River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 25 cfsCurrent Temp: 38°F 
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   25 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   25 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   25 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   25 cfs
Gage Height:   0.59 ft

The Big Thompson this time of year can be an awesome spot to spend a day. Small midges in size 22-24 are about the only thing on the meal ticket. Fish will be stacked in the deeper, walking paced holes and pools. Low flows call for inconspicuous indicators, delicate presentation and longer leaders. You definitely want to be bouncing bottom, so experiment with weight until you find the sweet spot. RS2's, Cardinal Midges, and Top Secret Midges are all good choices. The San Juan worm can also do some serious damage in the tailwater throughout the Winter months. While nymphing will be the most productive way to pick up fish, the T also tends to be a hotspot to catch some fish on the surface. As the weather warms up, you should start to see some fish come to the surface and become more active- single dries will fish, but a dry trailing an emerger such as an RS2 can be downright deadly when this occurs. 6x tippet is mandatory this time of year, and Fluoro will get more eats than Mono time and time again. Lower down in the canyon is pretty much all iced up, but there will be some open water on the warmer days for sure. If you head down here, really focus on only the deepest holes, and be ready to work for your fish. Staying right below the dam is probably your best bet right now.

Report Updated On: 12/31/2016
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