Weekend Angler: Denver
Surprisingly enough, one of the best trophy tailwater rivers in Colorado can be reached in less than an hour and a half from Denver.
The Blue River below Dillon Reservoir in Summit County is fast becoming a hot spot for its enormous rainbows and browns fattened by scores of mysis shrimp escaping through the dam.
A far cry from the breathtaking scenery of the South Platte, angling on the Blue River is referred to as"factory fishing" because of the factory outlet stores that surround the river in the ski town of Silverthorne.
Don't let the urban setting fool you however, as there are good numbers of browns and rainbows in the 5- to 15-pound range. Again, you will be using a lot of nymphs in the size 20 and smaller range as well as mysis shrimp patterns in a variety of sizes.
The rivers that receive these unique shrimp from the reservoirs above contain some of the largest trout in the state. And the trout are often referred to as "football fish" due to their grotesque proportions which result from gorging on these bizarre creatures.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication