River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 516 cfsCurrent Temp: 84°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   516 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   516 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   512 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   641 cfs
Gage Height:   3.93 ft

The Big Thompson will remain to be our most consistent fishery throughout runoff. Being a tailwater, the water will remain relatively clear (though it can stain to some extent, it seldom becomes unfishably dark) and the temperatures will not fluctuate as much keeping the bug activity consistent and fish on the feed. The bigger bugs will get the job done in these high water conditions- Girdle Bugs and San Juan Worms can be top producers in the Big T. Also, don't count out throwing simple attractors- the Prince Nymph in size 12 has been absolutely crushing it the past few days. 4x 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. Another shop favorite point fly has been a tungsten BH Ray Charles or Soft Hackle Sow Bug in grey. Lower down the canyon, dry-dropper rigs thrown along the banks have been the most productive method for tagging a few fish. 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. There are a fair number of caddis popping through the canyon as well, so a caddis nymph dropped behind a hopper wouldn't be a bad call either. Hatches will tend to be later in the day, during the warmer evenings. Last but not least, look to toss a streamer such as a Sparkle Minnow or Autumn Splendor on overcast days or in the evenings for a fun change of pace and a chance at some larger-than-average-fish.

Report Updated On: 06/13/2016
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