Top Ten Hidden Trout Fisheries

Blue River, Colorado

Not much of this trout stream provides a wilderness experience unless fishing in plain sight of discount shopping centers and the cars zooming along the interstate is your idea of wild country. But as the photo shows, the reason to visit the Blue is the big fish. Located in central Colorado near the ski town of Breckenridge, this year-round, north-flowing tailwater produces behemoth trout courtesy of its population of mysis shrimp. Midge fishing in winter is popular, if not difficult, just below Dillon Reservoir. The ten-mile stretch between Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoirs offers plenty of public access. The Blue has quietly become one of the most productive year-round streams in the west, with browns and rainbows growing to incredible sizes. You won't be angling by yourself, the wind can kick up at times and the multiple hatches can be tough to figure out. But did I mention that the fish are really, really big?


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