River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 395 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   395 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   404 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   326 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   272 cfs
Gage Height:   3.32 ft

The Big T below the lake has definitely bumped lately, which means bigger bugs and heavier tippet are in play. Fish those slower edges and eddies and get your bugs down! Blue Wings continue to be a presence. These mayflies are driving the fish on the T crazy. Mornings can be spent nymphing or throwing streamers. As the day/water warms up, look for fish to move into feeding lanes, riffles and tailouts. A dry dropper rig or short leash nymph rig is the go to set up. Fishing the tailwater is fun and all, but I enjoy fishing down the canyon, less people, lots of bugs and hungry fish! 34 is still closed to traffic coming up from Loveland so the canyon is not seeing a lot of traffic, get up there while the gettin' is good! It's time to plan your day trips to Estes Park and experience the feedbag. The fish are eager to come to the fly, and this area should not be a blip you skip on your radar. Good bets in terms of point flies on a tandem nymph rig at the tailwater and in the canyon include Blue Poison Tungs, dark Zebra Midges, Micro Mays, Pheasant Tails, etc. in #16-20, dropping to small unweighted midges and emergers such as Sparkle Wing RS2s and WD-40s, Disco Midges, Foldover Baetis, Radiation Baetis, Bling Midges, Tailwater Tiny, Black Beauties, Top Secrets, Choco Foamback RS2, etc. #20-24. Para extended body BWO #18-22, Sparkle Dun #18-22, Crippled Baetis #18-22, Loopwing Emerger #18-22, Sprout baetis #18-22, Smokejumper baetis #18-22, and of course the para adams #16-22. Sometimes a big, dark stonefly nymph can do some damage in all sections of this river when water is high, as can the notorious squirmy worm!

Report Updated On: 05/16/2018
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