River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 288 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   288 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   292 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   288 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   275 cfs
Gage Height:   2.73 ft

The Big T below the lake is trending steadily downward toward the average for this time of year, aside from a solid bump from the rain about a week or so ago. Some good reports have come in recently from above the lake, too, including some of the stuff right up toward town, but it tends to be all about the canyon along US 34 at this time of year, especially if you're looking to fish primarily dry dropper/single dry fly style. Favorite patterns for August in the canyon include caddis such as the Graphic Caddis, Sparkle Pupa, Breadcrust, etc. We're getting to the time of year where I'd suggest fishing nothing heavier than 4x tippet with 5x to your dropper fly, with other scenarios such as the tailwater probably calling for 5x and maybe even 6x, depending on the situation. RS2s continue to do damage at the tailwater and in the canyon. Our guides have reported good action on PMD-flavored versions of these bugs, in pink and yellow/reddish colorations especially. Hothead Soft Hackle Sow Bugs and Leech patterns can really be effective at the tailwater on a nymph rig or as the dropper under an attractor dry like a Chubby Chernobyl. You'll find a lot more good holding zones down in the canyon at this time of the season where the water is at a nice mid-range level, so spend a little more time on a given section and make sure you're showing the flies to as many fish as possible. Sometimes the smaller pockets and seams, etc., can surprise you by holding decent fish that may have been passed on by other anglers concentrating only on the best/deepest and slowest looking holding zones.

Report Updated On: 08/14/2017
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