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General Pointers on the Salmonfly Hatch

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Salmonflies have begun to emerge from the Colorado River from Gore Canyon downstream to the Two Bridges area.  Being perhaps the most anticipated hatch of the year, emerging Salmonflies  generally brings about as much excitement to fly fishermen as Christmas morning to a ten-year-old.  However, this can also bring about as much disappointment and confusion when it comes to hitting…
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Colorado River Salmonfly Hatch Update – May 29, 2015

Posted on May 29th, 2015

Today is day 4 of the Salmonfly hatch. Yesterday again we saw good numbers of adult Pteronarcys in the willows and bushes along the banks, with increasing amounts of flying Salmonflies in the afternoon. Action has been a mixed bag these first few days of the hatch, with more action coming on nymph patterns than dries. This is to be…
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Dillon Dam Forecast – February 12, 2015

Posted on February 12th, 2015

Water releases from Dillon Dam into the Blue River this morning saw a drop of 30% from yesterday’s high flow of 311 cfs.  Currently, the flow through Silverthorne stands at 203 cfs.  In a conversation with Denver Water earlier today, they laid out a plan for the near future for Dillon Reservoir and what to expect on the Blue River….
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Dillon Dam Release Update – February 3, 2015

Posted on February 4th, 2015

After an initial jump in flows to 289 cfs, a whopping 160%, today the Blue River through Silverthorne pulled back to 203. This is a result of Denver Water turning off the siphon system that has been in place since maintenance began on the Dillon Dam in August. With a little over five days of time to test the integrity…
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It’s Finally Here: Bottom Release of Dillon Dam Reservoir into The Blue River

Posted on January 27th, 2015

It’s finally here! The release we have all been waiting for.  Denver Water does point out the potential for inconsistencies in the release until they get the system tested and dialed in. So hold on to your fly rods, it’s going to be a mysis shrimp BONANZA. Here’s the skinny: Denver Water plans to increase Dillon Reservoir’s outflow as we test the…
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New Colorado River Water Protection – Pumphouse Whitewater Park

Posted on January 23rd, 2015

An off-season project at Pumphouse is underway to add a white water play wave. The new feature will stretch perpendicular across the river about 75% of the channel width just above the second boat ramp, or also known as the hand launch ramp just below the central parking area. It’s designed to create a standing wave for “play boaters”, while…
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Dillon Dam Maintenance Update, Blue River – Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Yesterday morning we had the chance to speak with Denver Water for a status update with regards to the schedule for completion of the ongoing maintenance project on Dillon Dam.  The information was promising, albeit a little uncertain for a specific date. It looks as if the actual maintenance and repair work may finish late this week.  From there it…
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Dillon Dam Maintenance Update – January 6, 2015

Posted on January 6th, 2015

We spoke with Denver Water again late yesterday and have some additional insight into the completion of the ongoing maintenance project, as well as the process for getting the whole system back online to normal operations. Keep in mind that we are fish-heads, not engineers so, some of our verbiage may be a little generic and lacking in proper terminology….
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Dillon Dam Project Update -December 23, 2014

Posted on December 23rd, 2014

A major maintenance project on The Dillon Dam, which began in August, continues as we close out the year.  Originally scheduled to wrap up in the later part of December, delays have pushed it back slightly to the early part of January. As we have mentioned in our previous reports, the river is not operating in a typical tailwater release…
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Blue River Below Dillon Reservoir Release Plan From Denver Water

Posted on July 1st, 2014

The Blue River here in Silverthorne continues to run at a rather robust level.  As of this morning, current flows are 792 cfs.  This is after the second step back up in releases this week after a short lived recession down to 525 cfs.  Not only has the release gone up, it will continue to rise over the week, maybe…
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