caught … well suffice it to say fewer fish and smaller fish. Nonetheless, while clearly there was competition, an enjoyable day on the river was the icing on the cake for participants, and the thousands of dollars raised was the icing on the cake for the town of Silverthorne. Jim Morgan can be reached at (970) 668-3998 or at

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