River Report
Report Bugs Weather Map River Rating: River Flow: 96 cfs
River Statistics:
»Below Lake Estes
Current:   96 cfs
6 Hrs Ago:   97 cfs
12 Hrs Ago:   105 cfs
24 Hrs Ago:   105 cfs
Gage Height:   1.37 ft

The flow in the canyon has dropped again after cranking along at near 350 CFS for a good while. Reports have been great on smaller dries, especially Red Quill, BWO, Parachute Adams, etc, but fish have still been looking up at some bigger terrestrials and attractors like Parachute Hoppers, Stimulators, ants and beetles on warmer days. If you're nymphing or fishing dry droppers, Micro Mays, Soft Hackle Pheasant tails in smaller sizes, JuJu Baetis, Zebra Midges and Poison Tungs have been favorites, especially early and late and on cooler, overcast days. Definitely continue to keep an eye out for caddis, as well. Shoulder seasons (early spring, mid-late fall) tend to see nice hatches of smaller, darker versions of some of the bugs we see all summer. Sometimes a small #18 Elk Hair Caddis with a black body is money on our Front Range streams like the Big Thompson in October/early November, depending on weather patterns. Recent tailwater below the lake reports indicated bigger stuff like heavy stoneflies were working when flows were higher, but as things drop down heading into winter think midges and other bugs like small pheasant tails. The streamer bite has been good as well, the fluctuating flows can sometimes push baitfish and smaller trout out of their holds and you'd be surprised by the size of fish that will follow. Single hook sparkle minnows, sculpzillas, buggers, and brown trout patterns all do their part in turning fish. Smoke the far bank strip, strip, set!

Report Updated On: 10/05/2017
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