River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 43 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   43 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   43 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   24 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   25 cfs
Gage Height:   0.86 ft

Flows have been a bit sporadic at the Big T tailwater below the lake, but in general it's going to remain at a skinny wintertime flow for the foreseeable future, so it's a good time to either dial in more of a "finesse" type nymph rig setup. If you have a "bobber allergy" and feel more inclined to stick to a dry dropper, try leading with smaller dries like Red Quills, BWOs, Parachute Adams, etc., in #16-18. Productive nymphs this time of year, whether below a dry or in a tandem nymphing setup, include Micro Mays, Soft Hackle PTs, JuJu Baetis, Sparkle Wing RS2s, Bling Midges, Tailwater Tiny, Black Beauties, Zebra Midges, and Poison Tungs in #20-24. If you see midge sippers rising to the tiny, dark bugs that often come off in force up here, try a #18-20 Griffith's Gnat in the lead dropping to a tiny midge dry like a Sprout Midge or Para Midge in #24-26. As a rule, midges and drab bugs with brown/grey coloration like the flashback WD-40 tend to pick up the most fish for me in here during the months of roughly December - February. A great rig to try if you're nymphing would be a sz 20 Blue Poison Tung or Zebra Midge on point with a #22 WD-40, Foamback RS2, or Top Secret Midge (or whatever is your favorite tiny, unweighted midge pattern) trailing behind on 6x fluorocarbon.

Report Updated On: 12/05/2017
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