River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 28 cfsCurrent Temp: 67°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   28 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   28 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   27 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   28 cfs
Gage Height:   0.63 ft

Still flowing slow and low, but midge hatches have the feed bag on, and the upper canyon has been opening up to offer more water for the many anglers fishing the Big Thompson. For selective feeders try a CDC Midge, Sprout Midge, or a Trailing Shuck Midge on 6X or 7X tippet. Fluorocarbon will get you more eats as well, and the Trout Hunter tippets in 6.5X have been a huge success. Good nymphs to fish are the Sparkle Wing or CDC RS2, Rainbow Warrior, Poison Tung, Foam Back Emerger, Ray Charles, Soft Hackle Sow Bug, and the Micro Mayfly. BWO's are just sporadic for now, but get much thicker as we slide into April. Look for a bump in flows to really jump start the Big Thompson, which we usually see sometime in April. Nymphing has been productive outside the hatch windows, but the low flows have been making for some excellent, yet challenging dry fly fishing. Try a downstream presentation where you feed the fish the fly first. At these lower flows it seems to be more productive. The meadow below the dam is often crowded, so slipping into the upper canyon can help you find more open water. Best dry fly fishing has been from 11am to 3pm on the warmer days, and sometimes the fish are on the surface until almost dusk.

Report Updated On: 03/25/2015
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