River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 127 cfsCurrent Temp: 92°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   127 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   128 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   128 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   124 cfs
Gage Height:   1.64 ft

The Big T is fishing well as we finally begin to see something other than midges on the water almost every day. While the little bugs are still definitely producing the most eats, BWO's have been plentiful on cloudier days, and don't be surprised to see a stray Caddis now and again either. The tailwater section below Lake Estes has been crowded as usual, so venture down into the upper half of the canyon to find some solitude and less educated fish. 6x Fluorocarbon will convince substantially more eats than 5x at these low flows, especially if you're trying to feed fish on the surface. The best dry fly action will be from 11-4 when water temps warm up enough for the bugs to pop off, but nymphing outside this window can be productive as well. Try small Parachute Adams, Smokejumper Midges, and Sprout Midges up top, as well as BWO and Caddis emerges. Down low, the most consistent rig seems to be a Pandemic BWO to a gray RS2, but any combo of Caddis, BWO's, Midges, or san juans will get the job done. Hot Flies are Sparkle Wing RS2's, Rainbow Warriors, Iron Lotus, Girdle Bugs, San Juans if stained, and white streamers like the Bread and Bugger. The T in Rocky Mountain National Park is beginning to heat up and get into the swing of things as well. Look for sunny warm days to get those temps up and the fish active and eating. The aforementioned bugs will work up there as well, although you may want to wait a couple more weeks to bust out the Caddis on a regular basis.

Report Updated On: 05/18/2015
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