River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 125 cfsCurrent Temp: 70°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   125 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   125 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   125 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   124 cfs
Gage Height:   1.62 ft

The Big Thompson will remain to be our most consistent fishery throughout runoff. Being a tailwater, the water will remain relatively clear and the temperatures will not fluctuate as much keeping the bug activity consistent and fish on the feed. There has been a substantial amount of dry fly activity throughout the middle of the day, with fish actively looking up for an easy meal. When picking your bugs, think small midges and BWO's, including Black Beauty Midges, gray RS2's, and Barr's Emergers; if you do see some heads poking through the surface, a CDC Midge or Smokejumper should get the job done. Also, don't forget to toss small, simple attractors like Blue Poison Tung, Frenchies, CDC Pheasant Tail and Rainbow Warriors in the mix either. 5x fluorocarbon should be just fine tippet wise, as the higher water will definitely have the fish a tad less spooky than they have been all winter. Shop favorite point fly has been a tungsten bh Ray Charles and Soft Hackle Sow Bug both in grey. Lower down the canyon has also been producing a variety of nice bows and browns. A simple dry-dropper rig is the most appropriate set-up for the canyon stretch. Your favorite foam dry like a Chubby, Foam PMX, 409 or Hippie Stomper dropped off with tungsten general attractors like Tungsten Grey Soft Hackle or BH Sparkle Pupae. With that being said, there are more and more Caddis starting to pop throughout the canyon. Hatches will tend do be later in the day, during the warmer evenings. Hatches will be sparse until the weather stays warm but don't overlook skating or throwing a caddis dry, these strikes can be savage and a wonderful sight to see.

Report Updated On: 05/20/2016
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